Change and Remain the Same

If you are one of my people than it’s very likely that you either are buried underneath a lot of stuff or with my help, you have dug yourself out and are either beginning to live the life of your dreams or you are living the life of your dreams.

You and I are kindred spirits because I was buried under stuff at one time, I haven’t been there in a long time but it doesn’t mean that I haven’t had issues.

What this video is about today is part of the series that I’m doing based on the fact that I moved out of my 4 bedroom home into a 1 bedroom apartment and I learned a lot of things and also, many things have changed and I’m sharing all of that with you.

All of the videos I have done, I have organized on one web page.

If you want to know what’s been before and you want to keep up with what will come after click on the link that is on the video, or RIGHT HERE and you will be able to get hooked up so that you won’t miss anything.

Here is something that is interesting and that I didn’t expect to happen after I moved.

I got rid of a lot of stuff, you could imagine! Going from a 4 bedroom house to a 1 bedroom house, that is understood.

But then, when I discovered that I needed things it felt wrong. It also felt wrong that I was spending so much time on those things because they were not perfect, they were old and needed work, which of course I did myself.

Part of my dilemma in all of this was, I was wondering if I was being a hypocrite?

I teach that we don’t want to spend all our time taking care of our stuff. We want to spend time on living life.

I also have decided to live a minimalism life style, and purchasing things is not exactly what you would match up with being a minimalist.

So I had to really think about it. I know we’ve got to be careful, we could always slip back to old habits.

It is possible to move ahead in the same way we have before without realizing it because of it’s familiarity.

In reflection this is what I discovered; while I was working so much on so many things as I said: I painted my couch (yes you can paint leather), I painted distressed and almost remade a buffet,

I painted and distressed a book shelf, I re-painted my vanity, I asked my landlord to take down the cabinet above my kitchen sink and replace it with another one, I painted a hassock/coffee table and I know I’m forgetting some other things that I’ve done.

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This was only within the first 3 months that I lived in my new place.

I figured out that it’s not wrong, it’s not wrong to bring things in because we are homemakers, it’s what we are.

On one hand, I don’t want to spend all my time working on stuff, but I do know who I am, and what I like to do. I am creative, and it makes me happy to make my home, my home.

And I needed the things that I brought.

I needed the book shelf, my books were stacked in the corner in my living room. The kitchen that I have is really small, so I needed something to keep my serving pieces in and my pots in so I bought a buffet that could go in there.

So there was a bunch of stuff that made me happy to get done while I was living here. It didn’t make it wrong it just made it different and a little bit too familiar for comfort for me.

Because I was always so used to working so hard that I thought that I was doing something that was just familiar and that was why I was doing it, but that wasn’t the case at all.

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I was doing things that I needed to do to make my place, my home.

Also, I love to be creative it makes me happy. It gives me time to think, it makes me reflect, it is almost like therapy.

So, in a nutshell, this video is about how we can change and still remain the same.

Maybe I’ll do a tour of my apartment next week, that will be fun!

Much Love to you,

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Jade Rippon Gravener - Reply

Absolutely beautiful Kathy. Your place looks amazing! I love the bright colour of your vanity now! And the different kitchen shelf really made such a difference and tied it all in. And who would have thought you could PAINT that leather and fabric? It looks AMAZING! Wonderful watching your journey of minimalism. Thanks for sharing! You are an inspiration! 🙂

Donna Domenicali - Reply

I also love to work on creating things for my house, repainting furniture, reupholstering chairs, etc. IMHO, I think that bringing in new things to your home is only a problem if you don’t get rid of the old things, like if you brought in your new sectional sofa and didn’t get rid of whatever was there already. I know that’s how I got too much stuff. But if books are piled in a corner and you get a bookcase for them, that makes sense and it not going to lead to too much stuff. Do you agree?

Donna Domenicali - Reply

And also, I’ve been wanting to ask you, how did you paint your leather pieces? Special paint? I’d love to know more about how you did that!

Rose Gallant - Reply

Great video Katherine Rizzo Roberts (Kathy) 🙂 I feel the same way. Love ya <3

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