Keeping certain areas free and clear of erroneous ‘junk’ is my way of having control over a few things, and keeping peace in my home (and soul). I’ve reclaimed that peace with a set of mini sliding barn doors.
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I have this thing where most of my surfaces have to be free of clutter – dining room table, kitchen table, island, counters. The playroom and living room are a different story. They are perpetual states of unrest. Pretty decor mixed with hot wheels, crackers, baskets, and rogue pillows.
This is life. 3 kids under 8 is clutter, crazy, and full of PBJ crust. However, I know what looms on the teenage horizon, so I shall roll with it until I cannot roll any longer.
I have come to terms with this state for 7 years now. Keeping certain areas free and clear of erroneous ‘junk’ is my way of having control over a few things, and keeping peace in my home (and soul). After reading At The Picket Fence’s Peace-Filled Home series, I realize it is not the perfectly clutter-free and spotless home that brings peace, because that stresses me out – it’s unattainable here. It’s not the totally messy house where we just throw caution to the wind and whip out the paints and play doh on the rug either; just the thought gives me hives. The sweet spot is in the middle for us, and like most people, I think. Vanessa has taught me that self-care and knowing what to let go of, is key, and I can’t even tell you how right she is.
I know I’m supposed to be talking about the mini sliding barn doors, and trust me I will.
In learning to control what I can, I have taken possession of my usual ‘clutter free zone’ spaces: the kitchen (at the very least, the counters, island, and table, while I choose to over look the random hot wheels tracks coming from the pantry), and the cubbies in the living room.
The cubbies in the living room. Thank you, Ikea, for the chaotic before photo.
So these cubbies – there are 16 of them. SIXTEEN. The lower 8 have baskets of toys, while the upper 8 had decor pieces in them, books, random stuff the kids move around. In my quest to simplify this entire house (for my sanity), I have realized there’s no relaxing space for my eyes to rest (like the counters and tables in the kitchen).
The visual nature of those cubbies puts me over the edge when they’re empty, let alone decorated.
National Hardware let me try out their mini barn door slider hardware, and the very first thing I thought to do with them, was to build 2 small sliding barn doors to cover 4 of the cubbies. Keep in mind, one kit works for one door, so we needed to use two kits for the pair of door stops and straps.
Visual relaxation, my friends.
I cannot even begin to tell you how much I love having these doors, they’re perfect. I only decorate (I use that term really, really loosely) 2 cubbies, and have some of our books in the other 2. You can make your own blanket ladder, and you can see the entire coffee table we made from a salvaged shutter and hairpin legs. The majority of these decor items can be found in my Amazon shop, including most of the books!
The kids books are behind the one sliding barn door, and the other slider door hides 2 empty cubbies.
This hardware is so adorable in mini form, and the doors Andrew built are nice and simple, and I stained them to closely match the baskets. The sliding barn doors hardware was straight forward and quick to install, I think it really only took an hour at most. We had to add a spacer so the thicker doors would lay properly on this giant cubby situation. Even still, it probably took me longer to mix the stain than it did to fit the doors and hang the hardware.
In the spirit of simplicity and peace, I’ve been hoarding (literally) salvaged doors from some shack my mom and I stopped by, I plan to use them to wall-off the playroom. Andrew is not super excited for that project, at least he doesn’t seem pumped… I wonder if it’s because we are going to have to do all sorts of modifications to the doorway to make the slider work because the doorway and entry are funky?
But, if I can reclaim my entry in the name of peace, then we’re going for it.
I mean, no one wants to trip on whatever contents are spewing from that room, right?