Why Pinterest?

Fall Front Porch ideaPinterest is amazing because not only has it tied a world of ideas together, but it has become a spot where you can find how to do something, lesson plans for teachers, science, home improvement, th latest hair styles. I have yet to be disappointed looking for ideas on Pinterest especially when it comes to our homes.

I want Fall front porch ideas for my home.  How about over a thousand ideas instead?

https://www.pinterest.com/explore/fall-front-porches/

If you need inspiration for just about anything for your home check it out. You might be pleasantly surprised.

 

 

Ah yes, the Linen Closet

The Linen closet truly is not a catch all. It is super handy for that, but it really is wonderful when it is organized.

sheet fortSheets, towels, blankets and pillows are generally in a linen closet.  Figure you need two sets of sheets per bed, and stop keeping the odd balls.  You do not need to keep the extra top sheet that matches nothing unless of course you have kids and are still building forts.  If you are still in the building fort stage I would keep everything that is helpful for that.

Otherwise just keep what is not beady and threadbare.  You do not need to keep all of the old towels for the dog’s bath. 3 are great. If you buy better quality sheets they will last a lot longer too.  They cost more more but they last until the elastic wears out.  Sheets should be easy to reach, but towels need to be the easiest and at eye level.

Yes people sleep over. Yes you need a couple extra blankets, but stop yourself there. You do not need to keep every tired quilt you have every owned. Keep 2.

folded towelFold things so they take up as little space as possible and so that they look nice. A basket of washcloths is lovely. Towels folded length-wise in thirds and folded over twice look very neat and tidy. The smooth folded part faces out towards you.

rolled towelIf space is really tight, rolling towels looks great too.

Storing pillows in a large basket at the bottom of the closet is a great way to fit the 4 you need to save for guests.  Don’t go nuts. 4 is plenty.  Do not save every old pillow. Pillows can become very dirty with sweat and use over time.  I generally keep 4 nice pillows for guests and eventually when I throw out the old pillows on my beds, they replace them and I buy new.

When my linen closet is organized for some reason I FEEL organized.

linen closet

Learning to Simplify

simplifySimplifying is not an easy task. If you have a friend who is a minimalist that can be incredibly helpful, but most of us don’t.

The less you have, the easier it is to stay organized.  I love knowing where everything is and the only way to do that is to have a specific place for everything (except scissors-I am a firm believer of a set of scissors in every single room).  It took a long time to have a place for everything.  We move about every 5 years or so.  That alone has helped me condense my stuff, but you can do it anywhere.

If you clear out a space-even if it is a couple of kitchen cabinets really clean it out. All items out. Wipe all the shelves and walls down.  Let things that have no sentimental value go-especially if they are chipped or faded.  We do not need 20 mugs. I have no idea why I would have so many other than people gave them to me, and I feel guilty letting them go. LET THEM GO.  Just keep your favorites.The ones you don’t like sit in the back of the cabinet anyway and never get used.

Keep in mind that decluttering is a never ending project.  I can tell you if you make it a habit it is so much easier, but it takes practice.  I have been practicing for years and have gotten much better.

One of the best things about decluttering is there is less to clean, dust and wipe off. I was shocked by how much time it saves.  Even having a cabinet with glass doors saves a ton of time. Not a lot of dust gets in there so it is no longer a weekly project. More like a every few months project.

And keep in mind…life is messy and fun.  We can’t have a stark clean house and still be having fun.  It is a give and take situation. But remember-if you know where everything is, you aren’t looking for it so that saves a ton of time to have fun.