Saturday, May 23, 2009

Take it off.

Now, don't get all dirty-bird on me people. Clothing is not optional here at TDC. Well...it's not optional for me...ya'll can wear whatever you want while you're reading.

Ummmm....ewww.

OK, anyhoo. After this post, I'm pretty sure I'm going to hear a huge, collective "DUH!" across the country.

Or as we used to say back in the day, "No duh!" Or my personal favorite, "No doy!"

Anyway, I find when I need a little change, I go looking to remove things, instead of getting something new. Lately, my go-to where this is concerned is doors. There are certain doors in the house we never -- I repeat -- never close. Some we have not closed once in five years. So, I ask, why do we need them there?

Case in point, the laundry room:

I'm not kidding you people, it may just be me, but it makes such a HUGE difference! I love it! I feel like I gain ten square feet of space in our house every time I do it! I took down our basement door a long time ago and I doubt we'll ever put it back up:I don't have a before picture, but just imagine the door swinging open to the right...after I took it down we really did gain space in the family room.

I've been working on reorganizing and decluttering our closet lately and did the same in there:

Is it just me? I think it makes a huge difference!

Speaking of removing things...it doesn't just go for doors. I'm not a big change the furniture layout person -- in fact, I never do it. Our house is so open and the cable outlets are situated so that we don't have many options where layout is concerned. So when I'm itching for a change, I remove furniture:

I could never accessorize those shelves right, it never felt right, so I love not having it there. Five years ago when we moved in, I thought something had to be in that spot.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO HAVE SOMETHING IN EVERY SPOT.

Do you have a piece of furniture that you walk by every day and it just doesn't feel right? Are there doors in your home you never use? Remove it, see how you like it. All it takes to remove a door is a screwdriver, and perhaps a flat head screwdriver to pry the hinges off. Try it out!

P.S. To say I am overwhelmed at your comments on my anniversary post is an extreme understatement. Seriously. I am humbled and so appreciative. You have made my whole weekend!! (And you lurkers are dang funny -- come out of hiding more!!) I'm extending the giveaway to 10 a.m. Tuesday morning, I'll announce the winners that day. Keep entering below if you haven't yet!

P.P.S. Check out the upcoming Goodwill Party button to the right! Mark your calendars! :)

56 comments:

  1. That's a good idea- I guess I shouldn't complain about all the pocket doors in our house, huh?

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  2. Looks great....I am all for clearing out extra "stuff!"

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  3. Great post!! A real "no duh" moment for me. It really was cool to see the difference just removing some doors makes. I actually love the bare doorway to your basement. We don't have a basement, and if we did, an open doorway would be an open invitation for my toddler to fling herself down head first (or be pushed by her sister). But I love the look! :)

    Question: For the Goodwill party, can we post a find/makeover from the Salvation Army? B/c I have an AWESOME makeover I'm almost done with. :)

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  4. I have NEVER thought of that. I guess I always figured doors were permanent fixtures. You've literally opened "doors" in my brain here!
    Macey

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  5. Well I'll be...:)
    Very good ideas Sarah!
    Love all the molding and paint colors in the last photos.

    Happy Memorial Weekend!
    ~Melissa :)

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  6. We just did that today (sort of). We had this piece of furniture in the living room that was too BIG. It kind of overpowered and took away from the focal point-the fireplace! So, we headed to IKEA to find something to replace it, but didn't find anything good. When we got home, we got the idea to switch it with a piece we had in the play room upstairs. It worked great! So, we did remove, but we also replaced. My husband will be so glad you said that we don't need something in every spot. That's his decorating mantra, and he's always trying to convince me!

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  7. I like keeping the doors but if you feel like gaining space go for it! I have visit one of my friends parents house and literaly there were NO doors in their house! Not even in the bathroom. (Only front and back doors). I do too love removing stuff!

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  8. Okay, first of all, if you can read that Japanese up there in the comments, you are my hero.

    Second, I agree on the doors. On our other house, we just did not have the square footage to have unnecessary doors. So we took off some and put them in the banisters in the garage. It made such a huge difference.

    Love it without that little table too.

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  9. What's up with that second comment?????

    We took our door to our basement off also.....love, love, love how open it feels without it. Makes a great table over a pair of sawhorses for garage sales too! We always need extra tables!

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  10. I am totally with you on this one! I love the open feel created by removing things..doors in particular! Now if only my hubby agreed.....lol.

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  11. I think removing the doors made a huge difference too!

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  12. I do the doors thing too. I love how open the room feels once you do that. Of course, when we put our house up for sale, my hubby went around and put all the doors that we had taken down back up. Then when we decided not to move, I had hubby take them back down.

    Hubby's not much of a fan of the removing doors thing. Not sure why. ;)

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  13. My dad still says "No Doy." He's funny. He doesn't let any of the stupid stuff from my childhood go.

    I still envy your laundry room every day. My husband won't budge on getting rid of the million wire hangers hanging from the wire shelf.

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  14. What a great idea. I feel so crowded in this little house sometimes, I really need to figure out what I can do without. I would love to be entered in the contest also. Thanks for the great suggestions. Hugs, Marty

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  15. For a year I lived in a house that had those awful metal bifold doors on the closets - the doors leftover from...early 70's? Or whenever. First thing I did in my bedroom was rip those suckers down and put a big muslin curtain up - it gave me TONS more space!

    The "you don't need something everywhere" is a concept train that I am jumping on!

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  16. So, my eye was drawn to that moulding arch on the right wall. Forgive me if you've already posted about it, but was that there or did you add it? If you did it I'd love the details on that project.

    (P.S. You're right about the table. So much better without it.)

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  17. Great post!!! We live in a small home and it drives me crazy when it starts to feel like we have too much stuff, so like you i start removing things. I dont have any doors to remove, but i will remove furniture.
    hugs
    janet

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  18. I just took the sliding doors off my closet and hung curtains! What a difference!

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  19. I am all about no doors! There used to be double doors between our living room and dining room. GONE!

    There is a door between my entry way and kitchen...but it is a pocket door, so I don't have to remove it, but I have only closed it once in the 5 years we have lived here.

    My closet has no door.

    I might have to try the furniture removal!

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  20. Ah, this is exactly my theory of home decor - it has to feel right. If it doesn't, eliminate it! Love, love, love... keep up the good work.

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  21. I totally agree with lkjoijl up there. He's a wise man.

    And only you would have the cutest laundry room in the world!

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  22. It's always bugged me a little that we don't have a door going into our master bedroom closet. It's right off the bathroom. After reading your post, I realize it's quite perfect! The door would never be closed, anyways!

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  23. Our kitchen has no door, and all of the other doors are always left open. Almost everyone who comes to visit us comments on how bright our flat is, considering it is not very big. If we didn't need doors in the other rooms(my husband is a musician, it gets noisy!) I would have taken them all off by now!

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  24. Sarah, Two things: What on earth does all that beautiful Asian writing translate to? AND I'm all about removing things, as well as swapping them out for what I have in other rooms. Thrifty and nifty. (That was pathetic, I know!)

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  25. What a difference it made removing those doors! I have a room I just might do that to. I'm sure my DH will roll his eyes at me, but your pictures are proof-positive that it'll look great.

    I removed an accent piece of furniture earlier this week. It made such a huge difference and totally opened up the space. Maybe I'll post about it on my blog. I'll have to clean the hairy dust balls out of the corner, first. :-)

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  26. Meant to add that I'm beyond excited for the Goodwill party! Great idea; thanks for hosting.

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  27. Interesting idea! I usually add something or re-make something when I want a change. I don't think I've ever tried removing something, but it's something I'll think about from now on. It seems to have made a huge difference in your laundry room. Thanks for the idea!

    Manuela

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  28. great ideas!!! I should totally do that to my laundry room and we are finishing our basement and have that SAME layout with the door and family room and such - I should so take that off too!!!!

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  29. I'm another one who removed the sliding closet doors and put up curtains. I love flinging them open wide when I dress in the morning. (The sliding doors always blocked one area of another inside.) I'm all about less stuff, too. I'm not one to buy something cuz it's a great deal and make it fit; I have more than enough and am trying to unburden myself of so much stuff.

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  30. Who would have thought a door would have made such a difference? Love it! Linda

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  31. Ummm... I'm a newbie. Can you/someone tell me what a Goodwill Party is?? :-)

    Thanks!

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  32. Good changes - I probably wouldn't have thought to remove doors of all things, but it makes total sense :)

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  33. A.Freakin'.Men.
    My sister likes a picture on every wall.
    I say, just because there is space, doesn't mean you have to fill it up.
    Space is good.

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  34. I just plain love reading your blog!

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  35. Great ideas! Make your home work for you - that's my motto!!!

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  36. are you going to make me go to goodwill again?!?!
    i'm not sure if i can do it...

    can i do estate sale or garage sale instead?

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  37. Hmmm...you've got me thinking. My summer project is to destash...simplify...
    We have only 3 days of school left and then the work begins. Thanks for the inspiration. Have a great Memorial Day ~Natalie

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  38. what a GREAT idea! I think my laundry room door should go too!

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  39. I'm a door remover too! In fact, I have a miniature master bathroom, so I removed the door and hung a curtain! It's a little bit weird, but now if hubby walks in while I'm standing at the sink, I don't get smashed. :P

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  40. My mom just removed some doors leading into her kitchen. She couldn't be a happier woman! Maybe that's the thing to do! Remove your doors and your room will look less cluttered and more open!? There is one small table in my house that has a basket that collects our mail. I hate it, want to get rid of it...but I wont let myself because of the mail. But when I find some where else to put them ail that table is out of here!!!

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  41. I just took down my over the kitchen cabinet stuff. Until winter when I need the clutter to feel cozy.

    I am about to remove my linen closet door and make it all pretty inside like they did in BHG (I think it was that mag).

    I am glad you are around. You have really good ideas for inspiration.

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  42. Hubby & I have been debating the future existence of several of our doors! The worst one is actually in our master bath... which kinda seems important, which is why we haven't pulled the trigger. Oh how I wish it could be a pocket door instead. And as for less is more in general, I found after repainting a particular wall in our living room that I didn't want to re-hang any art and I love the cleaner look.

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  43. I love these changes! I removed two folding style wooden doors going into my family room from the foyer about 15 years ago and I've never missed them. I did save themm since they were really nice doors...make a great screen all connected together. They live in the basement for now. :-) A friend of mine has a French door going down to her basement...still a door but it looks so much more open. Great post!

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  44. so agree with, when all else fails, remove the piece. Just did it with a table in the hallway that was a collect all piece - and now it has opened up the hallway and there is no more clutter. Just had to be done. Now I need to go around the house and look for extra, no need doors!

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  45. I so agree! Lose the doors and get rid of a piece of furniture to make an impact. We use shower curtains in place of doors in the kids' room and playroom and it really softens things and adds a ton of space.

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  46. Great blog. I enjoy your ideas, you are very creative and inspire me to do more for less!

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  47. I love taking doors off in the house. Currently there are three sitting in the garage instead of taking up space in the house. Doors that were never closed but took up wall space.
    It really does open up a room.
    Loving your blog, thanks for all the ideas.

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  48. We just took DD's closet doors (bi-fold) off the hinges, and it opened her room up SO much! She loves the extra space and I love the clean look!!

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  49. Wow! It seems lots of people take their doors off and we're not the only ones. Taking the closet door off our master closet was one of the best things. We have a tiny room and it took up a valuable corner. Now we even have a chair in there - not that you can sit on it for Hubs' clothes, but still.

    Love Tins and Treasures' term "destash"!

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  50. I'm a big fan of door removal, especially when we were renting. Here in England they seem to be big fans of closing off each and every room with a door, but DH and I are originally from South Africa and are more used to an open plan feel. Each time we moved into a rented property we would immediately remove the kitchen door, stashing it behind the couch, replacing it when we moved out again. You're right, it makes a huge difference!

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  51. I used to have that same metal and glass table (I think it was from Pier One). Anyway, I never thought things looked right on it either. Funny...

    Love your blog. Just discovered it recently. I'm a much better blog reader than blogger! :)

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  52. I've removed 2 doors as well & am thinking about removing the laundry room door. Definitely gives the appearance of more space!

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  53. I sorta wish we had pocket doors more and more... My grandparents used to have them in their home years ago- and I thought they were fabulous. I was thinking pocket french doors on the master bath (for instance) that open to both sides,or one side at a time. And you could frost the glass of course. But while you're frosting it you could put a vinyl sticker on it that said "The Loo" or something cutesy like that-so when you removed it the whole glass is frosted except the word(s) you had the sticker for! I'm dying to do that =)

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  54. We removed our bi-fold closet doors in the master bedroom to install supa-cool closet organizers (from Target, the wood kind...gorgeous!). Anyway, that was back in May. We decided that we really like it without the doors and we're going to leave it that way!

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  55. Woo! You're brave. Great post but boy my eye started to twitch and my shoulders tensed as I read. I was having total husband flashbacks! "We don't need it", "NO! Please don't get rid of that table, I love that table!"

    Simplify. I love how it looks but am ny (just watched Pirates of the Caribbean) incapable of living with it for too long before...I must fill that spot! =)

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