Shop My Closet + Closet Makeover Ideas & New Year Decluttering

Shop My Closet + Closet Makeover Ideas & New Year Decluttering gets us (yes us…girrrrrl, I need encouragement since I am tempted to play the piano, floss, watch Fixer Upper re-runs or do anything else but organize!) energized to clean, organize, and declutter. A fresh year is a great time to let go of items we’re storing and not using as well as corral all the chaos!

My French Nordic cottage style bedroom is a retreat with painted furniture (BM Revere Pewter), white oak flooring, rustic alder doors, and a reclaimed pine Stikwood statement wall. Hello Lovely Studio.
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Shop My Closet + Closet Makeover Ideas & New Year Decluttering

Knotty alder wood interior door to my closet - Hello Lovely Studio. #closet #alderdoor #hellolovelystudio #interiordesign

Closet Purge – Props & Stuff for Sale

FOR OBVIOUS REASONS, ALL SALES are As-Is and FINAL with no exchanges or returns.

Vintage White Rosary (SOLD)

About 13.5″ counting the crucifix.

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Lot of 6 Vintage Rosaries, $90

I have collected many of these over the years, and here’s a chance to score an instant collection…they are humble and were collected from vintage shops.

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Reflection of a romantic white bed and Stikwood (Hamptons) wall in a French country cottage style bedroom with knotty alder doors by Hello Lovely Studio.
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Suede Chanel Ballet Flats, $50

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Restoration Hardware Linen-Cotton Lined Drapery Panel, $60 (NEW with tag; unused)

This panel is wrinkled from being stored folded. 60% cotton, 40% linen, and I intended to use the fabric for upholstery. Color is light grey, dimensions: 50×96, and full description HERE.

BUY NOW—>RH Drapery Panel – Light Grey

Petal Pink RH Baby & Child Linen-Cotton Drapery Panel (lined), $75 (NEW and unused), $75

Another RH panel which is wrinkled from being folded in storage – and intended for upholstering a bench or dining chairs. Gorgeous pale pink color. 60% cotton, 40% linen. Color is Petal and full description HERE.

For reference: Petal pink drapery panel in a kids room.

Lot of 5 Linens: 4 Vintage Pink Tablecloths & 1 Vintage Pillowcase,$95

I have stored these for years thinking I would use them to make pillows or shift dresses! None of them is perfect, and if yellow marks from use bother you…scroll right by. They are from the 1950s and have assorted imperfections and stains from use before they came to me.

BUY NOW—> Vintage Linen Lot of 5. 1. Bright pink tulips and blooms on a tablecloth, 50″x60″. 2. Pink roses tablecloth, 52″x68″. 3. Pink roses pillow case, 18″x32″. 4. Pink & aqua tablecloth, 44″x48″. 5. Pink roses with green tablecloth, 46″x48″.

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BUY YOUR OWN Sonny Angels to bring a smile to any dresser or shelf!

Sweet little Sonny Angels animal figures upon my dresser - Hello Lovely Studio. #sonnyangels

Moore & Giles Leather Satchel, $95

The color is a rich brown, and if you know this brand, than you’ll know the high quality and how the leather improves with age. Condition is gently used a few times and great! Click on the image to buy.

Hello Lovely Studio - Moore & Giles taupe leather satchel.
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My leather satchel from Moore & Giles. Hello Lovely Studio.
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Orla Kiely Poppy Dog Persimmon Pillow Cover (NEW and unused), $25

Actual dimensions are 17″x17″ (perfect for a 18×18 insert).

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Costume Jewelry Lot of 4: 2 Bracelets & 2 Brooches, $35

Front of the pins:

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Back:

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Alder door and French Nordic white bathroom. Hello Lovely Studio.
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Black J. Crew Pebble Leather Crossbody Bag, $55

It’s 12″ wide and 9″ long with an adjustable comfy knit/leather strap and antiqued gold toned hardware. Gently used and in yummy good condition.

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3 Custom Annie Selke Pillow Covers, $45

They are all envelope style, handmade, custom covers with beautiful Annie Selke (Pine Cone Hill) fabrics. The one in center with poppies is 18×18, and the other two chocolate brown covers are 16×16.

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Give a Coat Closet a Whole New Purpose!

Keep the Tones Neutral

Tips for Organizing Your Linen Closet
Bliss at Home – Shop My Closet + Closet Makeover Ideas & New Year Decluttering

Creatively Use Over-the-Door Shoe Storage

I’m No Superwoman

What’s different about my approach to winter decluttering and ongoing organization is that I have reached an age where I can no longer save the world in a day. Nope. Illness and assorted struggles have taught me perseverance and the beauty of working in bursts. Because, guess what? I’m living proof housework and home organization can get done even when you can only tackle it one baby step at a time.

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Marie Kondo

A year ago, it was a visit to my cousin’s home that inspired me to begin to order, prune, cast off, and spruce up my own place. Like a lot of folks, she is guided by Marie Kondo’s methods.

Nifty Organization Helps

My cousin’s motivation to increase a sense of freedom and to enjoy her home in a fresh way stirred me and inspired me to follow her lead.

Here’s the thing. An organized home delivers much more than just efficiency. The aesthetics matter too. Seeing those orderly drawers, cupboards, and closets can deliver an instant sense of calm.

Wabi Sabi

My home is not perfect – it’s not cluttery, but it definitely has a lived in look.

My white studio with Belgian style linen chairs and European country style - Hello Lovely Studio. #whitelinen #serenedecor
Rustic Round Dining Table
Round Dining Table:
FIND HERE

It is no coincidence that ideas for mindfulness, peace and serenity are perpetually addressed here. It takes intention to create and maintain balance. A book like this helps us to not create a perfect paradise at home but to learn to see the beauty of the worn and weathered.

Wisdom for Letting Go

Whether we’re talking about clinging to material or immaterial stuff, so much of life is about choosing what stays and goes in our lives.

Quaker author and elder Parker Palmer is a spiritual teacher for me who eloquently writes about his evolving perspective and shifting priorities.

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“Most older folks I know fret about unloading material goods they’ve collected over the years, stuff that was once useful to them but now prevents them from moving freely about their homes. There are precincts in our basement where a small child could get lost for hours.”

– Parker Palmer

Don’t you love the idea of removing those goods which have become obstacles rather than vehicles transporting us to greater freedoms?

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Decluttering the Psychological Junk

Parker continues, “But the junk I really need to jettison in my old age is psychological junk—such as longtime convictions about what gives my life meaning that no longer serve me well. For example, who will I be when I can no longer do the work that has been a primary source of identity for me for the past half century?”

I am challenged to re-think the value and cost of so much psychological junk…how much of it remains relevant to who I have become?

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Sifting Through Belongings

Palmer discovered a fresh inquiry leading him into freshened understanding of what to let go of.

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He writes, “I no longer ask, ‘What do I want to let go of, and what do I want to hang on to?’ Instead I ask, “What do I want to let go of, and what do I want to give myself to?”

It’s a powerful shift!

What shall we let go, and to what shall we give ourselves?

Scarcity Vs. Abundance

He expands upon ideas of fear and abundance.

“The desire to “hang on” comes from a sense of scarcity and fear. The desire to “give myself” comes from a sense of abundance and generosity.

That’s the kind of truth I want to wither into.”

Parker’s book (above) is about aging gracefully and helps us conceptualize the invisible stuff holding us back while Marie addresses actual stuff:

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YOUR TURN. What new freedoms will you receive in this new year?

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What will we choose TO GIVE OURSELF TO in 2020?

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Source: Parker Palmer, On the Brink of Everything: Grace, Gravity and Getting Old (Berrett-Koehler Publishers: 2018), 26-27.

Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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White Slipcovered Sofa
French Basket
Courtney Lamp Base
Antique Chinese Wood Rustic Round Stool
French Country Bed
Tuscan Terracotta Urn Vase
Round Farmhouse Table
Rustic Reclaimed Elm Cabinet
Deconstructed Wingback Bed
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Milagro Heart
Linen Slipcovered Chair Set
Rustic Farmhouse Stool
Edgecombe End Table
Silver Rectangle Accent Table
Black Metal Accent Table
Galvanized Console Table
Gabriel Chevron Quilt Set
Metal Martini Table
Marble Subway Backsplash in My Kitchen
French Wire Laundry Basket
White Ruffle Bedding
White Linen Club Chair
Handmade Sunburst Mirror
Wide Pine Sideboard
Linen Napkin Set
French Country Lamp
Venetian Mirror
French Lidded Baskets
French Panel Mirror
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
Antique Chinese Weathered Bench
French Country Headboard
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Antique Brass Pharmacy Floor Lamp
Linen & Burlap Tufted Ottoman
Gertrude Wood Bench
Italian Candelabra Chandelier
Colleen Slope Arm Linen Chair Set
White Ruffle Quilt Set
French Louis Style Arm Chair
Avignon Coat Rack With Hooks
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Reclaimed Wood Dresser
Louis Upholstered Bench
French Accent Chair
Pamela Arm Chair
Sweater Weave Basket
French Wood Chandelier
Terracotta Pots & Basket
French Country Wood Chandelier
French Linen Dining Chair
Gustavian Cabinet
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Bar Stool
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Rattan Armchair
Diptyque Oyedo Candle
Cross Back Dining Chair
French Country Candle Holder
French Industrial Metal Chairs (4)
Designer Favorite Wall Mirror
Holborn Lantern Pendant
French Country 6-Light Chandelier
Rustic End Table
French Country Upholstered Arm Chair
Cedar & Blossom Candle
French Ticking Stripe Pillow
Jute Area Rug
French Candle Style Chandelier
Rustic Industrial Farmhouse Shelves
Belgian Linen Sofa
White Ruffle Bedding
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Linen Modern Wing Chair
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Concrete Pillar Table Lamp
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Style Lamp
Modern Farmhouse Lamp
White Slipcovered Sofa
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
Highback Armchair
Mini Pendant Light
White Vase Set
Round Woven Placemat Set
Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
Matelasse Coverlet
Quilted Coverlet
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Linen Duvet Set
Round Marble Side Table
Rustic Pedestal Farm Table
Teak Farmhouse Stool
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3 Comments

  1. Mumbai
    January 25, 2020 / 1:42 pm

    agree….tidiness in your home brings tidiness in yourself. would not be able to live in a mess.

  2. Joanna
    January 25, 2020 / 1:44 pm

    I love a clutter free, clean home, so letting go of things has never been a problem for me. I don’t get sentimental about ‘things’, only people. I love to see towels, all the same colour (white), lined up neatly in my linen closet. Clothes all hung on the same hangers (white in mine & dark wood in coat closet), shoes lined up on shelves, socks folded and sorted by colours… I find holding something in my hand and asking myself, “Would I buy this today?” helps me put many a piece aside for donation. Tackling a closet, or drawer a day, makes it less of a chore. Start small, Michele. It won’t take much time out of your day, nor exhaust you, and the satisfaction you feel once complete will spark Joy, as Marie Kondo is fond of saying. Happy Decluttering!

    • Michele
      Author
      January 25, 2020 / 10:05 pm

      Thank you for sharing your design wisdom, Joanna. Would I buy this today…is a great guiding question to stay on track. Here’s to sparking joy, friend. Happy weekend and happy decluttering. 🙂

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