January’s theme is New Beginnings, and there are many of those going on in my personal and professional life at the moment. My father’s battle with diabetes is a glaring reminder that my own health needs to be a higher priority.  I left a job where I was miserable, and I am now searching for a new sense of purpose.

As I rearrange my life, I am also rearranging my home. As a décor writer, you’d think my space would be impeccable and stylish. In reality, there are unfinished projects, tired hand-me-downs, and just plain clutter all over the place. I never turn down a sale and will hold on to that thing (lamp, fabric scrap, magazine) just in case it may come in handy. And it hasn’t made me happier. So, in 2012, I resolve to only live with what I love.

What does that mean, exactly? Well, everything that I don’t love or isn’t useful or necessary must be trashed, donated, swapped, or sold. But I also mean to not BUY anything unless I love it, and not to settle for a cheap (in price or meaning) replacement.

Living with what you love isn’t a new idea, so there is lots of help available from books and around the web. Here’s what I’m using:

Live With What You Love: Rethinking Sustainability
Apartment Therapy’s 20/20 Home Cure
Apartment Therapy: 8-Step Home Cure by Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan

How am I doing so far? I have clothes ready to donate to Boomerangs, and stuff listed on Swap.com. I’m replacing a salvaged window that is interesting, but devoid of meaning to me, for a framed print of the Holstee Manifesto, which sums up how I want to live my life.

Are you making any home-related resolutions this year? Share your new beginnings in the comments!

Image: Love Candy Print by MadeByGirl

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2 Responses to Home Resolution 2012: Live With What You Love

  1. Alisa Jordan Alisa Jordan says:

    I LOVE this idea- I used to be the worst with “If it’s free/cheap, I must take it.” I’ve heard a bunch of times that uncluttering your space can help you unclutter your mind, so I think keeping my apartment clean and simple, but still like a home, is a good goal for me.

  2. Anne Boodheshwar Anne Boodheshwar says:

    I love the concept…if only I could convince my child that she doesn’t love everything she has! lol
    I did start doing that though with furniture…when were first married it was “buy what we could afford”, now that we are replacing these items, I am pickier because I know how long I want or must live with each piece!
    Good luck to your de-cluttering!

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