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Fixer Upper Style – Here I Come

After five years of apartment living, my daughter and I are getting the opportunity to start fresh anew. When we started this adventure we had to leave a 3800 sq foot house and narrow down our lives to a 500 sq foot apartment.

To say the least, we were crowded. It’s hard to know what to keep and what to let go, when you don’t know where you’re going.

Then came along the fantastic book called The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up – The Japanese Art of De-cluttering and Organizing, by Marie Kondo. Through this book I discovered I was hanging onto things that used to spark joy – in my old house, in my old life. I also discovered how much past emotion is tied into our current possessions. I donated everything I could but kept my best pieces.

Now, with the help of a new coalition in town, my daughter and I are the first candidates to be matched to?a house that is being renovated, adding beauty to the town while helping people become homeowners. The house is 1000 sq feet.

For this, I am thankful for the hours spent in tight quarters that is teaching me what is and isn’t clutter. I am thankful for the money high and lows that all artist’s experience for the sake of their art, because it’s given me an even sharper?perspective than I had before. Had I moved right from my former house into my new house, I would have missed the joy and the treasure of its unique situation. He has new plans for me, and I am willing to walk in them.

I am also thankful for a show that came out recently on Netflix called Fixer Upper. I am two seasons late to join the show – but the timing was perfect.

Joanna Gaine’s?mixture of antiques with new, her color palette and her de-cluttered spaces meets my heart’s cry. For the first time since knowing I’m moving, I have a picture of what sparks joy for me. It’s so much easier now to go to the next level of konmari, seeing the style I’ve always loved executed in an amazing way.

Below is the picture of my new dining table in the store where I found it. ?I am so excited to see it in context.




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