A Year To Clear

So I’ve been doing a program called A Year To Clear What’s Holding You Back, and participating in their Facebook group.  One of the other folks there asked if I blogged.  Why yes, I did… years ago.  And then I let it go.  I decided this was maybe a sign that I should give it another shot.

Through the program, I’ve had a bunch of epiphanies (and made some pretty marvelous progress on transforming my home).  My most recent one was “Everything is a process; nothing is ever completed.”

I was kind of beating myself up for not completing all the various projects I have going around the house (and I have a lot).  Someone had recommended “The Work” by Byron Katie.  I read the Wikipedia entry on it, and applied the “turnaround” process to my thoughts.  “I never complete anything” -> “Nothing is ever completed.”  It’s not a true turnaround, it’s more just a different perspective.  Everyone knows that cooking, filing, cleaning, … hell, LIFE is an ongoing thing, and yet I’m feeling this internal pressure to “get it done”. I’m trying to let go of that pressure and enjoy the process instead.  I do find such interesting things when decluttering.

I found my wallpaper removal kit (including paper tiger and ergonomic scraper) the day AFTER I completed the removal of the wallpaper in the front third floor bedroom.  There may have been swearing.  I will neither confirm nor deny this rumour.

Panoramic shot of a room with very pink wallpaper.
As you can see, I’ve a little bit of storage still to get out of the room.

There were two layers of wallpaper in that bedroom – the pink floral-striped top layer came off in full sheets after being sprayed with a half-and-half water/fabric softener solution.  I highly recommend buying a garden sprayer if you’re going to do a whole room that way – I only did it for a couple of small walls and the trigger on the spray bottle was annoying.  I will remember the trick, however, when I tackle the back bedroom!

After image of my first wallpaper-less wall
This is when I learned that you should put down a dropcloth when you strip wallpaper because otherwise the wet wallpaper may stick to the floor.

The bottom layer was more stubborn and required scraping.  I removed it using a scraper and a steamer on three walls and a scraper and the fabric softener mix on the fourth.  The steamer was heating up the room too much.  The preservationist in me is in agony over taking that layer of wallpaper down because it’s probably got some historical significance.  The homeowner is just glad it’s gone because it was dingy and rather busy. You can’t really tell in the photo, but the walls are in great shape (and also painted a shade of blue-green that’s sort of hospital-esque).  It’s going to look so nice with a clean coat of white(ish) paint on the walls!

Bottom layer of dingy, brown, very busy wallpaper
Probably historic, oops.

Next step: wash those walls, repair them, prime them, paint them.  Or maybe work on one of my other projects – I wouldn’t want to be too predictable!