I’ve become a bit of a homebody these last few weeks, and to be honest I’ve loved it. The end of last year was busy with my wedding, I worked all through Christmas and New Year, and this month’s been so hot, so I’ve been relishing having quiet time at home.
In pottering about, I’ve started to deep-clean and rearrange a few areas of the house, starting with a set of shelves in the sitting room…
Shelves are one of those things I always tell myself I’ll give a wipe once a week, but never do. I was amazed (and a little ashamed!) at the amount of dust that I found, and can’t believe how much fresher the whole room felt after gave the shelves a good clean.
With a blank canvas I started to slowly go through all the books and other bits and pieces Adam and I had displayed. A few things got discarded, others were put away and I started to amass a few other possessions from around the house that I wanted out on display – a picture of the railway station in Great Malvern, once owned by Adam’s dad, my small collection of antique bottles, a spare card from the set I sent out as wedding thank-yous, and a bottle full of wattle from last spring, which I managed to successfully dry.
I had a lovely time arranging and then rearranging. I tried the whole ‘backwards books’ look which I’ve been seeing in my social media feeds for months, but I just couldn’t like it. Not on those shelves, not in that spot, so I stuck with my previous coloured coordinated approach, intermingling our personal effects in between to tell a bit of a visual story about us.
We’ve entertained a few people since I overhauled our shelves, and I’ve got a real kick out of a few people asking me about certain items on display on the shelves. I really like how open shelving can generate conversation and that each item is within reach, not locked away behind a door or glass. If you cherish love something… even if it is an old post card or a dog-eared book, it’s nice to be able to see it, touch it, smell it.
Has the clean and rearrange bug bitten you this January? I’d love to know what you’ve been doing around house too.
Have a wonderful weekend. x