Well I am making progress following Apartment Therapy January Cure and my quest to embrace minimalism. Although I am not completing all the assignments as scheduled, I am making a world of difference in my home and retaining only those items that serve me and donating the rest. Speaking of donating, I found a couple of new places like Project Linus, which takes quilting fabric donations and the New York Public Housing Authority which takes furniture and household items for residents in need. It takes a litte effort and a few phone calls to locate the right places; however, it is well worth it. Not only does it spear the landfill, it also is helpful to people who need help.
Back to the Apartment Therapy January cure, I decided t spend a day restoring my bedroom to it’s former glory. It never got back to normal after painting it.
This says it all. Aside from the messy desk, notice the headboard behind the chair. It never got attached to the bed after the bed was moved to the front of the window. How sad. Never rehanged the curtains, mostly because I didn’t want to use the same ones that I had taken down.
And the shelves have become overloaded with too much stuff.
I belong to a book club and I donated most of the ones stacked back there.
So, I tidied up the desk and vowed to stop using it as a dumping ground anymore. Those vertical surfaces are so inviting and become magnets for anything and everything, don’t they?
Attached the headboard to the frame.
By the way, this headboard used to look like this.
You can see the transformation here
Next, I tackled the shelving and got rid of the excess clutter.
So much better now. Changed the lower fabric containers since they were getting a little too floppy with these sturdy replacements.
I didn’t bother to style the shelves in my effort to keep it real. The books, binders and paperwork hidden away in the magazine holders are used regularly.
As for the drapes, I have amassed a large collection of drapes over the years but,I just wanted something different and my color and design aesthetic is changing AGAIN. I was a brown, cream, blue fanatic, however, these days I gravitate more toward all shades of blue, various shades of white and cream for a more airy and soothing pallete. And, I am only interested in furniture and furnishings that are versatile and will work in almost any room. I like to have the ability to mix it up when the creativity juices start flowing..
So I hung these Ikea sheer curtains I haven’t used for a while.
I love them! In the daytime especially because they let all the light in.
And now, I have a blank canvas to work with. The board you see leaning on the desk, actually there are two, will serve as my inspiration boards. I need to hang them and decide what else to hang on the other walls as well.
Also want to purchase some adjustable arm lighting fixtures for each side of the bed. Just haven’t found any that I like just yet.
Oh and yes, those temporary vinyl shades need to be replaced; yet another thing that i have procrastinated about all because I keep changing my mind about what type of shade to get. Lastly, although I changed the dust ruffle, I didn’t get around to changing the rest of the linens. I have a collection of shams, blankets, quilts and throws to choose from. As you may have guessed, I have a thing for linens and I have to get in check because they take up way too much space and conflict with my new minimalist mindset. A lot has already been donated. Future purchases will be scrutinized or maybe I will just stay out of the home stores because, quite honestly, I’m a linnen addict.
For now, I’m just glad the bedroom is decluttered and ready for the final touches.
How about you? Any decluttering or changes going on in your home?