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[QUOTE=youngspiritmom;15835812]Hey Mamas,
Thanks for the great replies!! Haha, I'm sorry I confused everyone with the whole stove light thing. For me, I love the light above the stove on the lowest level on at night. It's what my mom used to do -- after dinner she would clean the kitchen, everyone would be bathed and in pajamas, and the kitchen would be "closed" for the night (lights off, dishes way) except the stove light on in case anyone wanted to grab a drink of water, snack, or had to be up in the middle of the night -- that way the whole house was not dark. When my DH is travelling I leave the stove light on at night when I sleep...it kind of makes me feel safer in my home. Not sure why. It kind of gives off the type of light that a fireplace/hearth would in a sense (though not nearly as nice as firelight, I will admit), although I concede that it is an energy waster.End Quote/

I was a guest at my friend's aunts house and she had little lamps in each bathroom that sat on footstools, chairs, or a small nook. She had a large home on a hill away from the city and those dinky little lamps made a big difference in the cozy feel. She also left a stereo on downstairs ..very low and played old school tunes like Ella Fitzgerald. She had unusual soapdishes like tea saucers and flower pot saucers with good smelling soaps. I am too chicken to put a lamp in my bathrooms because my kids would probably knock them over.

I put regular bed pillows and small lightweight blankets on my couches ..and I have two huge pillows on the floor that should be tossed out because look worn , but everyone always grabs them and lays on the floor so I just keep them. We have two puppies and I don't want them on the furniture ..so people will nestle on a pillow and snuggle the pups.
post #23 of 42
The most important thing for me is tons of family photos. I have very little interest in 'art' but I have 11tybillion pictures of my family on every wall in the house. And by 'family' I mean our extended chosen family and extended bio-family in addition to the way too many snapshots of our first daughter.
post #24 of 42
for me, a stark minimalist in a lot of ways, throw blankets and warm/dim lighting (including candles).
post #25 of 42
I do the light over the sink at night. Sometimes my DH comes home really late or leaves really early and he appreciates the fact the light is still on for him, like he hasnt' been forgotten or something. I usually try to stay awake or wake up for him but its not always possible (like when he gets home at midnight and has to leave by 4) so its the second best thing. I also leave him a cool drink and plate of food in the fridge most of the time if I know he is going to be home late/have to leave early so he doesn't go hungry. I know hes a grown man and can get his own food but hes so exhausted by the time he gets home a lot of the time that he rather just crash then fix himself something to eat. I don't want anyone in the family going hungry.

For me I like pictures up in the house. Either of family or places that are really important to us or that we have visited. I try to take a couple nice pictures of whereever we visit and hang them around. Its good for conversations as well. We live in a different country than most of our family so we also like having pictures up for our girls so they can see and be reminded of family we rarely get to visit.

This is probably bad to say but my husband is gone ALOT and I actually like it when hes home and we have his uniform blouse thrown over a chair or his boots by the front door. Its kind of like a sign that hes home and safe. It actually helps me sleep better at night. I know sad but since January hes been gone 3 seperate times for 1-2 months at at time, doesn't sound bad except it adds up. I also like the kids art work on the fridge, stuffed animal on the couch etc as long as its not to much. I like things clean but I don't like it when it looks like a show house instead of like someone lives there.
post #26 of 42
our over the stove microwave light has a setting called "nightlight". It gets used every single evening. Once the kitchen is cleaned and everyone is in down mode it is on. Its something every woman in my family has done for several generations.

Also not sure it got mentioned but a nice clean bathroom room. I like just a bottle or two of shampoo and soap in the shower. And I like sinks and tub to be shiny clean.

Also I make my bed before I get in it at night if I haven't in the am. I like the fresh sheet feel. And of course the best sheets evah are line dried in the sunshine.

Baking smells are nice.

One lady on here said one time even if her house isn't the greatest of clean, she fills the sink with warm soapy water and a drop or two of tea tree oil. It just smells clean and lifts the air. Ive tried that and found I am apt to keep the kitchen neater that way.
post #27 of 42
Okimom I think that is lovely about the uniform.

mommaof3boz I love that idea of the tea tree oil in the sink, I must try that.
post #28 of 42
wombatclay, you reminded me that we used to have a light strand draped on our dining room window at our previous house-- BC (before children). I bought these multicolored translucent chili pepper shaped things that fit over the little white lights, and in my decluttering this summer I found them again. I loved having that up!

I think allthe things I would suggest have been said, but I'm enjoying reading this thread-- has me thinking about how I want things to be now that my purging is winding down
post #29 of 42
Thread Starter 
Hey ladies,
Here's a wonderful article I found about how to have a minimalist home.
Hope you enjoy (and maybe fantasize a little....) about having a completely clutter-free home.

http://zenhabits.net/a-guide-to-crea...nimalist-home/
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post #31 of 42
Fresh flowers, plants, candles, throw blankets and DD's artwork on the fridge.

I my little red lamp in the kitchen. I always have that on and a vanilla candle burning.
post #32 of 42
Great post! I am still struggling with this after being in my new home for a year. I just don't have that home decorating gene...my walls are mostly bare. As is my mantle. I don't have any ideas of what would go well together, and don't really have time to do shopping. (Plus, I'm cheap). At least I got some couch pillows and hung curtains in the dining room! But I think my house could be soooo much better...I will need to take up some of these suggestions. The lighting is a big one.
post #33 of 42
Loving this thread. I think the biggest thing is that the place be (relatively) clean and uncluttered. I hate my home when it's a mess, everything seems cheap and I can't get anything done or relax. When it's neat, I love my home, it seems like such a great place to be and I can think clearly. We are so busy, it's such a struggle to keep it clean, but when we succeed it's wonderful.

I like soft yellow light, the kind that old light bulbs have- I was so excited when I found CFL's that came in yellow light instead of that cold white! We don't have a light over our stove, but I attached a string of Christmas lights to the bottom of our kitchen cabinets, to provide extra light, but it's also really pleasant in the evening when the rest of the lights are off. You can't see them unless you are actively looking for them because I've placed them flush with the trim.

I love well chosen pictures of friends and family, easily accessible blankets, good books, framed art made by my husband or myself. I don't mind (a few) toys strewn across the floor as they remind me of my daughter, but really, just one or two. Real wood furniture is nice. I like less plastic out in my living space. We use plastic, it's useful, but while we use rubbermaid storage bins in our closets, I like to have natural baskets for my daughters toys.

I think that the empty spaces are just as important as those filled with things or art, there needs to be some empty surface for you to rest your eyes on. That's part of the needing things to be uncluttered- it's just more mentally restful.
post #34 of 42
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Originally Posted by T-man's Mama View Post
Great post! I am still struggling with this after being in my new home for a year. I just don't have that home decorating gene...my walls are mostly bare. As is my mantle. I don't have any ideas of what would go well together, and don't really have time to do shopping. (Plus, I'm cheap). At least I got some couch pillows and hung curtains in the dining room! But I think my house could be soooo much better...I will need to take up some of these suggestions. The lighting is a big one.
I've got something great (and free) going on on the mantle right now. We found some sticks fallen from the trees outside, and we put them in a clear glass vase (you could use a jar) with some shiny stones at the bottom (you can even used dried beans). It looks lovely and seasonal - a fall stick bouquet lol! Next to that we found a few smooth stones and stacked them - very zen. We also put 3-4 pine cones in a row, and then a small bowl of fall colored leaves. It looks peaceful and homey, and gotta love the nature .
post #35 of 42
I have thought about this thread here and there. When I look at pictures of homes for inspiration I often feel that they are just magazine homes or model homes. Pretty, nice and new , but not real lived in.

I came across this blog http://thriftydecorchick.blogspot.co...mily-room.html

the other day and I realized that I really like mismatched furniture which is surprising since I am always feeling like my own stuff is a hodge podge of junk that doesn't match. I think I am going to embrace that because it feels homey. Dh's grandma gives us a bunch of stuff every time we go visit and I used to loathe it..but lately I have been saving some of it. Her bright colored hats hang on my bathroom wall. They are too fancy for my taste , but we have pictures of her dancing in them before her stroke. Grandpa gave us a dutch oven that belonged to his mother. It is over 85 years old. I am trying to find a way to put it on display in our house. We would only use it camping and we have another new one from Cabellas. I am craving stuff with history. It is still fun if you don't know the history of a item..you can try to imagine what stories it would tell.
post #36 of 42
Framed pictures and art on the walls, throw blankets, candles, decorative clocks. I'm not a plant or nick nack person, I prefer bare horizontal spaces that are easy to clean Except during the holidays when I go a little crazy, lol.

I recently saw this and thought it would be a great way to get some color on the walls that you could easily change up on a whim, or to match holiday decorations.
post #37 of 42
Quilts made by my husbands great grandmother and mine.

Our old hardwood floors with all their dings and dents.

Knowing that our home built in 1904 has standing throughout a hundred years of history. The women before me who cooked, canned, sewed, knitted, rocked, raised babies in this house just like Im doing.

Soft lighting in the corners of the room.

A huge oak kitchen table that seats 10 which means I can fill my kitchen with friends and family.

Soft earthy tones of paint on the walls.

Knowing we have a pantry full of food and a freezer full too.

The smell of clean laundry, folded neatly.

Sheets, hung out on the line with their sunshine smell, when I climb in bed at night.
post #38 of 42
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by mommaof3boz View Post

The smell of clean laundry, folded neatly.

Sheets, hung out on the line with their sunshine smell, when I climb in bed at night.
This is so sweet. I don't know why, but it warmed my heart when I read it. It just made me feel like you are a good mom.
post #39 of 42
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This is so sweet. I don't know why, but it warmed my heart when I read it. It just made me feel like you are a good mom.
Thank you. I do my best, but always have room for improvement like everyone does. Thank goodness for places like MDC so moms have a safe haven to learn and grow.
post #40 of 42
Most important things for me are art on the walls and a few beautiful pieces of glass that I love. I like to keep most surfaces clear but I feel like bare walls are too sterile.
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