Monday Mess 01.

Today’s new column is called MONDAY MESS.  

Mondays can be a drag.  Messes are definitely a downer.  But beauty is always in the eye of the beholder.  

Haven’t you ever been on the inter webs and spied someone’s messy desk and thought it to be beautiful?  Truly, a beautiful mess, right? There have been so many times I have seen piles and clutter, desks, boards, nightstands, and the like, that are bit messy but ever so interesting.

While we are all striving for perfection, I’m convinced that it is the imperfection that is interesting.  I’m certain that if your home is filled with beautiful things (and by that I mean, things that have meaning and beauty to you) than even when these items are strewn about or out of their place they still somehow bring a sense of interest to your space.  Perfection isn’t always pretty.  So, on this Monday when the laundry pile is overwhelming, the dishes are stacked to the ceiling and you can’t see the bottom of your desk, take heart!  You are not alone!  And do look a little closer because I’m quite certain there is pretty to be found in your piles.

This column is going to feature well lived in spaces of stylish and interesting people living with interesting and stylish things.  While I love, and pretty much adore, looking at styled spaces, I love even more peeking into well loved and lived in homes.  And I think you, just, might too?  Each week we’ll host  a conversation on a featured space, acceptance of imperfection, organizational tips and tricks and, end with a little inspiration.  It will look a little like this:

PHOTOS /  The mess

CLEAN IT / Blogger will share a space in their home they plan to pay special attention to this week.  As well as a favorite organizational tip, trend or product.  Anything and everything they might have to say on the subject of clean.

LEAVE IT  / Blogger will share a space that, although it may drive them crazy, they are willing to let go this week.  Accept it as it is.  Move on and clean/organize it when they can.

BELIEVE IT / Blogger will share an inspirational thought, quote, idea, etc.  Something in their own words.


This week, I’m hoping to clean out the coat closet in the mud room.  Baby gear, that is no longer needed, is taking up primes property.  I’d also love to go through all of the gloves, hats, scarves and snow gear that we (hopefully) we won’t be needing any longer this year.  Even though this little area has a closet, hooks, baskets and a bench we still can’t seem to keep it looking tidy.
TIP / Something new I’ve implemented is that I keep a big plastic container in the basement (or garage) that is strictly for goodwill.  As soon as come across something I no longer want I run it down to the giveaway container. When the container is full, off to Goodwill it goes and I start all over again.
This week I’m OK with letting my closet go.  It is always a work in progress.  Which, if I’m honest, drives me crazy.  I long to do a major overhaul.  But….no matter how many blog posts I read, with step by step instructions, about doing a major purge, I just can’t bring myself to do it.  I make a big pile and give it away and then immediately start another.  All the while, daily, looking at pieces of clothing that i know I won’t wear but somehow still have a hard time parting with.

What about you?  Does your bathroom get a little out of control?  I try most days to put things back exactly where they go but most days it just doesn’t happen.  What kind of mess do you have going on today?  I’d love to hear all about it (and what do you think of this new feature, lovelies)?
P.S. Speaking of bathrooms and the products that fill up the counter space . . . later this week I’m sharing my Game Changer Beauty Products.  It’s going to be a good one.
[images / la la Lovely]


  • Christina
    Commented on March 26th, 2012 at 6:21am

    Trina … bravo on this column!! Monday always has a loom on me. I always seem to forget, spill, trip, not think straight … and I just need to give myself some grace if I can make it out the door.

    Usually, I don’t have a physical mess… I just forget stuff. I head to the gym and I forgot my sports bra. I head to work and I forgot my lap top. I head to the pharmacy and I forgot my prescription. My brain is a mess : )

    Love your quote, too. xo

  • Trina
    Commented on March 26th, 2012 at 12:07pm

    Thanks, friend. Yes grace is def in order. I think we all need to be kinder to ourselves. Your brain is just busy with important other thoughts and ideas!
    xo. t

  • Tracey
    Commented on March 26th, 2012 at 8:49am

    ha ha ha. I wouldn’t have to work very hard to join in with you here! Great column! xo

  • Trina
    Commented on March 26th, 2012 at 12:12pm

    Thanks, dear! xo . t

  • michelle @ pretty mommy
    Commented on March 26th, 2012 at 9:16am

    LOVE this!! and that goodwill tip is brilliant…
    I always wanted to do a series where people with kids take a picture of what their living room actually looks like at 5pm (mostly to prove to my husband that we are not the only crazy, messy house)…haha!

  • Trina
    Commented on March 26th, 2012 at 12:15pm

    Thanks, Michelle. I think the 5pm room post is brilliant. It would be great for all husbands of the world to see and revolutionary for moms feeling overwhelmed and guilty.
    xo . t

  • Melissa
    Commented on March 26th, 2012 at 10:06am

    I love this new Monday Mess goodness! Brilliant!
    The messy parts of our lives are definitely some of the most interesting tidbits about us.

  • Trina
    Commented on March 26th, 2012 at 12:18pm

    Thanks, Mel! You are right about that. I’m trying more each day to see the beauty in the mess.
    xo . t

  • estelle
    Commented on March 26th, 2012 at 10:06am

    LOVE this idea. It’s brilliant and let’s all try to keep it a little more real. I also love Michelle’s idea about the living room at 5 p.m. I’m not alone. I’ll be tuning in every Monday for sure.

  • Trina
    Commented on March 26th, 2012 at 12:21pm

    Thanks, Estelle. Keeping it real is so liberating and yes, I think Michelle is on to something.
    xo . t

  • WorthyStyle
    Commented on March 26th, 2012 at 1:31pm

    What a great idea! Thank you for sharing these inspirational thoughts :)

  • Miz. November
    Commented on March 26th, 2012 at 10:03pm

    Trina, this is a pretty cool idea. We are always trying so hard to show the very best of our lives on our blogs. A little reality is refreshing.
    And is that Yes to Carrots hand cream I spy? That stuff is so good. I love it!

    BTW….cleaning is on the brain. I am doing some spring cleaning posts over on my blog this week! Stop by when you get a chance.

  • Trina
    Commented on March 27th, 2012 at 8:39pm

    thanks, Jo. I think it will be a nice breath of fresh air for everyone! And yes…Say Yes to Carrotts hand cream. I like it a lot too! Thanks for letting me know about your spring cleaning posts.
    xo . t

  • Brandi {not your average ordinary}
    Commented on March 27th, 2012 at 1:12pm

    What a brilliant new column! I’m so looking forward to future posts. As for my bathroom, I don’t have enough counter space for things to get out of control. The rest of my apartment can get to be a mess during the week though — which is strange because I consider myself a very tidy person.

  • Trina
    Commented on March 27th, 2012 at 8:38pm

    thanks you, Brandi. I’m so glad you like…I think it is going to be fun! Things always seem to get a bit messier during the hustle and bustle of the week, don’t they? xo . t

  • Colleen / Inspired to Share
    Commented on March 27th, 2012 at 10:52pm

    Such a great idea – excited for this Trina!! xo

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