2.7.12

de-cluttering

Before the holidays it's time to de-clutter! 
I've been de-cluttering a lot lately, starting from the living room. 
Painted the walls white (all of them finally) moving things around, 
giving things away. It's incredible how much you can accumulate 
in six months or so. In the process I learn to detach from stuff, 
to choose wisely every thing I bring into the home, to think twice 
"do I really want/need/like this?". 
The more I do it, the easiest it becomes. 
The hardest part was to begin it.

In the garden some berries I planted, a mix between 
black and raspberries, I forgot the name, loganberries perhaps?
White lavender.

Have a nice week.






29 comments:

Kaylovesvintage said...

looks empty and fresh...

is time I start to do the same

Maria said...

I have never seen white lavender!Beautiful!!
I hope this week will be a very good week to me too.
Take care of you lovely lady
x
maria

Kickcan & Conkers said...

Your home always looks so inviting. I am de-cluttering too, it feels so good!

Isabelle said...

thanks to you I learned that there is white lavender ... is the smell different from purple lavender ?

Barbara said...

Your home looks so fresh and relaxing. It's beautiful!
I'm always trying to de-clutter, but I fear I'm a clutterbug by nature.

Séverine said...

oh je ne connaissais pas la lavande blanche ... :)
bises et bonne semaine à toi aussi Alessandra

la casita said...

Kay, thank you! yes start as Deborah said it feels so good!
Maria, Isabelle and Severine, glad I posted this pic then! X
Barbara, I thought the same about myself but I found a method and now I stick to it, it works nicely. Good luck with your de-cluttering then!
Thanks all! x

jane said...

i´m loving all the little details.
have a great week!
x

la casita said...

Isabelle, it smells of minty lavender, fresh and relaxing!

Karen said...

Decluttering is one of my favourite things to do. I love your philosophy. To me a lack of clutter = calm.

at swim-two-birds said...

I should do the same, but I'm not ready for it yet :)
nice place you have Alessandra!

Arctic Mum said...

We have painted everything in white too. But I find myself too attached to objects. I should do something about it, like opening an Etsy shop (I may just do that). Have a good holiday, we're off to Denmark and France soon:)

Kylie Hunt said...

I love the plates on the wall Alessandra - are they all Midwinter designs? I'd love to see a close up shot if you feel like showing :) Gorgeous photos - I wish I could declutter here... it would take a mental strength I don't have I'm afraid! I swear I'll be one of those old ladies whose home is so cluttered you can't see the floor! :)) Have a great week! Kx

hiki said...

yes i totally agree. when we moved house a few months ago i promised to myself that i will keep only what i totally need but now i realise i was starting to forget.... thanks for reminding me of that. your place looks so lovely and calm!

fanja said...

I like the feeling of freshly nicely painted home, it looks very relaxing indeed. have a nice week Alessandra x

la casita said...

Karen, so true! lack of clutter gives peace of mind too.

Renilde, thank you! the moment will come :D

Arctic mum, it seems a good idea to me, you'll see how easy it will be, trust me...let it go!

Kylie, yes I will!no they are not all Midwinter, although I tend yo go for their design, the spotty one is a JG Meakin ( another favourite of mine) and the one with black lines is much older, has no name and it looks more 1930's or so.
To de-clutter you just need to tackle the house by sections, even starting from a draw, then slowly go through everything. As a rule of thumb I say : did I used/wore/needed this in the last 3 years? if the answer is no then I think again, do I want to really keep it? and if yes for what reason? if I find reasonable reasons then I keep it if not I give it away. I also have some other rules like: is it plastic? is it vintage? is it worth it? is it something I can pass to my daughter? be rootless in the process and you will see... :-)

Hiki, hello, thank you!

Fanja,thanks, yes it is.

Trula said...

I am constantly throwing things out but looking at your pictures I would love to spend a weekend clearing out even more. I'll show them to my kids, too. Maybe they'll make them think about the stuff we MUST take home a little more.

Les petites choses de la Madame said...

It feels good to do the storage, it also order the ideas ...
All this white on the walls ... this is the most beautiful and made ​​out and highlight so well the little things that make our home.
Your photos are so beautiful!

Anna said...

I also am going to start de-clutter things, this afternoon will go to buy paint maybe white, maybe gray!

Lilli said...

Your home is such a good reflection of how I imagine you to be; clean, bright and a bit adventurous.
Seven years ago, we gave away everything we owned (except from childhood drawings, photographs and little memorabilias). No looking back, no regrets and not once have I missed what is now living happy lives somewhere else.
x

la casita said...

Trula, kids are hoarder by nature isn ' t it?

Madame, thank you :-)

Anna, have fun then.

Lilli, thanks, what a positive attitude yours is! I never regret too. x

If Jane said...

i love your world...;))

matilda said...

great place (inside and outside)

Gracia said...

Inspired to make room in the garden to grow berries once more.

Lovely details.

Floor Number Four. said...

The place looks great and fresh! Lovely photographs, lovely details!

Laëtitia said...

Oh wow ! I never seen white lavender before ! I have to find one ! it smells as others lavenders ? ^.^

trishie said...

White lavender?! First time i've heard or seen. Do they smile like lavender too?

la casita said...

thank you!
Gracia yes do it, they cost a fortune in the shops but they are easy to grow in your garden!

Laetitia and Trishie, the smell it's a mix between mint and lavender, quite subtle, delicious! :-)

Mamzelle Titoo said...

Oh lovely ! thank you Alessandra I'm going to search for one ! ^.^