Today I’ve been invited by Kathy of Bliss Beyond Naptime to share a spot in my home that I have lovingly lavished a simple, less cluttered serenity to.
A spot that I love because of its simplicity and its reflection of a feeling I cherish.
I love things that remind me of a place in time, a mood, a person. Being transported back in time by a color, shape, or scent of an object is a magical gift, and one I hold dear. I don’t keep a lot of extra objects around my home, but each piece that is there speaks to a cherished memory.
Everything is here for a reason.
When I look at what I lovingly refer to as my Stash Cabinet, I am reminded of a time where life was pretty simple.
This cabinet reminds me of a carefree drive up the New England coast with my sweetie. We were living in Connecticut at the time, and loved to explore the area on day trips.
We were meandering along, checking out beaches, fried fish stands, and flea markets when we stumbled upon a promising craftsman. He was selling furniture pieces made from rehabed doors, windows, and other architectural remnants. I had never thought about needing an entire piece of furniture devoted to my yarn, but as soon as I saw this, I knew I would soon have one.
It seemed extravagant, optimistic, and unneccessary. And yet I knew it was right for a number of reasons.
Buying this piece of furniture was an outward commitment that honored my creative self and my love affair with knitting. I now had a dedicated space for those treasures I had been collecting.
Wherever we go, I know my yarn has a home, and my heart has a place to daydream.
There’s almost nothing happier to me than a skein of yarn; all that unwound potential just sitting there, waiting to become whatever you dream.
Each skein of yarn in my Stash Cabinet has a story to tell. Precious skeins picked up on vacation. Yarn bought when I was celebrating something or consoling myself during a difficult time. There’s yarn I’ve received as gifts, in swaps, and in yarn clubs. I remember the story behind each skein, and that is only the beginning.
Once I choose a yarn to work with, its potential is unwound and worked up into a new piece that will have its own story to tell. And because I have this lovely Stash Cabinet, I have a place to store all that potential. A place that also reminds me of our time spent living in New England. Of the days when my stash fit into a shoe box.
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Kathy is the Mama Bliss Coach and Simplicity Parenting Group Leader over at Bliss Beyond Naptime. She offers online Simplicity Parenting workshops for each of the four levels of simplifying found in this epic, must-have parenting book: the Environment, Rhythm, Scheduling and Filtering.
Starting September 16th, Kathy’s offering a group study of the environment module so you too can design a home that echoes your carefully chosen values while exuding peace and harmony.
Kathy is also thrilled to offer one our readers a copy of the book Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne, because really, it’s a must-have. This book blew her Mama mind in a good way and she hopes the same thing happens to yours! Simply leave a comment on this blog post by Friday 9/20/13 and you’re entered to win.