Thursday, November 29, 2018

Pillow management (Becoming Minimalist)

During the Summer, I visited a few favorite shops with friends.  I noticed that I am immediately drawn to less when it comes to furniture with pillows. I paid attention to what I seemed to move toward and every time without fail, it was the textures and neutral colors.  Girls, knowing yourself is awesome but sometimes you think you know yourself and yourself surprises you by being slightly different than you thought she was! 



It took me several weeks but I finally pulled out a few of the pillows in the mix around here (this room used to have eight total) and made some changes.  I like linen or wool textures in the summer, and I like to add in some furry or velvety ones as the weather cools.  (Then again, my big furry one stayed all year round last year and it was just comfy so it may stay forever) I treated myself to the chunky throw for my birthday last September and that is plenty on this comfortable sofa without adding another pillow (or two, as the case was).  I realized that not every corner needed pillows for people to just throw on the floor when they cluster around this space. (That's what company always does anyway... and I never minded, it's just, I wondered, what was the point.  They are useless if they aren't being used! You know?) Honestly, it's been nice not having so many pillows to manage daily!  The rearranging an fluffing... it gets old when you're wired like me and tend to do it nightly, before heading to bed. (Face palm) 


In this room, we have a total of four pillows and though there are five shown in these pictures, one got the axe after these photos had been taken, because I had been eying it for some time. It was made of feathers and so deflated after one person just slightly leans against it that it was driving me bonkers.  (Ain't nobody got time for that kind of high maintenance!). I even took a pillow off this chair above a few weeks ago, because it was always being pushed down behind the chair. Again. I am all about LOW maintenance in life these days, and that just wasn't making the cut. Just a small change, but one that has made a weirdly nice difference in my daily house arranging.  

So talk to me.  Are you a person with tons of pillows? Do your guest toss them on the floor too? 


7 comments:

  1. 2 pillows on my sofa and one thrown blanket....which even with just a couple they still end up on the floor!

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    1. So you're telling me that no matter how few we have.... they will always be on the floor with kids around? Haha!!! (I think I knew that... face palm!)

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  2. I have a question for you! I, too, like a clean/organized home and have been very inspired by your minimalism posts. I have pared down many things in our house and feel really good about the direction I’m headed in.

    However, we have a 2 year old, a 1 year old, and I am expecting again! I often get overwhelmed by the amount of toys, books, crayons, kids’ clothes, etc. that seem to pile up daily. While I know my days are busy, I still don’t want these years of motherhood to be be defined by constant housework/that feeling of never feeling “caught up.” I wish I could let it all go and just roll with it, but I am someone who’s days run smoother in a an uncluttered house.

    I know you don’t have small children anymore, but do you have any advice for me? :) Thank you.

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    1. Oh YES I really do!! Okay here goes. Really think through your kiddos toys. They do NOT need a lot because their imaginations are formed best by reconstructing play from simple objects so when birthdays and holidays come, you can gently alert family and friends that you want to make memories, have experiences and keep toys to a minimum. Suggest a few quality toy items, rather than hoards of new items. One thing I always did, was have a "capacity" for my kids toys. I decided what was a manageable amount for ME, then as more would come in for birthdays and such, I would often put older items up in a box and rotate them every four to six months, that way they didn't have everything out at once, yet would have fresh items regularly. I often re-gifted items that they wouldn't miss or had duplicates of, and if there was just too much, it was overwhelming to not only me, but also them so I was strict about it. I donated things that didn't get played with a lot. I donated items that I knew could bless another. I used cubby systems with bins and at the end of each night, we would work together to pick up all the items all over the carpet and tuck them away. It was just part of our routine and kids LOVE routine! It makes them feel safe... the benefit, is that this cleanup system, taught my kids how to work in small tasks, which I firmly believe grew into the ability to take care of their own rooms responsibly later, but it gave my husband and I some toy-free space each evening to enjoy. Your kids are too little, but once the begin school, they can also help with their own laundry and putting those items away with few clothing items, and simple storage systems. For example, I loved telling Ava, okay here is your stack of leggings, go put them into the cubby where leggings go. At age six, they can totally do this! Especially if you're involved and give them positive feedback for being such a great helper.

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  3. Love your sofa and pillows. I treated our home to two larger custom nice sofa pillows last February from a beautiful local small business #5908. Because of the cost, I told my husband they could be my Valentine's Day, birthday, and Mother's Day gift. Still enjoying them. Quality matters to me now. Have less. Have better.

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  4. We do not have extra pillows on the living room couch, but we do have 7 red & white pillows on our very large denim sectional in our teenagers' rec. room. The only time those are tossed on the floor is when we have such a large group of teens hanging out (like 20-30 teens) that they toss them on the floor to sit on our to lean against the couch when they sit in the floor. :)

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