Life on Elm Street – Getting Situated

Anne Weil of Flax & Twine Getting Situated at Home on Elm Street

Whew! I’m totally crazy getting situated in my new home on Elm Street. I thought the end of the school year was nuts. I wasn’t thinking about the fact that I’d be moving to a new house the first week after school let out.  I must blank out the pain of all those boxes every time I move, because I seem to forget exactly how painful it is until I’m unpacking again.

Anne Weil of Flax & Twine Getting Situated at Home on Elm Street

But I’m not going to show you all the messiness. I know there’s a lot of talk in the blog-o’sphere about being real. And, I AM telling you like it is – there are parts of this house that are a total disaster. Still, I don’t feel I need to photograph them to be authentic. I don’t like to look at the destruction zones myself. They depress me. All that’s left in those piles are the boxes that scream, “Hello!! I’m full of junky little stuff and where the hell are you going to put me?” I hate these boxes, but I’ve been picking through slowly but surely, getting situated.

Anne Weil of Flax & Twine Getting Situated at Home on Elm Street

When I get down and out about the boxes and the mess, I look around for the things that bring me joy. The way the light comes in the window, or the way old things look new again.

Anne Weil of Flax & Twine Getting Situated at Home on Elm Street

I take my camera around and try to get little snippets and pieces of things I think are beautiful and I feel better.  I look to the places that are organized beautifully.

Anne Weil of Flax & Twine Getting Situated at Home on Elm Street

Though I loved our rental house, we never got truly settled there.  Most of my work yarn and craft tools etc stayed in boxes in the garage which progressively got messier as I looked for things. Now, I have a dedicated studio in which to store all my things – and it is all getting situated nicely!

Anne Weil of Flax & Twine Getting Situated at Home on Elm Street

I also have a great corner to take photos. I don’t have to clear the dining room table just to take an instagram  (or more realistically, clear the dining table of all my schrapnel in order to have a place to eat!)

Anne Weil of Flax & Twine Getting Situated at Home on Elm Street

I am determined to get all the little things organized in this house as I think we’ll be here for a while (at least I’m hoping so). I know myself well enough to get all the little things done before I get working.

Anne Weil of Flax & Twine Getting Situated at Home on Elm Street

Once I start working, I am lost. I get so focused on getting work finished, I barely get the laundry done, let alone organize my craft tools, or the linen closet, or the camping stuff – ha!

Anne Weil of Flax & Twine Getting Situated at Home on Elm Street

I love watching my things disperse around a new house. Things that I didn’t really think of before, shine in this new place.

Anne Weil of Flax & Twine Getting Situated at Home on Elm Street

I love seeing the new light patterns and new little glory spots at different times of the day. Our new kitchen makes me very happy, though I miss the open shelves I had at the rental house. I’ve got great news about the counter stools, which you all gave me great advice about. I look forward to sharing that with you soon!

Anne Weil of Flax & Twine Getting Situated at Home on Elm Street

In the mean time, this little bench from West Elm has been a favorite roosting spot.

Anne Weil of Flax & Twine Getting Situated at Home on Elm Street

We’ve got all the main furniture pieces and rooms in place, though there are always thing you want to update or change over time. We’re loving the garage door in the living room, which makes us feel like we live partially outside.

Anne Weil of Flax & Twine Getting Situated at Home on Elm Street

Well, back to getting situated, . . . must . . . .get  . . . through . . . the  . . . boxes! Doesn’t it always feel like you need more storage space?  I’ll be back soon with some new projects.  I look forward to getting back to some making days soon!

  1. Oh. My, Gosh.
    You have written my life
    With BOXES,
    Too MUCHstuff
    NOT ENOUGH SPACE ??

    But, I, too, am getting the job done.

    Love your vignettes???

    Hugs,
    Gerry

  2. KinKin

    I love your new home! It is absolutely marvelous!

  3. Tatjana

    Dear Anne! I love it, you should post more photos soon! I love the garage door, everything actually!

    xoxoxo

  4. Susie

    Its my life too- I have space- sometimes a lot and a lot of things, I don’t know what to do with. They accumulate dust and sit in their places until the day a cleaning fit attacks me and even then, nothing gets done thoroughly. Love your yarn collection and your interest in DIY.
    Susie

    • Thanks Susie! I appreciate your comment! Good luck getting organized yourself!
      warmly, Anne

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