I don’t know about you, but when I see articles like “How to Style Shelves” or “Add Dimension to Your Decor” I pretty much see clutter, clutter, clutter. It’s appealing when I see it in magazines or other blogs, but it’s not what my reality is. I don’t actively style anything in my home because I just see it as more time and work to dust and clean!
With that in mind, I realized one thing I consistently “styled” over and over were throw pillows on the couch. It was crazy how much time I kept picking up the pillows that were tossed on the floor, or in other instances, the rest of the couch cushions:
Everything looked extra pretty with all the pillows, but I’m kind of embarrassed to admit how much time I spent just picking up the pillows EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. Especially when I pride myself on being smart with my “productivity” time!
Plus, I get really uncomfortable when other people who are not my family use my throw pillows as head pillows. It’s pretty much guaranteed if you use my throw pillows they are going to be in the wash after you leave. But…if you do use my pillows, at least you know they are clean! 😉 (Yes, I am crazy.)
I took away the throw pillows for a couple of weeks to see how we did. The couch looked a little “naked” but the reality is that we weren’t using the 8+ pillows enough to warrant 8+pillows on the couch. (Typing 8+ pillows also makes me realize how clutter-y feeling it is for me!) Most of the time the pillows were either on the floor because no one was using them or they were piled at the end of lounging section of the couch.
After a couple of weeks, I realized that I missed having pillows to use as a iPad “lap table” or for propping up books that I read with my kids. Right now I’ve brought back 3 pillows. It’s just enough for us and what we need to use it for.
Right now I’m keeping the rest of the throw pillows in our closet (still doing some purging/reorganizing). To be determined if they’ll make the final cut in my decluttering phase!
What do you think of throw pillows? Big fan? Do you use your throw pillows or are they more like decor for you?