Fall Disorganizing

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A glimpse of my ‘finished” old house inspires me to not give up!

I know spring cleaning is “a thing” people like to do, but I think fall and organizing should also go together. I feel extra motivated in September to begin organizing ALL THE THINGS. I love to organize my house in the fall because we are in more of a routine, I am inspired for my house to feel more inviting and cozy inside, and because there’s only like 102 sleeps left before CHRISTMAS! Don’t worry though, I won’t talk about Christmas just yet :).

Even though I’m really inspired for fall organizing this year, I’m honestly also feeling extra DISorganized about all the things around me right now. I feel like I’m always stepping over or dismantling more than I’m putting away. Many rooms and areas in our house have had to be in disarray for quite some time due to the work being done on our house inside and out.

I’ll spare you the list of issues, but it’s all a part of the process. It’s not going to be perfectly neat and tidy until it’s finished. And the dream of finishing is why we started our projects in the first place. We know it will all be worth it to us in the end; we just have to be patient on the way to the finish line.

Make Room for What You Love

Many other seasons of life feel like that, too. If you want to chase your dreams (build a house? maybe write a book? build a business?), you’ve got be willing to go through all of the steps make it happen. Even the not fun steps. You may have to stare at a blank slate, declutter everything first, or even dismantle what is not working for you at various points along the way (the not fun part) in order to build or restore it to more beautiful than it was before (the fun part). It’s definitely not always a pretty process and can be slow going to get through the chaos of it all, but finally reaching your dream or goal will be worth it.

You guys, have I mentioned lately how stinkin‘ excited I am about my kitchen remodel? We’ve been happily selecting our cabinet styles and this week we’ll finalize the cabinet layout, too. Then we can order our cabinets so they will arrive in time! I’m not only looking forward to a having a cute and clean kitchen, but I’m looking forward to being able to have drawers that won’t accidentally fall on my feet when I pull them out. It’s the little things, you know?

Are you in the middle of some fall disorganizing?

Sources and FAQ:

Wood Framed Chalkboard (similar) / Days of the Week Magnetic Clothespins (similar) / Magnetic Pencil Cups (similar) / Chalkboard PrintKitchen Sources / White Metal and Wood Stool / Paint Colors / Shiplap Info / Flooring FAQ

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If you need a little extra nudge or helpful motivation to declutter and simplify your home and life, I wrote a newly released book called Make Room for What You Love (written as we were moving from our previous and more orderly house)! It contains all the tips and encouragement I have found helpful to motivate and encourage myself to form new habits and get my house in order. I hope it will inspire you, too.

Fall Pillows + How I Store My Seasonal Pillows

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Cozy fall pillows can transform a room from summer to fall in no time at all. But trying to find storage for a lot of off-season pillows? That can be a challenge. Especially in a small house! This summer I was determined to solve my pillow woes once and for all because the storage situation was really getting out of hand. My husband was giving me the stink eye every time I brought a few more pillows home and yet, I couldn’t help it :).

Hi, I’m Melissa and I really like pillows.

Now, if you are more of a minimalist and like to keep your house pretty streamlined, you probably can’t relate to the joy that is found in seasonal pillows. Bless. But for many of us, cozy cable knit pillows in the fall, velvet pillows in the winter and pretty patterned pillows in a cheerful palette in the spring can “spark a lot of joy”. Maybe too much joy, but still.

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Summer pillows on the daybed. I’ll show you my fall daybed pillows in an upcoming post.

For years I really wanted to do a pillow pare down, but just kept putting it off. And every season the numbers of pillows seemed to increase, rather than decrease. Since we have such limited space to store extras in this house, I realized it was finally time to get serious about paring down.

I started the pillow decluttering process by assessing the quality of my pillows. I like heavier firm but squishable down-like pillows, not flat or floppy or foamy ones. For being a generally indecisive person, I am a pretty picky pillow person!

A NOTE ON PILLOW FORMS: For those of you who asked which forms I like the best, many of them I already had, but I recently bought a couple I really like. They are heavy and squishable feather and down. You can find the ones I have here in the 22 x 22 size as well as other sizes. Also note to buy them a size or two BIGGER than your covers so they’ll be extra fluffy :).

I pared down the pillows that didn’t meet the quality standard and only kept the quality of pillow inserts I really liked. If I liked the cover and it had a zipper, I donated the flat insert that was inside and just hung onto the cover. Next I matched up inserts to pillow covers to make sure I had the right sized inserts for a set of seasonal covers. I also hung onto pillows I liked that could be used in many seasons.

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I’ve always kept a big basket in my bedroom or another room (like the one above pictured in my old bedroom) to toss in extra pillows. A basket can work great as a way hold those accent pillows from the bed when you sleep or as a place to put your sleeping pillows when you make the bed.

But for seasonal pillows, I was excited for the day I would be organized enough to just switch the covers on the same set of quality pillow inserts at the end of the season. I love that one set of pillows can just stay on the furniture or beds and only the seasonal covers need to be stored (which obviously takes up a lot less room). It isn’t always easy to find new covers without inserts, but at least it helps to look for pillows that have zippers on the covers so you can more easily pare down and they’ll take up less space.

Do you have seasonal pillow issues or solutions? 

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