Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Small Space Living ~ Sharing Kindness through Organization

Sharing kindness  and helping someone to
organize their home is something
I love to do!
Today's post will be sharing the beginnings of this
new project I am helping a friend with and
that is organizing and redecorating
her small rv home.

Today I am joining
a wonderful group of bloggers
who are sharing their stories of kindness
with you, our readers, and those links are included
in this post below.
Please enjoy your visit with a warm cinnamon scone
and a hot cup of tea...

These two new pillows my friend loves!  Her favorite color is blue so that will be our main hue.

I have  a friend here where we live who has special needs and lives on her own however organizing her living spaces
is just not her forté.

She and I have been friends for a little over a year now and we walk together all the time and I help her with things
she may need from time to time.
I have helped by taking her to get groceries or driving her to the doctor, as a number of her other friends also do.
It is a privilege to be able to help in this way and it is really an honor to be able to use my organizing and decorating skills
to make her life more
functional and beautiful.

Begin by clearing out

My friend had already begun packing up things
she no longer needed and had outgrown in bags.
We continued some of this on our first day organizing.
Since she has lost a considerable amount of weight
she is excited to be receiving gently used clothing
from friends and finding new clothing at a few nicer local thriftshops.

We concurrently went through her kitchen pulling out
duplicate and unneeded items and talked about having everything you need to prepare meals and for baking everyday right where you cook and mix things.

We also discussed ways to organize the kitchen ~ by use and item.
You can see in the top photos we have begun putting all the
kitchen appliances in the cupboard above the tan chair.
Then we worked on putting paper goods and less needed
kitchen items together in that same area.

Reorganize and space planning

Since my friend has lost a considerable amount of weight she is excited to be receiving gently used clothing from friends and finding new clothing at a few of the nicer local thriftshops.
A mutual friend takes her out shopping about once a month
or so and they make a day of it by going out to lunch, too.

As we worked on purging those no-longer-needed clothing pieces
I spent time teaching my friend about hanging long items
together and about taking unrelated items out of each closet.

Small space living is the same whether one lives in a trailer,
a small cottage home or in a studio apartment.
Really organizing one's built-in cupboards and closets
is key to making our homes look and feel bigger!

Our Yoda shows an interest in helping clean and organize. 

Clean as you go

One of the biggest tips I can offer is to clean and wipe down
cupboards inside and out and the items going inside as you go through them.
Putting everything away all nice and clean makes a big difference in how we feel about ourselves and about our home!

Part of the fun  for us was just looking at what
my friend had and seeing things with fresh eyes!
Since there are only three small storage drawers in the kitchen which were meant for the silverware, some utensils and a few linens for wiping and washing dishes,
I showed my friend how to display her silverware in large
water glasses up on her counter along with an unused crock
to hold her utensils.
Just doing this gave us a free drawer to have the
ever-needed "junk drawer."

Repurpose closet spaces

Above her television is a perfect spot for my friend's jeans
casual pants that can be folded and t-shirts.
Here we will put in some foldable shelving to give her
better stacking ability.
This closet will probably hold other things as well
but she really needs clothes closet storage ~ 
her chief complaint with not being able to put
things away as she would like.

Store away non-used items

Christmas is just over for the year so we worked on
giving her a bigger storage box for her needs.
In this new box we were able to put in all of her blank
Christmas cards, wrapping paper and decorations
and ornaments as it was just the perfect size!
This box fit perfectly in her really unused storage area
on the outside of her trailer.
We will be storing more items there as we get further
into our reorganizing adventure.

Fixing up the bedroom will be here in the next few weeks.

To be continued…
I've been over one other day and we worked more on
putting things for donation out in my car
The next time we get together we will probably tackle
the bedroom closets and storage needs in there.

Here are some items we might need in my friend's home
that I began pricing when I picked up my own groceries
this past weekend.

Stay tuned!
Being kind and helping others is what I believe in.
I love my decorating and gardens but my heart is
firmly planted in helping others and especially friends
to achieve their dreams and goals, too.

Sharing with
Wow Us Wednesday ~ Savvy Southern Style
Hearth and Soul Linky ~ April J. Harris
Totally Terrific Tuesday ~ The Savvy Apron
Feathered Nest Friday ~ French Country Cottage
Thursday Favorite Things ~ Katherine's Corner

*An Update
My friend and I walk together and attend the same Bible
study, but we haven't really got back to more organizing
in her little trailer home.
I did share some organizational skills with her and we
took a bunch of outgrown clothes and other clothes
which were donated to her to the Salvation Army.
People at her church and here where we live give her
bags of clothes to sort through all of the time ~ one of
the problems she has with organizing.

So... with that, we will get back finishing organizing as
the weather cools off, hopefully!

Also  I'm resharing this post with
Spread the Kindness Link Up #80 ~ Shelby on the Edge

Thank you to - our hosts on today's
PERK  Project
{kindness the last in the series}
Jemma and Stacey

Here are all of the ladies sharing their 
posts with you:

Jemma ~ At Home with Jemma
Discovering Kindness on a Yellow School Bus

Stacey ~ Poofing the Pillows

Throwing Kindness Like Confetti

Jeanie ~ The Marmalade Gypsy
When Kindness Brings Tears

Kris ~ Junk Chic Cottage
PERK Project and Kindness

Lavender Dreams
The Give Way of Life

Cindy ~ County Road 407
Serve and In Turn You Are Served

Tammy ~ Patina and Paint
The PERK Project

Terri ~ Our Good Life
One Word ~ Kind

Carol ~ Bluesky At Home
How to Write Your How for Your Why

Stay kind, always,

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