Weekends go by so fast that you really need to wring out all the time you can during them. I remember back when I was in my 20s it was so much fun to go out to clubs, stay up until the wee hours of the morning and then sleep half the day away. Over the years I have become much more focused on the day light hours. This includes getting up drinking much less, going to bed earlyish (on most nights), and getting up and using my day with a plan. This weekend I started with a little bit of a plan to do some house cleaning and some art. But by Friday night I was thinking about (and reading blogs about) doing some fairly intense decluttering.
I still haven’t read the book “The Life-Changing magic of Tidying up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing” by Marie Kondo but it is next in my queue. The blogs I read motivated me enough that I decided to tackle my 3 very full linen closets. Initially I was intending to only do one so I could reclaim some space for finished artwork but that plan didn’t last long because the task went so fast. All 3 of them took about an hour. Pretty much I sorted out 4 towels, 4 hand towels, 4 washcloths per person plus 1 set of backup sheets per bed. The rest went to donation, recycle, rehome, and trash. Over 150 pounds of towels, sheets, blankets, curtains, doilies, etc. If my linen closets can’t stay clean now I will probably cry. I am excited to read the book and start on the next clutter pile. My husband added a few to the list too. It’s good to have a partner that is willing to go down the rabbit hole with you.
Painting the Bathroom
Around the decluttering we made a trip to Home Depot for paint for the master bathroom, a shelf I am going to build for my sons room, and stain for the frames I am going to build. The master bathroom was an impulse. We have lived in the house for 4 years and have redone the towel racks and stuff in the master bath but never got around to painting the patch on the walls. So we painted not only the white patches but also the weird yellow undertone tan that was on the wall. Pure khaki in the main area. Below you can see the old color on the upper portion and the new on the bottom. Not a lot of difference but removing the yellow not only made the room brighter but it made it look cleaner and improved the lighting on our skin.
The toilet stall area we painted a light brown called “Home Sweet Home”. It looks like mud when wet. And we made lots of poo jokes about the color. But I think it feels cozy…not that a toilet needs to feel cozy but its a small area. The picture isn’t great but just think of the color of smooth soft mud…like the stuff you would see in a mud bath.
Taking an art break and painting in encaustic
After all of that I didn’t have the energy to build the shelf and frame so those get to wait until next weekend. But I did ‘rest’ while painting an encaustic painting. This was only my second one so I was still doing plenty of experimenting. But I mixed in some glass glitter and opal crystal from the Ice Resin line and explored how it embedded in the wax. And I did plenty of heat gun work on the wax so it was beautifully cosmic when done. I did try inlay work and was not super happy with the results…so I melted that into the cosmos as well. Ultimately I am happy with the turnout but know with time this will improve.
I am so looking forward to what this year brings in my art and my decluttering mission. I hope you are inspired to take a minute to try your own decluttering and art.