The great CLEAN OUT of 2013!!!

Nope…Im not moving – although it looks like it :)

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I have been in some sort of a funk lately when it comes to my house.  I really dont think its just the winter ickies that will soon pass.  I have been feeling this coming for a while.  I just need a fresh start.

A few months back i repainted the main areas in my house in a light gray (repose gray by Sherwin Williams) thinking that would give me that “renewed” feeling.  Although i like it, i dont know if i love it – know what i mean?

Since then i have brought in a few more pieces of furniture (the yellow dresser w/mirror on the back wall, the blue cupboard in my kitchen and the tall door cupboard) – i just think with all these pieces of furniture, and all in different colors, i just started to feel overwhelmed.

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My problem is that i love all these pieces!

If you follow me on Facebook, you know that i posted a couple days ago the idea of cleaning everything out and just starting fresh.  I have been thinking about it for a bit, so yesterday i finally did it.

I put everything down in the basement in the corner.   It really didnt take up that much space and we arent using the basement right now anyways.

Lots asked what i will do with everything?  Well, eventually i think most of it will be brought back up.  BUT, some of it will be painted and some will be sold.  But i just dont know yet what i want to do with anything so for now it will just be there waiting until i decide :)  I need to give it some time and decide what i miss and what i dont.

I LOVE having everything cleared out.  It will give me the chance to decide what to do with my wall color (i may want to paint it all white or a warmer gray?), what to bring back up, and most of all the chance to CLEAN – i mean really, really clean!  With all that furniture in the way its hard to really scrub!

I just need this fresh start and a fresh look on my space without all my stuff cluttering up my mind.

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I decided a while back to paint my table after i painted my kitchen cabinets (which i havent even posted about!!) – along with painting the table i will be replacing the top because i hate it.  So i took the table apart and sold just the top.

We dont really use our table too much, but this will be one of the 1st projects to bring back in because its such a large piece of furniture.

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I originally had this tall cabinet in mind for my kitchen, but i finished up the blue one 1st, so the tall cabinet went by the tv.  I thought it was ok there but didnt love it.  So this clean out gave me the chance to kinda move a couple things around just to see…sometimes i have a vision for things and if i dont move it around, paint it, switch it up, etc then it will eat at me until i do it!  Sometimes it works out, sometimes not so much :)

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I really like the cabinet in the kitchen!  I left it here for now to live with it a bit and see how i like it.

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But, i really like my blue cupboard there as well…i tried moving it somewhere else just to see…but i didnt like it.


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So there it is, all cleaned out!  Its a little weird living in a space with no “fluff” but i kinda like it!  It feels clean and open and i havent even started my deep cleaning yet.  Im thinking about painting half of one wall white and one a darker warm gray…but i may just leave the gray as is, we’ll see :)

Have you guys every just taken everything out to get a fresh look at your space?  Did you end up bringing it all back in or did you buy all new stuff?  Do you think im crazy!?!  

13 replies
  1. Sandra Sandling
    Sandra Sandling says:

    You are my hero. You have a children and a four legged child with white furniture. How on earth do you keep it so clean? Also, I love your projects along with your decorating style. Rock on girlfriend!

    • Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins}
      Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins} says:

      hey, thank you!! White slipcovers are THE BEST! What other color can you take off once a month (or two…) and bleach! I love knowing that my couch is clean :)

  2. Elissa Newcomer
    Elissa Newcomer says:

    Love the clean slate! After 5 years of living in my house I want to dump everything, well with the exception of all my Sausha creations! I love your tall white cabinet next to your EAT wall. Makes that wall look even taller and draws your eye up with that cool EAT sign! I’m sure your house will love fabulous don’t fret! Can’t wait to see how it looks when you’re done! Take care friend :)

  3. Janae
    Janae says:

    I love your house! Love the colors, layout, everything! I think sometimes we really do need to start from scratch and ask ourselves what do we really need and want from our homes. I have a similar (if not the exact) table and chairs. I detest the tabletop! I cannot wait to see what you do with it! Thanks so much for the time and effort you put into your blog!

  4. kat mccarthy
    kat mccarthy says:

    i also have slipcovers ,mine are off white though,but with a boxer and a cat,nice to just pulkl them off ,throw in the washer,and u can wait a month or so,cause u klnow they’ll come clean!!!

  5. Linda Stoll
    Linda Stoll says:

    i love your windows, Sausha … and wonder if they’ll be even more of a focal point with less stuff hanging out?

    yes, i am doing this challenge and my kitchen walls … and me … couldn’t be happier!

  6. karen
    karen says:

    acutally i looking and studying your room i would remove the large chandlier from both areas and i would hang 2 pendants above the counter space for th dinning area i would go for a large round drum chandlier nothing to heavy looking maybe a burlap or cloth shade also for rugs in the area maybe some dash and albert strip rugs. i do like the rug you already have down in family/lliving space i would go for a more coastal/ beachy cottage look.

  7. Kay
    Kay says:

    I did that with our formerly “busy” art ledges in the living room. Took everything away + put back less than half of what was formerly there. I am thinking of selling my humongous postal sorter + purging a lot of the stuff that it displays. ;-)


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