5 Tips for Creative Junking

Happy Monday! Today’s post is all about JUNKING! (Yes!! Thats right–the “j” word…:D)  While junking is one of my favorite hobbies, I also happen to know from experience that it can be incredibly exhausting, draining, and overwhelming…And I don’t want you to have to go through that type of a miserable experience! When I talk to people who have these types of experiences, it makes me so sad because junking has the potential to be such a fun and creative journey! So, with that being said, I have decided to share a few of the tricks and tips that I have learned and hope to help save you time, money and energy on the hunt.

Perhaps you will be able to relate to the following personal example: I see awesome antique finds and fantastic repurposed items from my favorite decorators on Instagram and Pinterest. Freshly motivated and inspired, I set off to find my own treasures to decorate and create with.  Upon arrival at the the junk yard, flea market, or antique shop, however, my brain slowly becomes over-stimulated with all of the crazies swamping the few golden treasures underneath.

Positive that there has to be something worth while in that mountain of junk, I begin to sift through it, piece by piece. But after a few piles, my brain begins to feel heavy and slightly overwhelmed. I will want to quit and go home. There is clearly nothing here.

How do I change this perspective??

That exact situation, friends, is what I hope to prevent by sharing the following list. I hope that these few tricks will give you help and motivation while you are out searching for that next golden nugget. 🙂

1. Know what you are searching for.

I can’t emphasize enough how important this is! Whenever I walk into a flea or antique market with absolutely no particular items on my mental or physical list, I always waste an abundant amount of time and energy searching for nothing. Instead of searching for a few particular items, I am now looking and searching through everything. Now that is overwhelming to a little brain like mine!

2. Be on the lookout for certain shapes and sizes.

Remember to think outside of the box (both figuratively and literally :D.) Planning to build a new desk? Look for a long, flat piece that could be used as a unique desk top.  Keep in mind the particular dimensions that you would like to use, and go for it! You will find that your eye will be drawn to anything that may work as a desk top!

3. Fresh paint and fabric will do wonders. Literally.

Avoid immediately discarding something based on an obnoxious or dated color scheme or fabric. I have found some of the best deals on nasty looking old pieces and simply need a little TLC and fresh coat of paint or some new upholstery. You would not believe the difference those two things can make!

4. Keep in mind the color and texture scheme of your home. 

Because Jon and I have a love for the industrial farmhouse look, I am naturally drawn to old woods, metals or anything that combines the two. Sometimes I will still find great treasures that are not on my list, but because of the color or texture, I will naturally spot them! These “surprise finds” are the best! 🙂

5. Avoid just “buying things.”

This too I have learned from personal experience. Just because something happens to be a great deal, doesn’t mean that you have to buy it. 😉 The rule I have made for myself is that unless I can quickly come up with an inspired piece, purpose, and place for the object, I don’t buy it. This will help eliminate your own garage, shop, or spare room from becoming as cluttered and unorganized as the places you go junking ;).

I hope you have found this posting helpful! Let me know if you have any of your own junkin’ tips for me! I would love to hear them. 🙂 I would also love to see your creative finds and hear about your plans for them! Post a picture on Instagram and tag me in it (@graceunmeasuered) and use the hashtag (#GUBlogCreate). Happy Junkin’, Friends!

xx, Julia 🙂

P.S. Don’t forget to enjoy all the “special” or “unique” finds…there are certainly some crazy ones out there. 😉IMG_2792


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