We live in a small house. 1,100 square feet, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Well; ask me that in a couple of years when I’ve added to my brood and we have converted the garage into more living space…
That’s the thing about kids. They need room to play and they come with lots of “stuff.” Even when DH and I take the minimalist approach to child-rearing and “stuff-having,” we have still ended up with more “stuff” than we’d like. I am that weekly purger who is constantly sending little bits off to the thrift store because I don’t like clutter about.
My philosophy on clutter is that it wastes time and energy, being shuffled about, looked after, and constantly cleaned up. And– it bugs me. If something can’t find a permanent “home” in our house and does not serve multiple purposes, I do not want it around. There are of course exceptions; like how I don’t even go into the garage anymore. That is enemy territory 🙂
So, space is at a premium, and I am always looking for ways to organize and de-clutter the house. I want to utilize my small space as best as possible, but I want it to be aesthetically pleasing too. In bringing in more stuff for my little one, and baby-proofing, some things have been displaced, purged or shuffled. Like my hat and scarf rack…
Living in the PNW, I have a lot of scarves. They are a rain shield, a removable layer for warmth, a baby blanket, a water-bottle holder, a napkin, a spit-up cover, a nursing cover, a baby toy and (gasp!), a fashion accessory. That is how I “justify” having a few scarves around. When I say around, I really mean it, because in the colder months of heavy use they end up everywhere.
I figured out a super easy way to organize them, as well as my husband’s ties, (and perhaps my bras too), and it only took a second to make. All you need is some shower curtain rings and a hanger!
Load the shower curtain rings on to the hanger and your done! It was waaaaaaay too easy 🙂
Once you get it loaded up with scarves, the textiles all look so beautiful together! I actually hang mine on the outside of our coat closet near the front door. It reminds me to grab a scarf, and it adds some color and pizzazz to a plain white door. I am not an interior decorating specialist, so this type of decoration looks good to me 🙂
What types of things have you come up with to organize and de-clutter your house?
Can you think of anything else to hang on this rack?
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