Things have been a little hectic around here the past couple of weeks. We thought that a cross country move might have to be made quickly, and I started to see our house through a prospective buyer's eyes. (yikes!) Nothing like trying to sell a house to help us see our familiar spaces with fresh perspective! Down came the pictures from the fridge...all the personal decor quickly became "excess".
These experiments with less are an exercise meant to help us step back + see with new eyes (no move necessary)...to explore a few unconventional ways of thinking...and to recognize "enough". They are not meant to convince us we have too much or to make us feel that we have to get rid of things...though that might happen. ;)
Step 1 :: Let's get all of our kitchen decor into one place. Take each decorative thing off the wall, off the fridge, off the shelves, out of the cupboards + put it onto the table or the floor in one group.
It can be a little tricky to judge whether some things should be considered decor rather than useful items in the kitchen, because we like to use items that could be useful as decor here. I'd encourage seeing things as decor if they are not ever (or very rarely) used for their possible purposes. A collection of salt + pepper shakers is decor (minus the one set that is used for salt + pepper). Those two extra cutting/cheese boards leaning up against the backsplash are decor, if they've only been used once for that one party. Vases + candles are decor even though they have useful purposes.
If I wanted my kitchen to feel clean + serene, I might ensure that each + every thing has a place behind closed doors in a cupboard. A favorite herb might suffice as decor.
If I leaned toward warm + cozy, I might find that the warm colors of spices + bulk ingredients displayed in their glass jars on open shelving provided beautiful, useful decor. My wooden cutting board could stand on the counter at the ready. I might choose to display my wooden bowl, ceramic mugs + a stack of tea towels on open shelving as well.
Choosing basic, useful items that lend themselves to the feel we want in our kitchens may come naturally or it may take some extra intention. This is not an exercise meant to inspire shopping, but this recognition might help inform future tea towel (or other necessary) replacement acquisitions.
Clear the counters + find places for things...or...take the doors off of a cabinet in order to make room for display. (The doors can always be put back on.)
This is an experiment, so maybe choose to live with a little less decor for a month.
If you'd like to display one beautiful piece of artwork on the fridge per child, choose a special magnet + let each child pick which one to display. Let them know that you love their artwork + if they want to display a new piece of art, it can replace this one.
You get to choose what you like to have in your kitchen. (You know...to a certain extent.) Every wall doesn't have to have a picture on it. Maybe live without one there for a while + observe how it feels. "Naked" might turn into "spacious" or "calm" in a week. Observe the feels.
Step 7 :: Set aside any extra decor pieces to reassess in a month.
Find our other experiments with less in the kitchen here: 01, 02, 03, 04 + 06.