Lately + ‘Less 365’ update

I’m inching closer and closer towards completing our living room makeover. BUT – I’m at a bit of a stand-still. I’m indecisive about the IKEA Stockholm Rand rug. My only hesitation – durability and pet-proofness. Do any of you have this rug, and more importantly, how has it held up? I need your brains! Are the crisp white stripes still white? For me, white material on a floor = I immediately turn into a chickenshit. Add two cats to the equation, and I’m worried it’s going to be a fur magnet.

Just image searching living rooms with that rug is making me want to drive to IKEA. Like, 10 minutes ago.

I realize me writing about getting a new rug doesn’t really flow well into my next topic – Project Less 365, but alas, it is all part of the grand scheme of bettering our living space. Last weekend Project ‘Less 365’ commenced in full force. Our kitchen was my chosen target and I compiled a nice little bundle for the charity shop / things to go back to their owners. 

It’s a bit embarrassing to show you our tea towel / table accessory cupboard, but I’m amazed at how much room is left now that I’ve trimmed the fat. It’s also almost a relief as well. Too much stuff makes Alex a dull girl. This was the worst area and I hated how much shoving and stuffing was happening here. The rest of the kitchen was a breeze once this was sorted, and it’s very much been ‘kitchen calm’ since. 

Project ‘Less 365’ Tip: don’t overwhelm yourself with the idea of clearing out your entire home. You’re going to crash and it won’t get done. Tackle one cupboard at a time, one room at a time, one weekend at a time. It’s taken how many years for you to acquire all that crap? It’s not going to go away that quickly.

Happy Friday homies! Keep your eyes peeled for some cross stitching delights happening here soon. xx A

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  1. November 17, 2012 / 00:57

    I do not own that rug and am of no help to you.
    But, I am interested in the Project 365. I've sort of been doing it lately without the snappy name. Filled a grocery bag with duplicate spatulas, etc.
    Good luck on the purge!

    • November 20, 2012 / 12:28

      Thanks Mel! And best of luck to you too. I purged our living room last weekend and it's like a weight has been lifted. As silly as that sounds.

  2. December 14, 2012 / 22:42

    I do own the rug!! With four kids and no pets! It's been love at first sight and we just celebrated 2 anos and s/he is still a sight for sour eyes. Get it quick!

    • December 18, 2012 / 09:38

      Ah Dharshi I went to IKEA a couple of weeks ago and they still don't have it in stock. Massive sad face. Although, I will be contacted when / if it ever is back, and I will promptly get on it like a car bonnet. I needs it.