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DeJONGHE: Otterville Mill Classic Car Show and community yard sales return June 11

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Is your decorating style minimalistic, contemporary or more baroque?

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Talked to a friend the other day about a house she visited which was very modern and minimum in décor. It was done all in white and had no pictures or ornamentation at all.

I have seen this style in magazines and always thought it was lovely, peaceful and quiet so I thought I would clean out my living room of everything but furniture and lamps. I removed photos, a couple small tables, paintings, bric-a-brac, doilies and books from every surface. I vacuumed and gave everything a good clean and polish, then sat down to get the feel.

I think my years of inheriting and receiving gifts from loved ones gives me a different perspective on decorating style. Or I might just be too old to be that modern.  It is hard to part with those treasures.

I slowly re-introduced some items starting with doilies. Bare tables just seemed so stark, unfinished. I then brought back some of the things I loved most, framed photos, books and a few pieces that make me happy.

This did inspire me to unclutter my home, something I have been working on for nigh on 15 years. Many of the things I removed from the living room went into boxes. Then I started in the dining room deciding on what to keep and what was unloved, useless, insignificant or unworthy. I managed to fill several boxes. I admit I did take a few things back out, but for the most part I was brutal. Will not revisit those boxes.

I am going to continue this process throughout the house – kitchen, bedrooms, bathroom and office. With what my sister has stored in my shed and garage we should have a great collection of items for the Otterville community-wide yard sale on Saturday, June 11, which will be held in conjunction with the Otterville Mill Classic Car Show.

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Having or going to yard sales is not my idea of a fun activity but do take advantage of the large crowds that come in for the sales and the well-attended car show. In the past, what doesn’t sell does not come back into my house. I load all good stuff in the van to take to Salvation Army or Goodwill. What is deemed not great goes to the road for the large item garbage pick up the following week.

We will have some antiques and furniture and all sorts of useful items, all in good condition. There may be some clothes, too. I have a variety of sizes in my closet but haven’t gained (or lost) in many years so am keeping only comfy clothes that fit right now. After almost three years of sweats and housedresses, I know I am going to eventually have to put on real clothes so I might have to go shopping.

Mark Saturday, June 11 on your calendar.

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