I’ve mentioned a lot recently as to how I always feel such a sense to nest at this time of year. There’s something about these closing months, and preparing for the Winter too, that makes me want to get the house in order, fill it with spiced scents and soft blankets, and batten down the hatches a little bit for the coming weeks. I’m always most content at home in the Autumn. There’s less of a push to be out ‘doing’ and a happiness in tiny, significant moments.
Completely on a whim, I decided to tidy out one of our larder cupboards on Saturday. It previously was the home of a million cook books (very rarely used!) as well as our toaster and any bread that we use on a daily basis. We have quite a big pantry just off our kitchen which we use to store extra food items, baking things and condiments, but lately it has taken to being used to dump school bags, logs for the fire and shoes. It’s driving me a bit crazy and is definitely on my to-do for Half Term week, but as a solution for the time being I thought I’d put together a little dedicated baking area for Eva. She is most definitely our resident creative in the kitchen, and I thought it would be handy for her to have all the main things she uses close to hand.
Glass jars: Mostly IKEA
Labels made using DYMO label maker
Candle: TK MAXX
We already had a selection of Kilner and other glass jars (I tend to buy these in IKEA as they are really affordable!) and I labelled them up properly using my Dymo labeller. Easily one of my all-time favourite things! 😉 We agreed to keep this cupboard for more of the every day essentials and store all of the other cake decorating things and cases elsewhere.
Eva is so delighted with her new area. She’s a girl after my own heart in that she loves an organised space, and anything that will ease her passage to baking us all the treats is always going to be top of my agenda! 🙂
A few more things I often do when organising a space…
- Make a list of the things that you feel are essential to stay in the space (or just pile them up in one area if you are clearing out a cupboard, for example!) Resist the tendency to hoard and if you don’t use it daily, move it!
- Be brutal with your declutter. If it hasn’t seen the light of day in six months it’s unlikely that you’ll be devastated if it goes. Release your inner Marie Kondo and give it away, sell it on or donate it to charity. We often use GumTree and Ebay to sell pieces, and donate to our local clothing bank and charity shops too.
- Change your wardrobe seasonally. Few of us have wardrobes big enough (or clothing collections small enough, ha!) to house everything all year round. I make the switch from Summer to Winter clothes and vice versa, twice a year. I store items that I don’t need in labelled suitcases in our loft, and bring them down when necessary. This goes for shoes and accessories and kids clothes too!
- Have a drawer of doom. It’s absolutely essential in every family home I feel. Dedicating a space to all the school notes, artwork, appointment letters and reward charts is one sure-fire way to know where that doctor’s letter is next time you need it. Andrew often rolls his eyes at me, but if we are at a loss to put our hands on something, it’s usually in there. When clutter works, eh?
- Baskets, boxes and jars. We’ve taken to saving jam jars this past few years and they have a million purposes for storage too. Loose school stationery, ribbons, hair bobbles – you name it, we’ve done it! Equally, boxes or baskets for shoes (this is my Half Term mission – to organise a shoe box for each of the kids!) or Winter accessories (55 single gloves anyone?) are a lifesaver, as are hooks on backs of cupboard doors for coats and bags.
I need to be practicing what I’m preaching a whole lot more, but when I’m good these are the rules I abide by. Determined to keep up the momentum this Autumn and sort out a lot of spaces in our home.
I’ll keep you posted!