Wednesday, February 1, 2012

A Room of My Own - Declutter Challenge #1

These two photos show how the future "Room of my Own" used to look.  It was our office and functioned well as one for about a year. Then Michael purchased a new laptop and we took to using our laptops in the living room, thanks to having wireless internet and the "office" turned into a junk room/paper collection spot.
These two photos were taken the day that Michael organized the room as an office so it looks pretty organized - this DID NOT LAST!! (Look - you can see my Crofters Lane Jar on top of the bookcase!) I don't know what the heck I'm eating but look how tanned I am!
As I stated in my decluttering goals there are (were) a few areas I wanted to organize better so that I could a) access what I need more easily...and b) be more pleasing to the eye (that's important to me)...and c) be able to see all of the things that are important to me like photos, candles & small carvings that I made. There is much to tell you about what a "Room of my Own" means to me so today's post will just be about the decluttering and organizing for Carla's challenge. Periodically I will give you a more personal glimpse into my ROOM.

The photo above show my VERY cluttered and ugly bookcase. It had TOO much stuff on it and a lot of ugly stuff as well as too many photos and sculptures and decor items. Here's one of the shelves for a close up.

Just a wee bit busy wouldn't you say? And who wants to look at my bills holders and cheap Dollarama incense burner? You're right - nobody.  Here's what my bookcase looks like now:

Much less cluttered but still containing my most beloved objects.
 A picture of my mother and I on the wall. My most prized books: some have stories in them written by my mother, some were gifts to me from my mother and others were gifts to my mother from me! Also a collection of reference books I frequently use. And a new addition next to the big dictionary is a book of blank pages that I gave to my artist brother Kim with the inscription - "write some poems about nature"...and so he did! I have it back filled with his beautiful poetry! There is also a photo (bottom left) of my gramma as a little girl, a few other tiny photos and two of my sculptures made from carving and polishing fossils.
 MUCH less on this next shelf. The wedding photo of my mom and dad, my favorite picture of my nephew Paul kissing Kazi as a baby and one of my favorite pictures of my dad and I dancing around the dining room table. (My Crofters Lane Jar and my Sealed Pot in the back and two boxes containing smaller items.
A lot of the paper clutter were genealogy documents which are now housed neatly in the box. Fittingly there is a photo of an ancestor's thatched cottage in Dicklesburgh, photos of my two grandmothers and a china shoe in the background which I gave to one of my grammas. Another of my sculptures on top of the box.

 Photo albums, not pretty but very important.
The rest of my genealogy papers flanked by my sailor dad and my mom waving at me while riding her bike. See where I get it from?

Ok, next up - another ugly area of printer, papers, binders, paper and lots of wires.  Now it looks like this:

Pretty boxes house papers and binders and help to hide all the wires.

My gorgeous oak drop-leaf gate-leg table which was the first antique I ever purchased more than 30 years ago is weighted down by books, photos and a vase of PEI dirt and rocks from Crofters Lane.

And here it is now:

 Right this very second I am typing this post on my laptop while sitting at my table.  The blinds are closed now though as it is...6:51pm and very dark outside!

Starting from the left: a photo of my dad aged about 20, small photo is the whole family, then my mom, then the happy baby is ME, then my gramma and Kazi in one of her Gr. 12 grad photos. 

Here's a close up of my dad and I:

Here I am in my Gr. 1 photo, and yes I had a sailor dress on!

And finally:

Here is a picture of someone who really needed a "Room of her Own".

To be continued.....


Carla said...

Love it!! Especially love the photos! I'm so tired today, I did a bunch of nothing! :(

susanna said...

wow! I did kinda like that incense burner LOL! you need to come do my place!

merisaver said...

You look like my kinda girl. Thanks for sharing, I like the way you can both work in the office actually facing each other. Why have I never thought of that?

debby said...

Everything looks so much nicer!!! Love that you have surrounded yourself with things and people you love!! We have at least one thing in each of our rooms from the past. I didn't plan it that way it just happened. I feel like I am watching a strip tease waiting on the big revile of "A room of your own"!! A little more each day! Just kidding

kim said...

My oh my have you been busy,  my day has gone to crap, but I will keep going.

Sharon said...

Thank you for sharing your *room*.  I loved seeing all of your treasures...I lOVED the oak drop leaf table...My grandmother had a diningroom table (maple) that opened up to sit 12 but closed up to fit very nicely in a 10x10 room. I LOVE furniture like that!  My sister is now the proud owner of that table....but if she ever decides to get rid of's mine! :)!

Marguerite said...

Jane, thanks for the lovely trip down memory lane!  You have so many wonderful photos of family and past events, it's a pleasure to see them all and get to know you better.

Jharrison56 said...

I laughed when I read "down memory lane" because both my mom and my dad wrote columns for their local paper and my dad's was called "Down Memory Lane!" Their columns and photos are my most prized possessions. Right now my brother is creating an e-book based on my dad's written and taped memoirs of his experiences during WWII. We're all such a nostalgic bunch!

Jharrison56 said...

I'm awfully partial to antiques and that table was the start of it all:) I also like to refinish and have brought many a blackened dresser etc back to its original glory. When childhood memories are attached to family pieces it makes them so precious!

Jharrison56 said...

"Gone to crap" - that doesn't sound too positive - hope today is much better!

Jharrison56 said...

Yes, well, as I "lose weight" and "declutter" I feel more inclined to share !!  I think seeing it all at once is never as good as seeing it a bit at a time and savoring it! IMHO

Jharrison56 said...

Yes, working across from each other was great while it lasted but now I work alone in my Room of my Own:) though of course we make LOTS of time for each other!

Jharrison56 said...

You know, there was a time when I wanted to be an interior decorator or home blueprint designer but my career went in other directions, probably just as well. So I just experiment on my own place.

Jharrison56 said...

A bunch of nothing? That doesn't sound like you Carla! Were you unwell or was life just throwing crap at you?

Savingfortravel said...

Oh, Jane congrats on improving 'your room', that bookcase looks fantastic.

I've loved reading this post and it's reminded me that I really must put more cherished photos in thank  you!

Sft x