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What My Home is Saying

When we bought our first home last year, I almost went crazy pretend decorating. I stayed up way too late pouring over every online home store and decor catalog I could get my hands on (I was overseas remember). I made power points, mood boards, wish lists, you name it, I was obsessed; I was a woman on a mission and I had a plan. Fast forward a year later and well, not much on the decorating front has been done.

My home is still pretty much a blank slate waiting to be adorned. I wanted to live in it brand new for awhile and wait for my home to tell me what it wanted me to do. I wanted to see how we used each space, where the clutter landed (and boy did it ever), and what objects appealed to me as time went on. Well, my home has been talking A LOT lately and here’s what it has been saying,

My home has asked me for:

{A place for all the papers to be tucked away to keep them from landing on my beautiful counter tops and taking over my life} Source: IKEA

This unit is supposed to hold shoes but I think it would be much more helpful in my house as a magazine, newspaper, meal plan, coupon, kids artwork kind of holder. Of course, it would need to be cleaned out regularly since I don’t think it would hold too much, but that might be a good thing. It would keep things from getting too far out of hand. This also gives me a place to drop my keys, maybe add a hook to hang my purse and hey, look at that I even get a mirror to check myself before I rush out the door with the kiddos – BONUS!

{A convenient, hidden recycling center}
Source: Southern Living

I’m big in to recycling, but I live outside the city’s area of responsibility for pick up. Every Tuesday, I haul a mini van full of recyclables to my nearest Air Force base and sort the items when I get there. I got these color-coded bags as a gift for Christmas, but they’re too large to just have sitting out in my kitchen. I have a ton of cabinet space that I’m not taking advantage of, so I thought I would clear out 1 or 2 lower cabinets and create my own little recycling center. Hopefully, this will help my husband remember to throw his cans & bottles into the bags and keep me from being a trash digger outter :)

{A breakfast bar}
Source: Cottage Living (Thanks Paula)

Now that my counters are cleared off, my home would really like a place for the kids to be able to interact with me while I’m in the kitchen. This side of my counter is perfect for mixing up a quick batch of muffins, rolling out pizza dough, (making homemade ice cream :) )or just watching Mom do her thing. They’re not quite ready to sit on stools and eat anything but well, that time will be here before I know it …

{A Bedroom I want to be in}
Source: Coastal Living

Our bedroom is bigger than we ever really needed it to be and as a result it has become the dumping ground for storage, out of season clothing, important papers and furniture we’re saving to give to a family member. Nothing that makes me want to retreat there or actually even spend any time in there. I had a chat with the hubs tonight and we have agreed since all of our shows are finished for the season, we will devote 30 min to an hour every week to sorting through our mess. Starting in the bedroom and working our way all the way to the garage :) Yay!! He has no idea how much trouble he is in or what BIG plans I have for our space. (I’ll share my plans for the bedroom next …)

Stacy

Stacy is seeing the world in a whole new way – through the eyes of her children. She writes about the little things, the big things and all the “stuff” in between at Kids Stuff World.

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14 thoughts on “What My Home is Saying”

    • Wouldn’t that be fun! You’d be just the person for the job too. I know how super organized you are. Wish you lived just a wee bit closer :(

    • Thanks, me too! It would fit perfectly right off our playroom (at least in my visions it does) My breakfast bar will be an afterthought … trying to think up creative ways to make one without messing with my counter tops. I’ve got a few ideas, wish me luck

  • We’ve been in our house since dec ’05 and it’s still in shambles. I need a big influx of money to do it up proper. Homeschooling my boy definitely isn’t good for the pocketbook – but worth it in every other way.
    Love that IKEA piece. Might have to look into it. Paper is my biggest nemesis. :)
    .-= Debbie´s last blog ..Holiday Monday =-.

  • We must live in the same house. Piles of paper and stuff everywhere. Our bedroom is the furthest thing from romantic. Yet 3 years later we are in the same condition as when we moved in. Le sigh.

    • Yep, sounds like the same place to me. I left my kids rooms undecorated for so long my husband started buying all the baseball/basketball posters he could get his hands on. It looks like his middle school dream room (my kids are 1,3 &4). That was my cue to get things started :)

  • I have been looking for the online version of that very kitchen. The bottom cabinet are what I am thinking of painting my kitchen in. It’s cottage living mag by the way. so happy you posted it!
    .-= paula´s last blog ..What I Wore =-.

    • Paula, Thank you so much for stopping by :) I love that kitchen, the flooring is majorly awesome to me. I can’t wait to see what you do with your kitchen, I just know it will be FAB!

  • Love that Ikea shoe cabinet. I have been on the look out for something thin for near our front door and this might just work.

    If I do go ahead with it I will point you to the pictures of the completed project.

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