A Clean Sweep.

By Alison June 21, 2006 18 Comments 2 Min Read





So you ask your house to heal your heart and hells bells doesn’t it just go and do the very thing!

Let’s think of this as a clean sweep, kind of like the seasonal scrub only  without the hassle of wondering where you can hide his  yukky smelly trainers and whether  he will come in  and abandon  a used teabag on your kitchen counter until it leaves permanent proof of just how many builders brews the man has on the  hour, every hour…

Oh but I’m having fun! Did you ever think you would hear me say that again? I’m in my element, making things scrumptious, ludicrously silly, girly, and  wonderful.

As you will see above I have started to repair the damage a decaying relationship had inflicted on the yard and titchy little laundry room and making things lovely again is making me smile and more than that making me feel like I’m in control of my whole destiny, and indeed the ironing board, the scrumptiously pretty hydrangeas and what I’m having for elevenses.

Next it’s on to the bedroom. Our bedroom. My bedroom.

I’m taking the world and making it my own. And though I miss him like hell there is a big big part of me enjoying myself too much to contemplate wanting him back.

Oh and the joy of having a whole other wardrobe all to myself…


  1. ms*robyn says:

    when my ex left me – after I had cried myself empty – I had such fun, doing just what you are doing. I agree with you that it is so good not to have all the smelly stuff around. The house stays tidy and it is very, very soothing. good for you Alison.
    I love the photos, specially the court yard…

  2. Tracy says:

    Alison, love the pictures of your home & garden. Glad you are feeling better!

  3. Kim says:

    I am in love with your garden–it looks like something out of a magazine! What are the blue things on that roll in the laundry room?

  4. alison says:

    Bin bags Kim!

  5. donna says:

    I have just found you and spent ages reading your lovely blog. I have shed a tear over the demise of your relationship, foloed your links to look at gorgeous vintage things and enjoyed the photos of your fabulous 80's hair! You're a girl after my own heart, glad to have found you 🙂

  6. Kim says:

    Oooo, how lovely! I wish that I could find bin bags in pretty colors!

  7. Gena King says:

    Those pics could have come straight out of a glossy mag like country living or English home! I see you sitting in that yard drinking tea out of a pretty china cup! it is truly delightful!

  8. diana says:

    oooh la la… looks fabulous !

  9. Meredith says:

    Absolutely beautiful!! Enjoy yourself!!

  10. Sandi says:

    I love the photos! Especially that wonderful shelf thing that holds the bin bags. Even love the bin bags–we don't say that here in Iowa.
    I am busy getting ready to move next week-after 28 years. As I downsize to a little cottage, I have been grieving for the loss of my "stuff". So here I am, also doing a clean sweep.
    So glad you are feeling better.

  11. OH, I'm so happy for you. I'm needing so much the strenght that comes from your posts and, to see how you are begining to remember that you exist and to live our own life…
    It's a good example for us all.

  12. mandy says:

    what a pretty little place you have created to sit and relax in your garden, it was lovely to see.

  13. Petah says:

    I agree, straight out of the pages of a magazine. Wish my hydrangeas would bloom like that. We are currently in the middle of a drought here. Hope your heart has gone from that throbbing ache to a dull one, if you know what I mean. So proud of how you have come out of this.

  14. Karen says:

    Alison you should be editing a wonderful home magazine and making bundles of money. You have such an eye for charm and elegance…and you write beautifully…right from the heart. I am so glad you are feeling better! By the way, just what are elevenses? We don't use that term in Connecticut.

  15. karlanee says:

    One word – scrumptious!

  16. Mindy says:

    This is wonderful news indeed! Your home is gorgeous..keep it up..xo

  17. chris brown says:

    Very Urban Prairie! Looks beautiful.

  18. Carol says:

    Gorgeous pictures of your lovely home and patio Alison! Yes that's the best part of living alone, that you can have a scrumptious girly home! I enjoy that every day too! I love the wallpaper in you laundry room btw!

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