Sometimes it's the Small Things

Sometimes, I need big changes in our home in order to feel like things are more efficient or make more sense. Furniture rearrangement. Cupboard space reassignment. Room purpose re-examination. But, other times, it's the very smallest of changes and additions around the house that have made my life easier and helped to bring a more rhythmic flow to our days.

While I was still pregnant I read Unstuff Your Life, a book about home organization. Usually, books like this make me chuckle. None of them really say anything new and they seem to have the sole purpose of distracting me from actually organizing my home. When I was little and was instructed to clean my room I used to read this book from cover to cover. And proceed to not make any progress on cleaning my room. It was far more fun just to plan out how to do the picking up rather than to actually do it. But, Unstuff Your Life reminded me of the obvious: if an object doesn't have a home, you can never put it away. So many of these small changes have to do with creating a home for things. A place to where they could always return and I can always find them. Other small changes are about carving out the space to have what I need close at hand when my hands are full of baby.


Right by the front door, I finally hung a hook for the sling. I always need it whenever I leave the house. I'm usually wearing it when I return and when I would take it off it would end up on the kitchen table. On the floor. By the changing table. Then, I would forget to take it with me on our next outing. Now it has a home and is also a gentle reminder to get out of the house everyday, if only just to walk around the yard.


Similarly, my keys have never had a home. I was in the habit of always putting them in roughly the same place on the kitchen counter, but it seemed that whenever I needed them right now, they were hiding out under some dirty dishes or a bunch of bananas and refused to be found. So I set up a little key station right by the front door. My cell phone goes here too. Now that I spend most of my time at home, I often miss calls because I can't hear the ring when the phone is in the diaper bag. Always putting it here helps me to treat it more like a house phone, which I like.


Awhile ago now, I followed the lead of a good mama friend and made some key adjustments to my diapering station and my life has, literally, been changed for the better. By adding a hot water thermos and a bar of olive oil soap, I no longer have to stand in front of the sink waiting for the water to get warm while holding a crying baby in the middle of the night in order to prepare the cloth wipes. This was a game changer when Silas was a couple months younger and the weather was colder. We do fewer diaper changes at night now and with the hot weather I figure he might enjoy a little coolness on his bottom. But this is still a useful set-up for me and makes cloth diapering just that much easier.


There used to be only a rattle or two in this little toy basket. It's a bit overflowing now as we've gathered a few more things for Silas to play with and to chew on. I wanted a place for all of his toys to go that was portable enough to come with us to whichever room's floor we were exploring that day. And it makes for quick and easy clean up at the end of the day. Everything in the basket.

It's good to appreciate the small things, I think.

8 comments:

  1. I love rearranging my home, even if it's just a shelf on the bookcase. It always makes me feel better and brightens my day. Have a wonderful 1st day of August! xx

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  2. Creating little stations and cubbies like these has always been my favorite part of keeping house. That diapering station idea with a hot water thermos is brilliant! I'm going to have to start shopping for a nice thermos!

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  3. Ah, organizing! I could use a little of that around here. Never ends, huh! Love the sling hook.

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  4. I love to rearrange and make things run smoother!! We have a bowl for our keys too. We started that about 20 years ago. It eliminates looking for them :D

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  5. I've got to have a home for my keys - in fact, as of right now, they are lost! This is the wake-up call I need.

    I'm going to have to get Unstuff Your Life. My life could use a little unstuffing!

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  6. I need a home for my keys and phone! Luckily my kiddos have never minded the cool wipes on their bums. I just mix up a solution and keep it in a tupperware so it is at room temp. The "hot wipes" bar looks so fancy!

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  7. I love getting organized! It feels so great to rediscover a wasted space or tidy a lost corner. In getting our room ready for baby we (uh, Dan) moved things around and I love it in there now. Such a peaceful place.

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  8. what great ideas! it motivates me to make some small changes. one problem we have is books. there are so many (and i have actually gotten rid of tons over the last year). i have shelves and baskets.... but the library books get mixed in.... i need to figure that one out.

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