Making Room for Magic: Letting Go

Today I am starting a new series on the blog I'm calling Making Room for Magic.  It will be all about upgrading your home environment and how it can have an impact on you. This is going to be the first post in that series.  Hope you enjoy!

In my last post, I mentioned leaving my job last week.  I thought I was going to miss it terribly, but I have to be honest...I don't.  Since I've been home these last few days, we have really started getting the house in shape.  It's shocking how much you let go when you work full time and then come home and wife/parent full time.  Weeds grow, dust builds up, closets overflow.  Little things pile up and become big things (I'm looking at you, garage!).  Thankfully, I am in the position to really focus on our house and what we can change.  Right now we are actually having fun getting rid of things that no longer serve us and just giving the house a good overhaul.  I am taking part in a workshop hosted by one of my fave gals ever, and I feel like it has helped me with all the decluttering and clearing out on a much deeper level.  You'll hear more about that in later posts.  

The first thing we did was tackle the master closet.  It's still a work in progress, but it looks much better than it did! When I left my job I had to turn in a ton of shirts that had the company monogram on them.  That took a huge chunk out of my wardrobe.  For the most part, the "uniform" we wore was NOT me.  We all tried to bend the dress code as much as possible, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't happy to get rid of all those shirts! Not only did it leave a hole in my closet (thus making room for more items that ARE me), it prompted me to dig deeper. I went through and took out anything that didn't fit properly, that I hadn't worn it a while, or I wasn't in love with, and bagged it up.  Three garbage bags full later the closet is much more open.  I still need to go through bags and shoes, but doing the hanging and folded items was a HUGE step.  Now, we can actually walk in to the closet without stepping on piles of dry cleaning, and doing away with so much has made getting dressed much less overwhelming.  Only things I love are left, so when I get dressed in the morning I am starting the day off on a positive note.  Every little bit helps!

After the overhaul started, I decided that the closet needed a little something special so I just ordered this:

I have wanted a leopard rug for my closet since we first moved into this house two years ago.  The closet was too short and too wide for the traditional runner, so I opted for a 3x5.  This size should make it feel more like a carpet instead of a rug.  I am really excited to get it! It feels good to get rid of things that no longer serve you, so you can make room for something you've had your eye on for years.  When it arrives, I'll give an update!

As I make changes to the house over the next few weeks, I will post updates.  Again, the workshop I am taking part in has really been an eye opening experience for me.  I highly recommend signing up for it if you need a little push in the right direction of pulling your home together.  Even designers who have been doing this for over a decade need help now and then :)

Have a great week!

Lori