You may have noticed that this year on the blog I’m trying to get back to sharing the small spaces in my home that I’m organizing each week. I’m not staging my photos and just keeping it real. However it can be so hard not to compare ourselves to the beautifully decorated homes we see on Instagram isn’t it? When scrolling through your feed do you ever find yourself thinking that your home can never look this nice or be that organized, so why should I even bother?
I don’t want to perpetuate that problem which is why I don’t stage my photos. Last week I shared a picture of my kitchen on the blog. I didn’t take a single thing off my counters that isn’t normally there. What you saw is exactly what my friends see when they come over to visit. After that post I got a comment thanking me for sharing a real kitchen (outdated oak cabinets and all) and it made me so happy. Yes this is my real life that I’m sharing and I do so hoping that it encourages others. My goal in helping others organize isn’t so you have an Instagram worthy home that showcases well in pictures. Instead I want to help you have a peaceful organized home that lends itself to calming the chaos in your life. It can be done, one small organized space at a time.
Small Organized Spaces: Linen Cupboard
This week I’ve been working on switching out some of my winter decor for spring accessories. I’ve had enough of winter and I wanted to lighten things up with some spring colors even if outside tells an entirely different story. Anyway when I opened my linen cupboard, which is in a hutch in my dining room, this situation presented itself.
linen cupboard before
Not terrible but the place mats I wanted to access were at the bottom of that pile. I could have grabbed them out and hoped for the best but I had a pretty good idea that the entire pile was going to come crashing down as soon as I tried to get them out. So I instead took everything out and dumped it on the floor. I knew that I no longer needed half of those linens. I rarely use tablecloths anymore and most of them didn’t match the new color scheme of my kitchen/dining room since we painted last year anyway. It was a lot of decisions that needed to be made, so in all honesty I’d been putting it off for awhile. But now was the time to get it done.
With everything lying around me I created two piles, one for keep and one for donate. I just started tossing things in to whatever side they fit. I asked myself questions like when have I used this last and what are the chances I’d use it again. Anything not used within the last year was donated. As you can see that turned out to be a pretty big pile.
In our old house when we lived near family and had much more space. I use to do a lot more entertaining back then than I do now. I loved decorating the table for whatever holiday was upon us. Now I rarely entertain and never large crowds since our space is so much smaller. So it just wasn’t realistic to continue to hoard all these things that haven’t been used in years. They represent a different life.
Quite honestly these things made me sad to look at remembering how awesome it used to be living in the same town as family. I don’t have that luxury now (nor do I have a big dining room anymore) so we are just in a different stage of life. I still set special holiday tables for my immediate family but on a much simpler scale. Keeping things simple I’ve come to realize over the years can also be beautiful.
linen cupboard after
I also did a little rearranging and purging on the other side of the cabinet as well. It used to look like this:
And now looks like this:
My cupboard is so much lighter now and I am too. Living in the present and not holding on to things that represent a different time is my goal. It doesn’t make sense to have to dig through stuff I rarely use to find the things I do use and love regularly.
I don’t want my home to be a storage space for days gone by. Instead I want a home that represents and serves the stage of life we are in now. I love the feeling of freedom that comes from living in the present and not for “just in case”.
Where do you keep your linens? Do you have a linen cupboard?
Have a great weekend everyone! I hope you take some time to create a small organized space in your own home.
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