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Raleigh Green Gables: Is it time to audit your artwork?

Posted October 31

Assessing your artwork

Fall is a great time to do quick organizing projects. First, the cooler weather means it's attic season.

Second, the trees are about to let go of their leaves, and they show us how beautiful it can be to let go of stuff.

Last month, I talked about editing your cookbooks.

This month, I suggest you take time to audit your artwork.

How long has the art hung on your walls? I bet you don’t even notice your pieces any more.

It's time to assess. So how do you audit artwork?

Well, I can tell you because I am doing it right now at my house.

I took every single painting and picture off the walls. I grouped them by size, to see a couple of things:

  • See how many similar ones I had and
  • Look at each one carefully to decide if it was still my style. (I am about to turn 40 after all, and my style has definitely changed.)

Here is my art organized by size and type, leaning against the walls in my guest room:

Raleigh Green Gables

By putting all of my artwork together, I noticed most of my art is small. I need to invest in some larger pieces. (Calling all Raleigh artists!)

And because I want larger, "real" artwork, I sold most of the framed posters I used to decorate during my single days in D.C. -- before I could buy art. Posters are definitely not my style any more. I also sold a few other smaller pieces that no longer served me.

So what now? The art is still in my guest room. To be honest, I am enjoying the minimalist look on my walls.

To get them back up, I plan to hire a decorator to hang them. I can help you declutter, but interior decorating is a whole other skill. I need someone who has a better eye than me.

Then, I will be on the hunt for new, larger pieces.

Leah Friedman is a mom of two, professional organizer and owner of Raleigh Green Gables.

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