Display a WHAT? Perhaps you've heard the word "tschotske" used before - if not, Wikipedia defines it as "a small bauble or miscellaneous item", not a clever take on my last name as I originally thought :)
Meet Harry Coconut. Minus the hair he is kind of creepy, In fact, my daughter used to turn his face to the wall when she was watching TV alone so he wouldn't stare at her. Where did Harry come from? My husband got a tropical drink served in him on a family trip to the Florida Keys. He loves him. Not quite the look I was going for when decorating our family room, but everybody has a say in what lives there. So, what to do with creepy Harry Coconut? I was stumped for years, and he spent a lot of time facing the wall, until learning about air plants from the lovely ladies at Brown Eyed Susans in Pelican Rapids.
Now Harry's look has changed from creepy to funny, and it makes me smile every time I walk by. Plus the air plant is easy to take care of and helps keep the air clean!
I'm pretty sure ALL of us have tschotskes sitting around that this would be fun to do with. One could also make a display using a piece of inherited glassware from Grandma or other sentimental piece instead of having the whole china cabinet jammed full of unused dishes. Less is more, and showcasing one piece vs a whole cupboard tends to catch our eye and be easier to maintain.
Do you have a unique way you've displayed or cherished a single tschotske? Please comment below - we'd love to hear from you!
Ever walk into a room with the intention of getting it organized, start moving things around but never really make a decision on what to actually DO with the stuff? Organizers call that "churning", or shuffling things from one place to another. It can be anxiety producing and lead to frustration - expending energy but not achieving organization.
How do we avoid churning? There are multiple methods, but I'm going to share my two favorites - hula hoops and white sheets. Personally I like the saying "Aim Low and Overachieve" - sometimes I modify it to just ""Aim Low and Achieve" and both these tools help us do that. For example, we want to organize our entire craft room....that's a very large goal. To avoid churning, we are going to lay a hula hoop on a horizontal surface and only deal with what is within its circumference. Being confined to that space not only helps set an achievable goal, but it is much less overwhelming than organizing the entire room. Once we've made decisions on what is inside the hula hoop we can move it and repeat the process.
Next week I'll explain how I use a white sheet to organize. Stay tuned!
P.S. Can you hula hoop? I can't! But, it's on my bucket list to learn how.
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