Day 4: 10 Minutes Critiquing My Living Room

Day 4: 10 Minutes Critiquing My Living Room

Tara Bellucci
Jan 7, 2013

For the assignment today, I sat where my cats, or my purse, or bags of groceries usually sit: the gossip bench at the entrance to my living room. While it's a useful little place to set stuff down as you're coming in the door, I never sit there. But I realized a lot in those 10 minutes, like how I want to change 90% of my living room.

Let's start with the gossip bench itself. I LOVE gossip benches. I think they're quirky retro pieces of furniture. I just don't love this one. I was so excited to find it for $15 at a thrift store that I took it home and added some cushioning and fabric to its seat. After a few minutes, it was obvious it was still not comfortable, and it doesn't really fit the room. I think the old girl has to get outboxed.

I had a lot of clutter-busting thoughts during my ten minutes ("Gotta figure out what to do with those shoes," "Time to recycle those magazines," and "What are all those old boxes doing behind the TV?"). But I managed to devote a good portion to imagining how I wanted my room to look.

Since I'm planning to do some major redecorating, sitting and visualizing really put into perspective how I want the space to function and feel this time next year. Though most of the stuff won't make the cut in the end, I feel better now that I have a mental roadmap on where I want to go.

Where did you sit? Did you get a new perspective on your space?

Day 4: Get a Fresh Perspective in Just 10 Minutes

(Image: Tara Bellucci)

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