I’ve Got a Secret…

I would like to preface this post by saying “I love my home”…It’s a 1911 Victorian with Colonial leanings. I have shades-of-white walls throughout, cozy off-white couches, lots of ¬†wood, crystal chandeliers and gilded elements as well as a few pops of color here and there to keep it from looking too precious. Magazine editors and photographers like it–it’s chosen as a location for photo shoots every now and then.

Here comes the part where I “share”…Have you ever seen the episode of Friends where it comes to light that neatnik Monica has a locked closet filled to the brim with overflowing “crap”? Well…I’ve got a whole room like that!

It started innocently enough. I was cleaning the house before a party and realized I didn’t have time to sort through everything and put it in its proper place. I remembered a story I’d read that said if you’re short on time you should just scoop up everything, put it in a spare pillowcase, tuck it away and sort through it later when you have some free time. FYI, worked like a charm, except the free time never came and that pillowcase full of “stuff” wasn’t alone for long. Over time, I added stacks of books, magazines and bags of clothing I’m still meaning to bring to the consignment shop. Also, mirrors and paintings and lamps and even a toy chest we no longer use. Add some mistake purchases and other items I plan to sell at an upcoming (and not yet in my datebook) yard sale and the extra bedroom that was pegged as my home office had definitively turned into a junk room!

I’m sharing this info. with you because I need to make myself accountable. I hope to make this room as beautiful and inviting as the rest of my home and I’m giving myself two weeks to do it. In fourteen days I’ll show you the before and after shots and by then I expect to have a pretty home office to write my posts in.

Reader Challenge: What’s your big secret? It might be something you’re hiding from yourself or someone else, it might be a habit you’d like to change or a project you want to start. It might be work related or have something to do with a relationship. Please post a comment below or send me a private e-mail (nancy@thebeautywall.com) and let me be the incentive you need to get your act in gear.¬†xoxoNancy

6 Responses to "I’ve Got a Secret…"

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  1. Nancy

    March 15, 2013 at 8:07 am

    C,mon…tell me what you’re hiding! xoxoNancy

  2. Melissa

    March 15, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Nancy- this sounds like my garage and / or the back of my husband’s car! Which, incidentally, has all of the clothes for consignment stored in it (because, you know, one of these days I’m going to drive that car to Second Time Around and deal with it all). Right….
    I’m giving myself til the summer to get the garage together ;). Can’t wait to see the B/A pix of your new home office. xx Melissa

    • Nancy

      March 16, 2013 at 8:30 pm

      Ha! I might bump into you in Second Time Around. I’m actually loving it there. I went in to make an appointment to drop off some of my things…and I walked out with three dresses, a Rebecca Taylor, Tibi and Elizabeth and James. Not bad!
      Summer will be here before you know it. Good luck! xoxonNancy

  3. Lisa Weinberg- Abramovitz

    March 15, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    Well….. I guess we have similiar DNA…my guest room is filled with stuff too! I think I need more than 2 weeks to get it sorted out…. Now I feel accountable, but my deadline will be May 1st.

    • Nancy

      March 16, 2013 at 8:26 pm

      For you, May 1st it is!

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