Our Bittersweet Home Makeover

January has been a month of major clearing out, decorating and odd jobs around the house for us. My sister bought me Marie Kondo’s The Life Changing Magic of Tidying up for Christmas and, as recommended in the book, I started with a huge clothes clear out. I packed up 8 bin bags of clothes for the charity shop over the space of a weekend and from then on there was no stopping me!

We have de cluttered in every room, filling bin bag after bin bag. We have organised everything we own into appropriate storage. The bath has been re-grouted and walls have been repainted. All of the things we’ve been meaning to do for month, maybe even years, have finally been accomplished. Our new organised space has been scrubbed and polished to perfection.

It feels so good. The rooms feel lighter, like an actual physical weight has been lifted. Everywhere is fresher and brighter despite the January gloom outside. We have cosy corners and functional spaces and home feels like a real sanctuary.

I’ve fallen in love with our home again. Wandering from room to room just happy to be there. Its not that I ever really fell out of love with it though, it just became a little cluttered, especially after a summer of wedding planning meant it kind of got neglected, and that started to become stressful. I can’t wait for next weekend now its all over. To reap the benefits of all of our hard work. To have a weekend at home without jobs to do, just enjoying what we have created.

But those weekends are numbered. You see, one of the driving forces behind all of this is that we are hoping to move house soon. Our house will go on the market this week and we spent many a weekend driving around potential new areas last year. We love our house, really love it. We are only seeking a nicer area, an area that we’d happily bring up a family in, should be lucky enough to have children. If we could pick up this house and take it with us, we most definitely would, in a heartbeat. But its built on foundations not wheels, so that just isn’t an option!

So our renovations are bittersweet. I’m disappointed in us for not doing all of these things sooner, for putting them off until we were forced to do them to sell the house. I’m also aΒ bit annoyed that someone else will benefit from our month of hard graft. I’ve vowed to make the most of the changes now, and we’ve promised ourselves that if we move, we’ll do all of these things sooner. We’ll paint the walls, hang the pictures, keep on top of the clutter and schedule in those deep cleaning jobs regularly.

To love the home we’re in.

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Thanks for popping by,

Kimberley x

26 thoughts on “Our Bittersweet Home Makeover

  1. Aw I’m glad your house is a lovelier place to be but sad you can’t take it with you! I’d love to declutter – in fact we’ve still got some of our wedding bits piled up in the spare room and we’ve been married for 18 months! It’s amazing how easy it seems to ignore things but how much better you feel when you’ve actually done them. Good luck finding another beautiful home! #KCACOLS

  2. On the bright side, at least your last bit of time in that home will be spent enjoying it instead of being stressed over all that work you had to do! I hope you find someplace you come to love even more.

  3. I’m glad you get to enjoy it for a little while longer though πŸ™‚ It sounds so cosy and lovely! I think I need to read this book to give me a kick up the butt to sort out my flat. I have been meaning to completely de clutter it this month but haven’t got round to it yet!



  4. We did this last April when our house went up on the market. We’re now in a new home and still surrounded by half unpacked boxes and a nearly finished kitchen πŸ™ And honestly, I was clearing through books to head to the charity shop and Mari Kondo went in the pile – it doesn’t bring me joy, ha! #sharingthebloglove

  5. Decluttering makes so much difference. I can’t even handle having junk ‘hidden’ in cupboards these days. Enjoy your clutter-free home in the weeks you have left. I’m sure you’ll make your new place feel just as cosy. #SharingTheBlogLove

  6. It’s good you get to enjoy the space a little while longer while you look for another home. Good luck with the search and I hope you find somewhere soon

  7. I totally get this. We moved house in December, not because we fell out of love with the house or that we had outgrown it. It was just in the wrong place and we too would have picked it up and moved it. But then we found the house we brought and I totally fell in love with it and now I couldn’t be happier. I hope you find a house you love even more. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove x

  8. I hope you do get to sit back and enjoy all your hard work for a little bit before you leave. And I’m sure you’ll find a house you really fall in love with, in an area you want to be in.x #KCACOLS

  9. I was exactly the same before we moved – we had a massive clear out, got all the DIY jobs done and it was just such a lovely place to relax in. But I’m sure you’ll find an amazing new house, and you’ll keep that enthusiasm for making changes in the new house too – I know we did, we redid pretty much the whole house! Of course now we’re 3 years down the line and that enthusiasm hasn’t maintained – I think I need another burst of motivation! Best of luck with the house move – I’m sure you’ll end up with something that’s perfect for you. Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

  10. I started decluttering before xmas. I really to do some more. We are terrible for having junk just lying around. So I know how you feel, it is such a nice feeling to finally enjoy your home again when you have had a clear out isn’t it #kcacols

  11. It’s so easy to put things like this off isn’t it? We’ve been in our house 10 years now and there are still so many unfinished jobs that we haven’t gotten round too! At least you’ll be able to enjoy it for a bit until you do move so focus on the positives!

    Thank you for linking up to #KCACOLS and I hope to see you back again on Sunday x

  12. Ah how lovely! I had a bit of a clear out after christmas, did the whole of the upstairs but downstairs is still a nightmare – its just the kitchen, playroom and “Junk cupboard” under the stairs but its finding the time to do it! drives me mad!
    Thanks for joining us at #sundaybest, hope to see you again tomorrow x

  13. You’ve inspired me to get cracking on decluttering here. I always start and then quickly lose steam as there are always constant chores to do (Ian and 4 very lazy messy children!) I’ve been doing dribs and drabs but will do more this weekend. Thanks for linking up #SundayBest x

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