Winter has me wanting to spend time in my home. The same time that I would have ordinarily spent outside is now free for all those projects I’ve been thinking of.
Sometimes I have an actual task that keeps me busy, such as redoing the guest room, painting the trim in the family room, or even just moving things around to re-do the décor of a room. Other times it is just creating order out of the everyday things that fill my life and add clutter to my environment.
I am guilty of saving magazines. I have very good reasons for my piles, ones that my husband has trouble understanding, but I assure you they are essential to my creative life. My collection is quite simply my resource library. I go to it whenever I need inspiration or to gather images to show my design clients what something will look like. I’ve recently discovered Pinterest and that is becoming an amazing resource for me and all the other people that use it. The best part is that it is all on line and that makes my husband very happy! If you have not discovered Pinterest you really should go exploring! You can go to my boards and see what I collect.
I find the best way to create the appearance of order is to group things together in what appears to be an organized manner. Stacking magazines in a pile next to an armchair becomes a great end table when you add a small tray for drinks. No one would know that an hour earlier the magazines were piled haphazardly on my coffee table! Throwing all those extra shoes that always seem to gather in my mud room into one of my market bags suddenly puts order where I assure you there was none. Then there is my kitchen desk. It is a gathering place for odds and ends that don’t seem to belong anywhere. No matter what I do it always looks cluttered. Recently, I found some covered baskets I stack on the desk with everything that gathers tucked away neatly inside.
Without much effort what was once clutter is now stylishly organized. It does not take a major investment of time and is a solution that works great when guests are coming and you have no time or interest in doing a big clean or shoving things into a closet for later.
It‘s a fun and stimulating way to come up with simple solutions for the mess that would otherwise just creates stress in my life.
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This week, I’m thinking about the trials and tribulations of entertaining—especially my disasters in the kitchen and, believe me, I’ve had quite a few.
I once made this great rice dish . . .
Getting there is half the fun. Or at least that’s what I tell myself when I’m getting ready to entertain. There are always things that go wrong or . . .