As our summer travels are winding down, and we continue to work on our Mid Century Fixer Upper, a common theme keeps popping up, how can I make our new home functional for us at this stage in our lives? I started realizing that my ideal living situation would be for everything to have a designated place and to live clutter free. Marie Kondo and other organizational gurus make it look easy, but in our business we are constantly out picking and bringing home fresh finds. After fun days working in the shop or driving around Southern Indiana picking, it is easy to see how our current living space has filled up. For the first time in almost 20 years we will have a home separate from our workplace, and I really want to focus on utilizing the space as a clutter free zone. I am sure we will still bring some of our great finds into our new home, but I have started to ask myself, can I live clutter free?
With the addition of our Fixer Upper also came The Barn and one thing I know is that the more space you have, the more stuff you try to squeeze into it. Learning more about the roots of our Mid Century home and its style has led me to realize that we definitely style our shop in the farmhouse trend, and my challenge is always trying to add fresh finds without it looking cluttered. I will always love this style and all the collections and absence of space, but I also love the mid century style with sleek lines and open space. And remember how I talked about combining my love for these two styles? That is still my goal, and now I am adding in to make it clutter free.
I am looking for a peaceful balance in the style of our new home as well as in our life. When I imagine living a peaceful life, I imagine it clutter free. I know that we will always have new items coming in and old items selling, so I need the space organized in a neutral way to highlight our treasures. I already take the time to organize our shop and our home frequently, but I am trying to be proactive when designing our new home so that our living space remains clutter free and peaceful.
Regarding our Fixer Upper, I started with simple neutral colors because I know adding plants and décor is the fun part. As my style has evolved, I know the challenge will be not adding too many of the wonderful vintage I love. So I am writing it down, I will only pick the best of the best and you, and my husband 😉 , will have to hold me to it. I already have a collection of McCoy pottery planters, so I plan to keep a lot of my decor within this same color family so it is not overwhelming. Thinking about peace in our home, I also plan to create a space without a television, only music.
These are my challenges, so stay tuned to see how I accomplish this and how I overcome my struggle. Jeff has agreed on giving Laura Werner and I carte blanche on the upstairs as long as he has executive rights on the basement design. Fair trade in my opinion 🙂 As we finish each room, we will reveal it to you, so stay tuned because the kitchen reveal is coming up!
Please leave me your thoughts, comments or suggestions on how you live clutter free and any insights into how it brought you peace. I am hopeful that by planning ahead and being thoughtful regarding the design process I will accomplish my goal of living clutter free.