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Depersonalizing /2


Yesterday we talked about removing personal photos when prepping your house before selling it. Another thing is to remove names. We have the tricky business of our last name on the front door and we haven’t decided what to do with that yet (we’d need to replace the window pane). But here’s where the name was easily removed. This is Wille’s room quite a few years ago and you can see his name frosted there on the door.



All those dots and letters are actually just stuck on the back of the Perspex sheet so all I had to do was to peel the letters off…



… until it looked like this.




Then I got my frosted film out and cut circles to cover the area. I used a circle cutter for the larger ones (the eraser protects the film so I don’t get a pin prick in the middle) and a circle punch for the smaller.



I then stuck them on making sure I didn’t get air bubbles and then smoothed each dot out with a credit card. And there it is, Wille’s depersonalized door.

Depersonalizing /1


Now that we’re house hunting we are also prepping our house so it looks it’s best when it goes up for sale. One thing I’ve learned about selling is that you need to depersonalize your home. The idea is that the people who view your house can picture themselves there instead of picturing you there.




As you know our house is quite bare already compared to a lot of homes so there isn’t a whole lot of clutter to remove but there are a few things that can be done to make it less us.



Personal photos are a no-no apparently so tiny Wille will be kept in storage until we find a new place.



I replaced him with this framed poster with a pair of lungs. Not my lungs, not Wille’s lungs, maybe the future owner of our house’s lungs?!

As Promised


As Promised, a shot of the recycling area at work where I have found so many cool things. At first sight it looks very unexciting but on closer inspection those bins occasionally hold gems .

Here are a few of the things I’ve found there in the past:



Several light fixtures. I added the plastic strips to this one to make it into a lamp for the hallway.



Lots of those tin boxes that you can see on the middle shelf there.  Someone in my office throws them into the metal recycling bin. Not clean like this though but completely taped over with packing tape. A nightmare to get the sticky stuff off but so worth it. Just the other day I noticed that Panduro sell boxes just like these.





This orange plastic mirror which I love. Very seventies. And so is this Guzzini inspired file holder.



One day I couldn’t believe my luck when I found a whole bunch of these waste paper baskets. The were all stuck together which is I guess why they got tossed out. I spent an afternoon banging them apart with a rubber mallet and now I use one for my gift wrap (I added the wheels), one serves as it’s original purpose in Wille’s room and the rest hold all kinds of tall narrow things in the storage room.


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Because we are in an office building most of the things that get recycled are office related and I’ve found several great paper sorters. I usually update them by adding milky white Perspex sheets instead of the slide out brown or beige trays that usually accompany them.


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Other officy thing I’ve found are notice boards. Usually they are wooden, brown and boring but I take them apart, paint the frames and cover the boards with the fabric of my choice. Usually linen because you can’t see the pin pricks much on linen.



Here’s one of last summer’s great finds, large cans. I punched holes in the bottoms, painted some and left some as they were. They did rust at the end of summer so I’ve gotten rid of them now but I love the look and there are more where they came from so I might stock up again when the planting season starts.

So these are a few of my favorite finds from the recycling area at work. My co-workers sometimes give me funny glances when I bring this kind of stuff into the office, to safe keep until I can take it home. I don’t care. It’s free and it’s great!