Sunday, May 17, 2009

The Urge to Purge

All that cleaning has made me tired!

It happens to me every year. When I get really stressed out I clean like a crazy woman. I have an uncontrollable urge to purge. To free my life of clutter and stuff and things that need to be dusted. To lighten up the place and let the air and sun in. Those of you that know me closely are laughing as usual. I always seem to collect stuff over the year and end up right back here. But not this time! Mark my words. I've been on a journey to keep things calm, clean and serene. I love whites and creams with just a hint of color here and there. Like a little bit of makeup on a healthy face. Nothing heavy, just light.

So I cleaned out the bookcases, the cupboards, the closets and had a mega yard sale. I can breathe again and I'm calm. Now my mind can be free and focus stitching. I have some wonderful new designs that are light, airy and fun. The first of them will debut this week. Be sure to hop back for a visit. Until then, I leave you with before and after shots of the great room bookcases, some calming photos of my roses from yesterday and of course, a sleeping bunny.

Bookcases before. Took away the books (moved them to other room) got rid of dusty fake plants. Sneeze, cough, contact has dust on it and I can't see!

Now my favorite items in shades of white and cream. Easy to care for.
I'm saving for a new slipcover for the couch and two new chairs. Those two I'm going to put back in the bedroom. Need to sell some other things first.

Wishing you a calm, peaceful and serene week.
bunny hugs,
this week IGF simplifying


lisa said...

Shell ~

Your home is amazing, I love the redo. That sleeping rabbit is to cute for words and the roses, well they are breathtaking.


Susan said...

Roses...mine are little tiny buds!!
Had to laugh at your clean out...even as we speak, I have 3 trash cans and 2 giant bags by the road for trash pick up tomorrow!

Noelle Garrett Designs said...

Just looking at your home relaxes me. Someday when the kiddies are grown I want a clutter free house. Until then it is tripping over legos and dolls. LOL
Have a great week!

Miniature Patisserie Chef said...

Hi Shell,

I love your house. It does look so clean and calm. Looks like you did a lot of work!

Pei Li

The French Bear said...

I love your room, it's beautiful!!!! I love the bunnies too!!
Margaret B

gail said...

Hi Shell, I am so glad you have been able to get your spring cleaning done! Your living room is just beautiful. Your pink roses are so pretty! I love that color. I cant wait to see what new designs you are working on! I sure wish you were coming to Cape Cod too. I hope we get to see each other in the near future!
bunny hugs, gail

Susie said...

Hi Shell! Your home is just beautiful, before and after! The pink roses are to die for! Lovely!
The Polka Dot Rose

Nancy said...

Is my house next Shell?

Huggs, Nancy

Marydon said...

I pay well, when may I schedule you? Chuckle ... TTFN ~ Marydon

Cottage Flair said...

Your house is beautiful and yes, very calming. You have quite the decorating touch. I wish I had the energy to de-clutter. My husband would be in heaven!

Hef's Mom said...

My poor rose is still in the pot because somebody (*cough* Hef's Dad *cough*) will not dig a hole for it! At least I finally decided where to put it! I think we are in spring cleaning mood too, we are painting and removing wallpaper all over the house!

Dawn-Hydrangea Home said...

Love the new look Michelle! Something I need to do desparately.
PS-Come to NY and you too can have Macarons and Il Divo!

Lynette Larson - Campbell said...

Oh Shell, you are so braveee! I need to do it but doggone it one I get rid of it I think of a use for it the following week!!!

The Buns always make me smile...I can not look at a bunny now without thinking of you or a joke that is about them...I got a really naughty one last night though and it made me go "sniff sniff" -- not sending that one to Shell!!!

Patricia said...

Just beautiful, Shell. It is so serene looking. Want to come and do my bookshelves? At the moment I would be embarassed to post a picture of any of them, lol.
The roses are amazing!
Patricia Rose-A Potpourri of Fabric, Fragrance and Findings

Carolee Crafts said...

I think your home is beautiful and would love creams and whites, DH loves colour so he decorates and so wins. Shame on you for wearing Chloe out, looks like she needs a holiday after all that clearing and cleaning, lol.

Hugs x

Mary Wadsworth said...

Gorgeous Shell! So calming and peaceful:)


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