I’ve had the January bug. I don’t know if that’s a real thing or not. But I’ve read so many blogs throughout this month with New Year promises to live more simply, to re-organize, to (insert your own goal right here)… that honestly, I was inspired. And I think that is a wonderful thing. If we at Hey Little Birdie do nothing else in this little corner of the internet, my hope is that we inspire you to authentically embrace where you are in life and to share that with others around you. Transparency and community are two compelling concepts; they have the power to change your life.
So, I’ve been tweaking things around my house… in an effort to clear spaces and consequently to clear my head. It’s been a little chaotic in both.
In full disclosure, I thought I would share some of these with you. Keep in mind; it is nothing earth-shattering. I would have to charge for gems like that. Instead, they are simple fixes that are (1) helping me, (2) letting you in a bit, and (3) maybe something you could use too. As Pam on The Office would say, it’s a “Win-Win-Win”.
First, I’ve finally created a proper workspace for me. Yay! There is this odd corner in our kitchen that is too big for nothing and too small for a table. So, I added an extremely small desk that I bought at a vintage shop not far from my house.
Side note: If you live in Phoenix, there are some amazing vintage/antique shops in the midtown/uptown area of Phoenix. I never knew this when I lived in the burbs, but so far one of my favs is Lizabel’s Treasures on 16th Street. They have reasonable prices and some of their vendors have amazingly consistent collections.
My desk is slightly mid-century and perfect for this space. I have some major tweaking still to do on the frame arrangement on the wall (now that I stare at it everyday), but I’m pretty happy. Plus it’s right by a window so I get beautiful natural light there. Creating a space (even if it is small) can be incredibly grounding. All of a sudden I feel more productive, more organized, and an all around better person (okay maybe that last point is taking it a bit far).
Another fix was to make the most of Lyla’s closet storage. See, like many kids in America, she received a small village’s worth of Christmas presents this year. Top that with a late in the year birthday, and I was starting to feel overtaken with pink and plastic-y madness. So, I found a spare rod tucked in a corner of her closet (why had I never seen it before remains a mystery to me), and I decided to hang a couple of baskets from it. One for shoes and another for accessories. Yes, we’ve entered that stage where Lyla now requires accessories. My baby is a baby no more. Anyway, this opened up other storage around the room for toys that were collecting… well, basically everywhere. And this solution is cute to boot.
That’s it for me, this week at least. I’ve noticed because of little successes like this, I’ve taken on more. So, who knows maybe I will be back with other things next week. Until then, tell me what you’ve been tweaking… or wanting to tweak… or dreaming of someday potentially tweaking with no pressure of actually completing. Trust me, I get it.
p.s. Sorry about the poor picture quality. I’m still trying to learn how to use a real camera in differing light and all that technical stuff that still eludes me.