|These decorated my mom's kitchen when I was growing up.|
I'm trying to reduce the clutter we have in our home. Over the Christmas break I went through each room and got rid of things we don't need, use or like. My goal was to get rid of 27 items(flylady inspired) each day over the two weeks we had off from school. I exceeded that goal and I'm still finding things I don't need.
I love the look of a home filled with beautiful items and collections but it doesn't work for me. Having too many things around stresses me out. I don't know why. I can't deal with a bare home either. I have to find just the right balance to be happy with how my home looks.
|We "need" pretty tea things, don't we?|
I'm thinking about what we truly need and how to simplify our home. Every once in awhile I get tired of dealing with all of our things and want to downsize. I need to be more careful about what I add to our belongings, to be sure we need it. I want to have a beautiful home but to decorate it with items that we need and use instead of things that are purely decorative.
|My favorite tea cup.|
Plants have an important place in my decor. They clean the air and keep the natural world outside my home close to my heart and remind me of God's beautiful creation.
I've been reading on the topic of the simple life. I try to keep in mind how a home would have been equipped 100 or more years ago. I want to have a few quality items that I use instead of many cheaper decorative things.
|My husband brought these home from a 6 month long "business" trip when he was a Marine. We use them on special occasions.|
I'm envisioning a beautiful serving bowl on the sideboard with flowers from the garden floating in it. There are so many ways to use what I have to make my home pleasant instead of buying more stuff.
What are your views on this topic? Does clutter make you as crazy as it does me?