Monthly Archives: February 2014


In my first installment of Letting Go of the Sentimental Clutter, I got rid of the things in my house that were causing bad memories.   The next items to go were some of my sweeter memories like baby clothes from my kids. This is still a process. I’ve held onto them not because I plan on having more kids but because there is a “just in case” factor built in. Getting rid of them feels so final and it is a realization that I will never have another baby in the house.  Of course, I could buy new clothes if I ever had a change of heart but there are a lot of memories attached to those teeny clothes.  I realized that the memories are better kept in the pictures that I have of my kids in them rather than stuffed in a bin in the darkest corners of my basement. The first bin of clothes to go was the hardest. I started with clothes that my children just outgrew rather than with the teeny baby clothes.  The liberating feeling that followed when I got rid of several bins of clothes from my house and the empty space it created in my basement gave me motivation to keep going.  I have also started to move into the baby gear such as jumperoos, baby baths, bottles, pack n plays, etc.  As time has gone on, it has become much easier to let go of the tangible items that represent my memories and honor their priceless memories through pictures instead.   The feeling of being less overwhelmed with the clutter is priceless too!

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When my husband and I were building our current home, it was difficult to know which colors to choose for each room.  I was handed a giant color deck with what felt like thousands of paint choices. Who knew there were so many variations of white!?  This fantastic article from helps you narrow in on the right color based on the mood you want to create in the room.

Room Color and How it Affects Your Mood

The colors of the rooms within your home need to bring out your personality. While most of us may not spend a lot of time thinking about room color, it affects every day of our lives. Room color can influence our mood and our thoughts. Colors affects people in many ways, depending upon one’s age, gender, ethnic background or local climate. Certain colors or groups of colors tend to get a similar reaction from most people – the overall difference being in the shade or tones used. So when it comes to decorating, it is important to choose wisely.

room color psychology Room Color and How it Affects Your Mood

In order to have a beautiful home, you do not have to worry about trends. Color trends will come and go. The people who live in a home make it beautiful by choosing colors that reflect their likes and their personalities. The trick is to blend those colors you like into a pleasing combination. Choosing color combinations is one of the most intimidating steps for beginners. Color has the power to change the shape and size of furnishings as well as the shape and size of the room itself. Selecting colors is not difficult if you equip yourself with some basic information about color and its effects, so let’s find out more about room colors, and how these influence your mood.

Choose Wisely!

Keep in mind that each color has a psychological value. Think about how those colors make you feel- they can influence any feeling from tranquility to rage. So when trying to create peace and harmony in your home, choose your colors wisely. Some colors in large amounts will have just the opposite affect on you and your loved ones’ moods.

What mood do you want to create? Which colors will help you achieve that mood?

Find clear answers to these questions. If you find this task difficult try to look at magazines, decorating books, blogs and websites for ideas, or let your fabric be your guide. In fact, this is a good approach to take even if you’re starting from scratch. Fabric, carpeting, furniture and tile are available in a more limited range of colors than paint, so choose them first and then decide on your paint color. Once you find something you like, limit the number of colors in a room to no more than three or four. Too many colors can make a room look busy or cluttered. Paint is fairly inexpensive and transforms a room more quickly than anything else, so you can afford to experiment a little.

Room Colors and Their Effects

Understand that colors behave in three basic ways : active, passive, and neutral. You can easily match every room’s colors to your personal desires, to your taste taste and to the room’s purpose. Light colors are expansive and airy, making rooms seem larger and brighter. Dark colors are sophisticated and warm; they give large rooms a more intimate appearance. Now let’s find out more about colors and what they can do to a room:

red room color Room Color and How it Affects Your Mood

Red raises a room’s energy level. It is a good choice when you want to stir up excitement, particularly at night. In the living room or dining room, red draws people together and stimulates conversation. In an entryway, it creates a strong first impression. Red has been shown to raise blood pressure, speed respiration and heart rate. It is usually considered too stimulating for bedrooms, but if you’re only in the room after dark, you’ll be seeing it mostly by lamplight, when the color will appear muted, rich, and elegant. Red, the most intense, pumps the adrenaline like no other hue.

yellow room color Room Color and How it Affects Your Mood
Yellow captures the joy of sunshine and communicates happiness. It is perfect for kitchens, dining rooms, and bathrooms, where happy colors are energizing and uplifting. In halls, entries, and small spaces, yellow can feel expansive and welcoming. Even though yellow is a cheery color, it is not a good choice to use in main color schemes when it comes to designing a room. Studies show that people are more likely to lose their temper in a yellow interior. Babies also seem to cry more in a yellow room. In large amounts, this color tends to create feelings of frustration and anger in people. In chromotherapy, yellow is believed to stimulate the nerves and purify the body.

blue room color Room Color and How it Affects Your Mood

Blue is said to bring down blood pressure and slow respiration and heart rate. That is why it is considered calming, relaxing and serene, and it is often recommended for bedrooms and bathrooms. Be careful, however: a pastel blue that looks pretty on the paint chip can come across as unpleasantly chilly when it is on the walls and furnishings, especially in a room that receives little natural light. If you opt for a light blue as the primary color in a room, balance it with warm hues for the furnishings and fabrics. To encourage relaxation in the social areas ( family rooms, living rooms, large kitchens) consider warmer blues, such as periwinkle, or bright blues, such as cerulean or turquoise. Blue is known to have a calming effect when used as the main color of a room. Go for softer shades of blue. Dark blue has the opposite effect, evoking feelings of sadness. So refrain from using darker blues in your main color scheme. Stay with the lighter shades of blue to give you and your loved ones a calm effect.

green room color Room Color and How it Affects Your Mood

Green is considered the most restful color for the eye. Combining the refreshing quality of blue and the cheerfulness of yellow, green is suited for almost any room on the house. In the kitchen, green cools things down; in a family room or living room, it encourages unwinding but has enough warmth to promote comfort and togetherness. Green also has a calming effect when used as a main color for decorating. It is believed to relieve stress by helping people relax. Also believed to help with fertility, making it a great choice for the bedroom.

purple room color Room Color and How it Affects Your Mood

Purple in its darkest values (eggplant, for example) is rich, dramatic, and sophisticated. It is associated with luxury as well as creativity, and as an accent or secondary color, it gives a scheme depth. Lighter versions of purple, such as lavender and lilac, bring the same restful quality to bedrooms as blue does, but without the risk of feeling chilly.

orange room color Room Color and How it Affects Your Mood

Orange evokes excitement, enthusiasm and is an energetic color. While not a good idea for a living room or for bedrooms, this color is great for an exercise room. It will bring out all the emotions that you need released during your fitness routine. In ancient cultures orange was believed to heal the lungs and increase energy levels.

neutral room colors Room Color and How it Affects Your Mood

Neutrals (black, gray, white, and brown) are basic to the decorator’s tool kit. All-neutral schemes fall in and out of fashion, but their virtue lies in their flexibility: Add color to liven things up; subtract it to calm things down. Black is best used in small doses as an accent. Indeed, some experts maintain that every room needs a touch of black to ground the color scheme and give it depth. To make the job easier, you can rely on the interior designer’s most important color tool: the color wheel.

crimson room color Room Color and How it Affects Your Mood

Crimson can make some people feel irritable. Invoking feels of rage and hostility, this is a color that should be avoided as the main color of a room. Sitting for long periods of time in a room painted in this color will likely affect the peace and harmony you are striving to create in your home.

Color Effects on Walls and Ceiling

The ceiling represents one-sixth of the space in a room, but too often it gets nothing more than a coat of white paint. In fact, for decades, white has been considered not only the safest but also the best choice for ceilings. As a general rule, ceilings that are lighter than the walls feel higher, while those that are darker feel lower. Lower” need not mean claustrophobic: visually lowered ceilings can evoke cozy intimacy. As a general rule, dark walls make a room seem smaller, and light walls make a room seem larger.


These general guidelines are a good starting point in your search for a paint color. But remember that color choice is a very personal matter. You are the one who has to live with your new paint color, so choose a hue that suits you, your family and your lifestyle. If you have any other tips to share, please leave a comment below!





Unruly junk drawer(s)?  I have an endless battle with my junk drawers and usually they win.  These are some really simple solutions to keep organized with things you already have laying around your house. Brilliant!



Happy Monday! Here is a random tip to start your week out right.  Have you ever had dried-out pizza crust or bread sticks from your leftovers being in the fridge? Give this trick a try that I use all the time… moisten a paper towel and drape it over the top of the food.  When you throw it in the microwave, the food absorbs the moisture from the paper towel and is no longer dried-out! It will still be leftovers but at least it won’t be dried-out leftovers!  Bon Appetit!


I have one major barrier to simplifying my environment. I’m a sentimental pack rat. I’m not sure if that’s a known condition or if I just made it up, but there is plenty of evidence in my house to support that it’s real. I have boxes and boxes of keepsakes that overwhelm me everytime I go into my basement. Plus, my parents are still sending over boxes of my keepsakes as they work to downsize.  There are old high school corsages, books and toys from when I was young, letters from old boyfriends, artwork I did, old pictures in frames that I never intend to display again, notes from friends, every card I ever got, you name it. And don’t even get me started on the kids clutter. That’s a whole post on its own.

I started to realize that the things I was holding onto weren’t making me happier.   Instead, they were overwhelming me and in some cases bringing up bad memories.  It was time for a change. The first to go were the things that brought up memories that were negative or bittersweet. Why on earth I kept them for so long is beyond me, but out they went.  Goodbye old high school corsages. Goodbye notebooks full of notes from friends discussing the drama of our teenage years.  Goodbye letters from old boyfriends.  Good bye pictures from events that I really don’t want to remember. Good bye to the box from my old job. It was hard to get to the point of letting these things go but once I did, it felt great!  Keeping them was like keeping me caught in part of my past that wasn’t especially fun.  Now I can focus on surrounding myself with good memories and not feeling overwhelmed by the clutter.  It is a liberating feeling to get rid of it!

Next up…. the not so easy stuff…. baby clothes. Eek!  Stay tuned as I continue to work through this journey of sentimental packrat recovery!    If you are undergoing your own sentimental clutter detox, this article from Real Simple has some great tips for helping get through the process.




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My name is Wendy and after leaving a stressful career, I am on a journey to a simpler life. I have started a business called The Simple Life Decor ( specializing in mid to high end cottage style furniture and decor for cottages and primary homes. My blog is focused on living a simpler life whether it be through creating a serene environment in your home or simple living tips! Subscribe to my list and shop!

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