This past Christmas I found some cute pillow covers at a craft mart. I thought the red chevron pattern would pop with my red living room curtains. Because I guestimated the size of the couch pillows the covers did not fit. However, I had a couple of pillows in the basement that were the right size. The look turned out ok. It was still not what I hoped for. Now I had four ugly floral pillows, two teal and brown striped pillows, and two red chevron striped pillows in the living room. Also, add in another pillow I bought from a friend who makes custom pillows. Is this insane or what?!
My three year old son and dog loved the pillow situation. Pillows were usually all over the floor or stacked high on the couch. My living room was not going to found in Southern Living. More like Goodwill. I tried putting away the ugly floral pillows. There were still a lot of pillows to put back in place everyday. Then, I found the dog chewing up one of the corners of my red pillows. I was mad. Mad at the dog and mad at the pillows.
While picking up all of these pillows a thought occurred to me. I had been trying to get the "right" pillows to make my living room look "right", all the while failing to remember that I don't like clutter. Or throw pillows. Which are clutter when you have kids. Therefore, all pillows, except the one my friend made, have been put away in storage. I will not fight the battle of the pillows anymore. I won! It may not seem like much but in my world this decision has made a positive change in my day.
I hope this post inspires you to get rid of some of the pillows, knick-knacks, and other decorating clutter in your home. We should surround ourselves with beautiful treasures that we love. Don't waste time and space on things you don't like, even if it was a gift. Life is too important. Make yours simple. I will be glad to help you.