And you may not care if you do...
This my fireplace hearth "de-junked". I want to document this day. For years, after going to an estate sale or auction, I've brought my purchases into the house in big Rubbermaid tubs and plopped them on the fireplace hearth, sometimes two high and two wide. That keeps the junk out of the way for traffic and vacuuming, but isn't very conducive to lighting a fire in the fireplace.
Of course, the stuff doesn't stay there, I pull it out, clean it, price it and move it on to where ever I plan to sell it, but I never get to the bottom of the pile. By the time I make noticable progress, I've bought more stuff. I've been working, working, working on getting that hearth clear of junk.
But before I took a picture I had to style it a little bit- a picture of just a fireplace and hearth isn't very interesting.
This box is propped by the fireplace. It's big- about 18" square. I love brick red and black laquer together. I was told it was a Japanese scarf box.
This is the inside of the box- it's a rice paper liner that I can't believe has survived intact for this long.
Of course, the uncluttered hearth won't last for long, it's exactly where I'll put my next load of "stuff". But in the meantime, bring out the logs, let's light a fire, even if we do have to run the air conditioner at the same time.