THE ART OF AUTUMN...
Usually it's a rainy fall, filled with visual wonder. This year is different, very dry & lacking in the colorful display that inspires me. I have seen it, but only in a few spots...a glimpse here & a peek there, then it's gone. Brown & dead leaves; one by one dropped to the ground like a hot potata! Naked little stems sticking out against the skyline like a sore thumb. That feeling brings me back inside to art around or to organize an area of the house we recently moved into & haven't quite gotten around to unpacking yet!
DECORATING FOR FALL...
I've focused so much on the outside of the house lately, so I want to move it back inside for a while. Natural or found objects are great resources just waiting for you to pick up & give them a new life!
ORGANIZING IN AUTUMN...
I have lived in several different homes in my life & I can tell you that not all kitchens are created equally! Some kitchens had few drawers & some had little counter space, but all were small. Small size comes with it's own challenges.
Now, I have an average size kitchen with lots of storage (2 pantries worth)! 1 pantry we use for food & extra food related items, & the other we use as the utility/pet closet. The challenge I face now is the combining of households. It feels like there are 10 of everything between me, my mom, & my grandma! The overwhelming feeling tends to be an issue that many people struggle through when deciding on what to keep or give away. We started by grouping all like items together: crock-pots galore (I've never seen so many varities! But hey, it's the south), cooking utensils, baking dishes, you name it & we had many. Once the boxes were emptied & sorted, we looked through each group of items to inspect the condition of each item. Next, we all decided to either keep it, yard sale/donate it, or just trash it. These are some of the guidelines we used to keep an item:
*If there are multiple, ask which do I like the best or will I need 2? More than that is usually not necessary.
*How often do I use the item/items?
*Where am I going to store the item/items so that it makes sense in the space & is handy when needed?
*Is it an heirloom? Where does it get stored/displayed?
Once all the items were sorted & decided upon, we asked a couple more questions:
*What items do I use most often & where do I use them (Stove, Oven, Counter)?
*What limitations, if any, do I have? (Drawer/Shelf/Counter Top Space)
*Are there special needs to consider when deciding on where to put items? (Heavy Lifting/Reaching above the Head/Bending Over/Wheelchair Accessible/Little Kids/Older Adults)
After discussing the needs, wants, & goals, we developed the best organizational/space plan for all of our family members. Finally we started the process of getting the stuff on the shelves & in the drawers! Now we have a place for everything!
Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes
Art is an awesome thing when you have the right pieces. Aesthetic art is just to look at, but applied art is functional as well as good looking!
Being organized is a life skill that starts with knowing how to be organized & how to maintain that organization. It's your life, let's take it back!