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Little Corners {Our Home}

When we first moved into our home six years ago, we started trying to tidy it up more or less straight away.
It's a rented house, though when we moved in it wasn't particularly up to date...Everything was pretty worn, including the very outdated kitchen and carpets all through the house. Almost every room is covered in a type of bark looking fresco wallpaper and most of it was magnolia.
Over the years we've done what we can do-as we don't own the house- to brighten it up and make it ours, but it still needs work and isn't really how we would like it. A splash of white paint has made it feel lighter and we've done jobs like stripping floors ourselves and cleaning carpets but we're in that middle place where our hands are tied; unless the owner chooses to update it we can't. Saying that I really do love this house, it's where we started out as parents, where all their childhood memories are; and although it's a bit like an old worn out winter coat it's still our cosy and safe place. Being at home more, I think the changes I'd like to make probably bother me the most, so I try to stay on top of things in the house and not over clutter. Having little ones, it's too easy to end up with too much of everything, especially when you consider all the Christmas and birthday gifts they get given and people's offerings of hand me down clothes, books, toys etc - which although are very appreciated can accumulate seriously fast! I am a bit militant when it comes to downsizing and I try to go though the kids things at least every couple of months (or less...) and give away things they don't wear or play with any more. I sometimes don't even know where it all comes from but you can guarantee I'll have several black bags full by the end.
Personally I don't really collect anything and I'm not particularly sentimental unless it's things like photos or special gifts. I'm a huge fan of the charity shops simply because they're so cheap and when you've had enough of the clothes you can just re-donate them, so it's less waste! I think it's just down to personal character; I feel much better when there's less around me. I can't concentrate in mess- probably why I get so little blogging done... Over the last couple of years I've really tried to clear the house of things we just don't need and I've found a big difference in the amount of tidying up I do. There's still the endless washing, dishes and general messiness that comes with living with three boys but because there are less things, there's less time spent tidying it up. I think it benefits children to have less as well; often I put toys away and they don't even remember they had them at all.
I've had to get used to the fact that while I can't completely change our home I can create pretty areas here and there that keep me happy. A jug of fresh flowers and some new candles is often enough or even just having a few simple shelves with things I like on them. Last year I changed our dining room into more of a sitting room and added a comfy chair and new rug. Its a nice place to sit and listen to music looking out into the garden or read while the kids play.
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