It's amazing what looking at things with fresh eyes can do to your attitude. As I have begun the process of clearing out clutter and pairing down to what I truly love, I am rediscovering what a gem my little home is.
Simply refreshing a few corners of my cottage has made me excited to continue with the long, laborious task of editing and purging. As an added bonus, I'm finding a bit of my personal style along the way, too.
I've also discovered that if I don't make an immediate decision to put something into the purge pile that more often than not I end up putting it the storage pile, which is the pile that should be the smallest. Old habits are hard to break, that's for sure.
While I will never be a true minimalist in decorating, I am starting to love having open space and blank walls. What a revolution to find out that every wall doesn't need a picture or a plate to make me happy. Displaying what I love in clusters and leaving some areas free seems to be the best mix for me.
Does this mean I don't love stuff and enjoy seeing it in other homes...not hardly, nor does this mean that when I look at a beautiful home with minimal things displayed I'm not tempted to follow suit. It means that I'm finally starting to find the balance that works for me, right now.
After all, isn't that what style is all about?
I'm joining these lovely linky parties...
House in the roses for Show off Your Cottage Monday
Dittle Dattle for Amaze Me Monday
Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphis Monday
Mellow Yellow Monday
Boogie Board Cottage for Masterpiece Monday