I couldn’t take it any longer.
There was just too much stuff cluttering up the visual space in our home. I’m in a weird spot in my emotional life – deeply craving light and calm, direction and needing a deep exhale – and it has translated into this crazy lady pulling off and packing up every accessory just to let the house (and me) breathe a little.
My friend Myquellyn calls it Quieting The House. By removing all of the stuff (the accessories, pillows, picture frames, cute things!) it reduces visual distractions, clutter and loudness that I just need gone right now. I’m an accessory lover, but sometimes it gets out of control and quieting the house becomes necessary to help figure out what I like, what is just there for the sake of being there, what works, what doesn’t and why I insist on putting so many pillows on the couch.
So this past weekend, I shushed the house. Mostly just the living room and entry/hallways. The kitchen is next.
Here was the entry being all LOUD:
And here it is QUIET:
Here’s the living room LOUD:
It’s looking a bit sparse and blah – and maybe like we’re packing up to move – so eventually accessories will be brought back in and curtains will be hung and the shelves will be re-styled. We’ll probably move some furniture around.
But for now, it’s sort of refreshing.
By getting rid of all of the stuff, I can see each space for what it is and assess what we can do to make it work better for our family. One thing we’ve noticed is how dark the walls feel. They are a light-ish neutral, but the paint is 8 years old and looking a little rough and it’s probably time to put on a fresh coat of paint. White. Everywhere, white. And that carpet. Oh how we want to pull it up! Hopefully soon.
For now, I have a chair-less dining room with stacks and bins of stuff that may or may not make its way back into our lives.
Shhhhhh … quieting the house is good for the soul.