just you wait!

his christmas gift to her was a surprise. tickets to see The Nutcracker, at The Fox Theatre.

while we watched madison  perform with the atlanta ballet for a couple seasons in the production as a little girl, there’s something extra romantic about going to a ballet, as a young adult, with your sweetie. all dressed up no less.

at this point ( when the pictures were taken) savannah didn’t know where they were headed.they both had just returned home from kosovo after spending 10 days traveling and serving the people there by delivering the christmas shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child.

as savannah drove off sunday, heading back to the sorority house, i was once again bittersweet in my thoughts. aren’t i always? she’s always been fiercely independent. that’s awesome. she’s confident and happy. bright & a leader amongst her friends. always thinking and planning ahead, yet fully in the moment. that’s a quality i wish i had myself.

she continues to have awesome opportunities where the lord orchestrates people and connections in her life ( i’ve shared a couple here, here, here,  & here )…all the while weaving together her next step. as her mom, i totally love having a front row seat and watching these things unfold.

but each time she leaves i’m reminded she’s yet another step closer to becoming fully independent and moving on…

now let me make this clear. i’m not an emotionally needy person. i’m not a homebody nor am i trying to hoard my girls in the basement in an attempt to keep them away from the world. sometimes i just wonder what part of the world my girls will go.

i thoroughly enjoy parenting at this stage. well except for the distance part. i love to hear her opinions on things. i love to hear her explain what the lord’s doing in her life and what he’s teaching her. i love to hang out while she & bailey chat and speak in their hilarious british accents. i love it that she tells me she wants a new bag for christmas and says, just get whatever you like mom, i’m sure i’ll like it if you do. i love it that i love her boyfriend and her best friends. i love having her and caroline perform an impromptu medley from Les Mis. and i love it that she’s on fire for the lord and wants her friends to know Him too.  that she wants precious children in an almost 100% muslim country know Him too.

she made some super cute thank you cards for the friends that supported her and made her trip possible. allow me to add her words from the card:
“i wish i could fully communicate how grateful i am for all your support and prayers! the ten days i spent in kosovo were absolutely incredible and i never would have gotten there without your help.

working primarily as servants with berat & valdete, the local believers, my team helped deliver around 7,000 shoeboxes to the children and all the way up to the top of the kosovar mountains.

we met with groups of highschool students, taking part in their bible studies and praying over their ministries.

our time was unforgettable and full of fruitful interactions.

god is doing big things in kosovo and i am so blessed to have played a tiny part. i am ever grateful for your generosity and prayers!”

i never had a world vision, much less a heart for the world at 19. that’s one of the biggest regrets i have….

well, i have no excuse now. i am growing a heart for the world. and i have a child who’s growing into someone i wish i could be when i grow up myself. and that my friends, is the highlight of parenting. if you’re in the drowning in diapers stage, or frustrated with a strong willed toddler or a middle schooler that just started acting like they don’t like you anymore. hang in there. they’ll come around and they’ll grow up and do awesome things. and change their world. that’s what you’re raising mama, a future leader of the next generation. they’ll change the world….”just you wait”!!!

in the immortal words i’ve shared with some long time blog readers, but this time with a positive twist…..“just you wait” !

~~~

ps….if you want to pray for a modern day world changer, somewhat like Paul in the new testament, pray for berat and his beauitful wife valdete. they most certainly are changing their world!

~~~

Direct your children onto the right path,
    and when they are older, they will not leave it

proverbs 22. 6

 

January 8, 2013 - 9:46 pm

Sheila - I know how you feel. My son is currently in Chicago teaching in the inner city with Teach for America and will start Medical School this fall. He won’t be here in our hometown and that makes me sad, but I am fiercely proud of him and know he is going to do great things for the world. This is my absolutely favorite stage of parenting and it IS exciting to see our kids grow and contribute. Knowing our kids love us and need us, but can be the orchestrators of their own lives and be independent makes it all so worthwhile!

January 8, 2013 - 9:52 pm

Pam - You have a lot to be proud of as a Mother. I pray that my girl will be open to opportunities like these. We support Operation Christmas Child and seeing these photos is so cool to see children actually receiving these boxes. Please give Savanah our Thanks for having such a giving spirit to go and deliver the boxes. Thanks for sharing!

January 8, 2013 - 10:27 pm

Joyce - I am a mom of two daughters, both in their early 20’s. This post really resonated with me, and its something I have written about often. Watching your child become an independent adult is amazing and scary and rewarding and bittersweet. I’m so thankful there is something to love about every stage of parenting. Lovely post!

January 8, 2013 - 10:46 pm

Emily - As a 24 year old girl, I love hearing about your relationship with your girls. I only wish my mom were interested in what God was teaching me! I just had to tell you how much I love this entry. I read your blog regularly and I just think you have the most special relationship with your daughters. I cannot wait to see what God continues to do through you and your family!

January 8, 2013 - 10:47 pm

tara - love this friend..
this is a wonderful time in parenting…i mean…like i even know…but i have friends who tell me it is. :) especially when your children love the lord and have hearts with purpose.

love seeing all the pictures from her trip! beautiful girl.

way to go trevor on the Nutcracker surprise!!!

January 8, 2013 - 11:23 pm

Tammie - Paige, You have so much to be proud of, your girls are who they are because of the amazing Mom that you are. It is hard for us sometimes to set back and realize that we can take some credit for the way our children turn out and what awesome children they are. I know speaking for myself that the minute that they do anything wrong I think to myself was it because of something I have done wrong butit is hard for me to take any credit for all the great things they do daily. I just chalk it up to them being great children. I am a Mom of three and I think the are pretty much Perfect.. (well in my eyes)HAHA. Thanks Paige for making me think after reading and enjoying your blog. I love it.

January 9, 2013 - 12:15 am

Jeannine - Yup. Again. Just what I needed to hear.

I linked to you today! Hopefully both of my readers clicked on over and you saw a surge in your stats!

Also…after commenting on your Passion post, I heard on the radio that Chris Tomlin was going to be performing at Madison Square Garden and I quick contacted my husband and he said go for it and I bought tickets and we’re going!!! A little piece of Passion in NYC! I can’t wait!

January 9, 2013 - 8:37 am

Amy@The Avery House - Oh how this post makes my heart sing! I love hearing about how God is working in Savannah’s life. I LOVE seeing her smiling face in all the photos from Kosovo. The light in her eyes exemplifies the light that shines from the One who gifted her with a passion for the little ones she was there to serve. Her own words of gratitude to those who supported her in her trip are in and of them selves a blessing to those who read them. I also just love that she has a such a wonderful boyfriend in Trevor who shares the same heart and experiences with her. I will continue to keep them both in my prayers in the work God is inpsiring in each of them. I also pray for all of your girls. They each have a wonderful heart for the Lord and I enjoy eeing how he works in their lives too. You are a wonderful example to your girls, Paige. You and Dan have given them the roots and wings to fly and change the world.

January 9, 2013 - 10:53 am

Amber - Dear friend what a wonderful post. I too wish I had a heart as beautiful and giving as your precious daughter Savannah at such a young age. I see the reflection of you in the short time we have known each other. You both are precious and I look forward to seeing more of ya’ll. I’m so very sorry I didn’t make your party. I hope to be invited again. I meant to send you a message declining. I had family from out of town. I still would like to get a few items. I will be in touch. Hugs and lots of love! Amber :)

January 9, 2013 - 11:53 am

Bethanie - Sometimes, as a mom, I feel like such a failure. Like maybe I havent prayed for my girls enough, taught them enough, been a good enough role model….And then they do something amazing that I wouldnt have done at 17 or 19 (ie, Passion 2013, or taking her Bible to school and telling me about a discussion on hell that she was glad she had it for…) and I realize that He hears our prayers, and He is guiding my girls, even when Im stressing about this that and the other.
I was so excited to see your post on Savannah’s trip. She was in my prayers during those 10 days, I know how much those shoe boxes mean to the children. So thrilled that she had the opportunity to go and be a part of it! It is clear she (and the other 3) are beautiful on the inside as well as the outside…like their mama!

January 9, 2013 - 5:03 pm

Team Espinoza | Remembering the Value of Motherhood When Feeling “Kid Sick” - […] Paige Knudsen writes in “just you wait” about her college age daughter serving in Kosovo…. She describes how her daughter even tells her mom what God is doing in her life. I hope my kids will feel comfortable to share with me what God speaks to them. […]

January 9, 2013 - 6:23 pm

suzanne - Your pride and love
simply shine through
in your words and in
the beautiful pics of
an equally beautiful
soul : )

xo Suzanne

January 9, 2013 - 7:12 pm

Michelle Whitaker - Such a lovely post.

January 9, 2013 - 7:25 pm

lissa - I’m so happy to read about your firecracker for the Lord and for your heart as well!!! You Knudsen girls could turn the world on it’s ear for Jesus! I just know it!!!

January 9, 2013 - 8:56 pm

Kerri - I hoped someday I have a heart as big as smk does! I also regret that I was not like her when I was 19. when I was her age, I went to a Catholic college and had the Lord right in front of me. I thought that I was serving the Lord, but I looking back, I know I did not have a heart like smk. I guess realizing it and having your beautiful daughter to show me this is what I need to do it in 2013! you are such a blessed and proud mamma! XO

how i decluttered our home…and a video

i used to save everything. i used to display everything. at all times. i used to live, albeit neat and organized,in a way over cluttered, over stimulating home.

i’m a collector. gifts are sentimental and special to me. i love loads of different styles.  i assign value to my stuff. and i have lots of stuff. but the stuff was starting to take over and rule not over my home but my heart. so basically one day i walked in to my albeit neat and organized home and decided enough was enough.

this wasn’t a one weekend project. i wasn’t necessarily methodical in my approach. i didn’t do 30 bags in 30 days. i didn’t even make a list ( which probably could explain many a problem in many areas of my life but i’ll save that sermonette for another day).

bottom line. i went room by room and decided what i absolutely loved. what was necessary and let the rest go. closets, cabinets. all of it. i painted the entire main level of our home to unify the spaces. i’ve changed the philosophy in how shop. and i’ve never gone back.

 

several months ago jeanne asked if i would contribute a video to one of her amazing, amazing, ecourses. her creative community for creating,classes and videos is something i highly recommend.  jeanne has yet another (have i mentioned amazing?) ecourse beginning in april , The Journey of Letting Go (Creating Beauty from Ashes). i love jeanne and her huge heart for encouraging us whether in our business adventures, our creations and art or in how we create our home.

i’m including my video from her course but please let me throw out a few annoying disclaimers and state the obvious. i am NOT a videographer. i should have used my fancy camera but that seemed a tad intimidating so i went with my lap top. took me a dozen tries. i mean who likes to watch themselves on the big screen? ugh. then i discovered, once it was live on jeannes site, that in the transfer to vimeo my speaking is not synced with the video. oh for the love. so i sincerely apologize!!

secondly, i love, i mean really love, a home or shop filled to the brim with beautiful colors and meaningful lovelies everywhere.  i just personally can not live with all that and keep it all clean and tidy. plus a 6″4′ man, four daughters and all their friends and their stuff and one well mannered but very furry golden retriever.

i’ve included a list of a few practical ideas at the end of this unfortunately now epic sized post if my video makes you cross your eyes.

so without further adieu…

1. my home may be minimal on clutter but there’s dog hair on the floor and my hair is usually in a ponytail. i can’t do all things. trust me.

2. 4 of the other people in this home don’t necessarily share my compulsion desire for tidiness. their bedrooms are not pictured thankyouverymuch. truth be told, their rooms are super cute and full of life and color. i’ll share them another day.

3. i do a quick tidy before i go to bed each night. i love waking to an orderly home. downstairs anyway.

4. i love photographs. one of the ways i lassoed in my need for photos everywhere was two fold.  the majority of the frames in our home are made by one of two companies. therefore the few i now display look more uniform.  i also use a very large 3×4 board covered in linen and use that to display a revolving arrangement of photos.

5. while my girls are all grown up and spending more time on their iphones that painting and coloring, i have saved some of their creations. they are in our upstairs hallway and always will be.

6. i love to collect things i love but i’ve tried to reel that in too. instead of having little pieces from collections all over my home, i try to group them together. and i alternate these things. i no longer feel the need to have everything i love visible. at all times.

7. i no longer shop for little knick knack things. i try to save up and use less and larger pieces. such as large bowls and architectural pieces.

8. i keep our center island in the kitchen free of anything on top. that way whenever the girls want to hang out in the kitchen or i walk in the door with bags or whatever, its just a wide open space.

9. you can also view our home at christmas if you’re worried i only use white or cream. i don’t. pinkie promise.

10. while i’m a nester at heart and love creating a beautiful home, i am well aware that these things are all temporary. i hope that our home and the hearts that live here reflect our love for christ.

matthew 6.19-21 Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

January 4, 2013 - 9:21 am

Velva - Just wondering…where do you keep the stuff when you aren’t displaying it? For example….now….feel free NOT to answer this question…and it is from an interest….what do the inside of your kitchen cabinets look like? I mean, how are you able to organize Tupperware? Closets? UGH! I am a wannabe organized person…. On New Year’s Day…well…let’s just say…I got rid of a horder amount of stuff just out of the basement…. :0) PS…I really like your house! I LOVE that kitchen table… (wink, wink!)

January 4, 2013 - 9:21 am

Amy Avery - OK, I am sitting here waiting for a bus to the Animal Kingdom at Disney World. Whereas I should probably be asking my girls what they are excited to see today, I needed some me time and your blog is one of the first spots I hit for uplifting inspiration. As silly as this may sound, my prayers lately have been centered on home and how I can make it more comfortable and more conducive to allowing family live in its space while fostering a relationship with God. Let me say, I truly think your post this morning is an answer to prayers. And to hear your sweet voice! Oh goodness! What a blessing. I am inspired and energized to come back home and put some of your tips in play. Thank you friend! No Disney knick knacks for this girl! :-)

January 4, 2013 - 9:27 am

Candace - Oh I love your home!! I love all the whites and neautrals. Absolutely gorgeous!!

January 4, 2013 - 9:37 am

Heather - Hi Paige! I enjoyed watching this video and it helped me think about my own need for decluttering in my home and life, so thanks for sharing. Denise shared this post on FB and I’m glad she did. Your home is lovely :)

January 4, 2013 - 9:48 am

Heather Crawford - Enjoyed your video…love your home…I’d really like to see a few pictures of how your home used to look with all the stuff? It’s hard to picture..lol

January 4, 2013 - 10:09 am

Kathy - Thank you so much for this! After packing up yet another house that we have just sold….so. much. stuff!!! I am so ready to purge and start fresh. I know I don’t need all of it and I think I am now ready to do it! Your advise is great and your house is very calming. I want people and relationships to be the decoration…not things.

January 4, 2013 - 10:10 am

Ashley @ the handmade home - 1. You are adorable. 2. I was doing my daily facebook perusal and the very thing I’d been wanting to see from you popped up on my screen. ;} So THANK you. I love this perspective… I feel like I’ve had the opposite problem with things being cluttered on the INSIDE of things… like my closets, etc. So this is a great second perspective. We’re doing this now with our home and I’m already preparing to do a second pass on everything. I’m glad I’m not alone in this. Thank you THANK YOU THANK YOU. ;}

January 4, 2013 - 10:15 am

Deborah - Love your post today for two reasons. 1. I took the online class, Creatively Made Home but I just haven’t had the time to do the the videos yet! I don’t know where my time goes. It’s such a pleasant surprise that you have a video in it. And number 2. I’ve recently (over the last year) come to the realization that I want to de-clutter and simplify my home which will be such an overwhelming task. Thanks for the tips and motivation. I love all of my gifts and collections (gifts are my love language also, especially giving them ) so I’m hoping to be able to find good homes for some of my things. I feel like I’m being closed in by all of my “stuff”. Thank you again my friend for the inspiration.

January 4, 2013 - 10:17 am

Melissa - Your home looks amazing! I always love neutral homes in pictures but then go overboard with color in my own home. Quick question -the metal and wood stool in your office did you by chance get that at world market? I am contemplating those stools for my kitchen and curious how solid they are (I have only seen online we don’t have a WM here). Thanks!

January 4, 2013 - 10:44 am

Andrea - Very nice. I have collections. Too many and in the last year am whittling them down. I wish I had done it earlier because my 10 year old wants to save everything. Everything and I know it is partially my fault. I donate lots of things even though my husband wants me to have a garage sale. I don’t have the time and this way people that couldn’t maybe afford to have some nice things will be able to find something at the Salvation Army or Goodwill.

January 4, 2013 - 10:48 am

Catherine Snelgrove - Hi Paige! I loved your video and your cute accent! 😉 I loved all of your tips – what I need to get better at is the stuff I have in my closets!

January 4, 2013 - 10:59 am

Martine - Thanks for this post. Love hearing your voice. You have a lovely home. Thanks for taking the time to share.

January 4, 2013 - 11:07 am

tara - your home is beautiful….
i love that i your home and Edie’s home couldn’t be more opposite, but I can see the sheer beauty in both. i think because they are each reflections of their beautiful owners. :)

your home is a wonderful reflection of your family….
are some of these pictures older or have you just recently taken them after you took down Christmas? gorgeous.

January 4, 2013 - 11:22 am

elizabeth - This video is so helpful and inspiring. I especially like the photo board idea. How do you attach the pictures?

January 4, 2013 - 11:41 am

Ruth Grigson - I loved the video Paige! You need to do more of those so I can enjoy your sweet accent.

This was SO helpful to me, as we are getting ready to put our house on the market this spring. I have started going through stuff to declutter. I was so torn about getting rid of stuff without having a garage sale. See in Chicago, you can’t really have a garage sale until at least May. Goodwill better have the loading docks ready–I’m on my way!

Did you paint your kitchen cabinets? And did you do it yourself? I’m debating whether to undertake this to try and lighten up our kitchen before listing it.

January 4, 2013 - 11:53 am

Stacey - Hi Paige. :)

I watched your video during the course and I’m watching it again. Truly, your home is beautiful. The items you’ve chosen to keep are special. The photographs of your girls are wonderful. You couldn’t do better with more stuff…you just couldn’t

January 4, 2013 - 11:58 am

Stacey - I had to come back and tell you, my style isn’t as clean as yours but definitely not cluttered. I have found that friends will often comment that I need more stuff. Do you experience that? I like clear walls in some places and having too many things makes me nervous. Some people don’t seem to understand that.

January 4, 2013 - 12:05 pm

Heather Owens - Oh Paige, thank u so much for this post! One of my goals for the new year is to simplify and declutter! I am also a collector and with four kids it can get a little overwhelming. You are such an inspiration. Heather

January 4, 2013 - 12:14 pm

LLH Designs - Girl, there is SO much I could say in response to watching your video. I’ll try not to write a full post! 1) I love hearing your voice. 2) I laughed at the time lapse. 3) I smiled with you at your dated appliances. 4) I so relate to giving away and letting go of the guilt. 5) I totally get the need to simplify when you live in a big city, busy neighborhood, etc. 6) I wish you could rub off on me with printing photos. Sad but entirely true: I haven’t printed new images for 7 years. I so desire to change that this year. 7) I don’t make lists. I think you and I may have made this connection before. I think I’m allergic to lists actually! 8) Hope to meet you in real life soon! xoxo!

January 4, 2013 - 12:23 pm

Suzanne - ‘Morning, Miz Paige : )

I had the good fortune
to take an in-person
painting class from Jeanne
at Nada Farm last year.
She is a great teacher
and how wise to bring
you in on her class!

I have been on a similar
quest. The wall bit was
easy when we moved here,
as we have more windows
than walls!

I’d love it if you’d post
the answers to readers
questions here, so I can
pop back and see what
you had to say. On the
surface, my house isn’t
cluttered {in most rooms!}
but inside closets and
cabinets lurks a STUFF
MONSTER that I’m trying
to tame.

You home is a beautiful
reflection of the heart and
soul behind it.

xo Suzanne

PS: I’d love it if you’d watch
a video I have on my blog
right now….and pass it on.
Thanks!!!

January 4, 2013 - 12:29 pm

Kim I. - Paige – So fun to get an insight to your home – it’s lovely. You mentioned your picture frames… LOVE the chippy, chunky frames!! I am in the process of redoing a wall in our home and have been searching for just such frames – could I get the 411 on where you purchased them?? I just adore them. HAve I said that already?! 😉 Thanks so much!!!

January 4, 2013 - 12:53 pm

Destiny - I so totally agree and enjoyed this post. Growing up in rural New Hampshire, I was raised in a home that was decorated, and I, in turn, decorated my first home, primitively. (Dark colors and lots of little things…) Now that we live in the Atlanta area, in a completely different style of house, my home is much more eclectic, but toned way down. If it doesn’t mean something to me, it doesn’t make the cut/wall or counter. (It’s not magazine worthy, but, I have been told that, it makes for an interesting tour.) I have found that as I’ve aged, I have less tolerance for chaos/white noise of any kind, including in my home. I also do a little clean almost every day. Because of my personality, it’s a pleasure, most days, and not a chore. Because of my personality, it has also been important for me to live by the mantra “People over projects!” because I can very easily get lost in a project whether craft or cleaning. For me, people, opportunities and service always comes first!

January 4, 2013 - 1:08 pm

Kelli - Loved this Paige! Such great, practical advice and tips. I’ve done this in the past (on a smaller scale) but you’ve inspired me to get going again. It really is an ongoing effort to keep clutter at bay and to not let “things” slowly creep back in and take over (ironic how our homes can be a reflection of what’s going on in our lives). I love all white and clean looking spaces like yours– I have all boys and they (nor my husband)) “get” my love of all white. You’ve done such a great job of making it still look warm and inviting.

I would love to know how you store things you aren’t using. I’m also really tired of storage and keeping that organized, labeled etc. and have recently been considering “purging” much of that also :).

Thanks for this awesome post–it was just what I needed!

January 4, 2013 - 1:45 pm

carrie - perfect! that is all. <3

January 4, 2013 - 1:52 pm

chrissi - great post paige. i really love the look and feel of your home and appreciate the tips. i love to give my “old friends” to our local thrift shop when i find a new must have.so much easier to gift a charity rather than have a garage sale and have someone offer pennies for something i just had to have and spend real money on.

January 4, 2013 - 3:19 pm

Marcy - Great post/video … Just what I needed to start of 2013 … Thank u

January 4, 2013 - 3:27 pm

Amber - Paige!!! You are so stinkin adorable!! Loved spending my morning with you {well, via this video at least}!! Love your accent and your home and your honest, genuine heart. You inspire me every.single.day. Thank you!!!

January 4, 2013 - 5:30 pm

Blanca - Thank you for the inspiration. I am a fellow collector and recently made a few trips to Goodwill with my donations. Just what I needed to hear today.

January 4, 2013 - 6:14 pm

Andea - Paige…..love the video…..and that you are just a genuine soul. I think so many of us are starting off on this journey…to simplify and make life about more than stuff and keeping up….. I think that I will take some of your examples and use them in my own home. Thanks so much! Btw…it was so fun hearing your voice….love your sweet southern accent…

January 4, 2013 - 7:16 pm

Janice - Thank you!

January 4, 2013 - 9:59 pm

Lori H - Well, it has taken me all day to find time to watch your video. Oh Paige, I am so excited to hear your voice! It just adds to the picture I have of you. And I loved all of your tips, especially about collections, and about photos. Your house is a dream for me and that makes your tips so inspirational. But I think you may need to declutter some more and get rid of all those antlers :) haha!

January 4, 2013 - 10:01 pm

Mary - I really enjoyed this post and have a special connection to it. Last December I felt the call to do the same kind of clean up and attitude change in my own house and mind. As it turned out, our family made the move 650 miles away to South Carolina just six months later! You have a beautiful home! I adore all the whites and the dark hardwoods–lovely! Thank you for sharing, Paige.

January 4, 2013 - 10:48 pm

Mary - Paige, I forgot to ask about the lack of window treatments. I love the look, but living in the South, do you notice that your home gets hotter in the summer without window treatments? I am wondering how that would work over here in SC? Thanks!

January 5, 2013 - 12:42 am

amanda - Awesome and inspiring! A fds questions if you have the time; did yiumakdyour pboto board and how? Who is your frame company? Did you have your dining chairs made/ initialed ( the slipcverz)? Your barre pants you got fot xmas,,,,,I can’t find them on lulu site…can you share link?also, is that z calendar ora bible on the tble under photo board.? Thanks for your time to answer,

January 5, 2013 - 12:53 am

Jodi - I have always loved your home. The pictures always look so warm and cozy. I have not always been a white room person, but I absolutely love yours! I am going through our home and simplify also. I am tired of all the “stuff”. I look forward and am excited for the end result! Thank you for some tips and ideas to help me get there!
Also….love to hear your sweet voice!!
Take care! Jodi

January 5, 2013 - 3:28 am

Debbie - Love this post! So inspiring!
I would love to hear more about your process. Especially in the kitchen and dining room areas. I find myself with way too many tableclothes, napkins, small plates, and wine glasses that I never use for the holidays yet always keep. How did you decide what to keep and what to donate?
I love the freshness of your home. I would love to hear more about the details of this process.
Thank you
Debbie

January 5, 2013 - 9:25 am

Elissa Haskell - Dear Paige,
I have been reading your blog for several years now and I don’t think I have ever left a comment. I decided this morning that it was time to thank you. Thank you for all you have shared with us on this beautiful blog. I was first attracted to your blog because of your clean and uncluttered decorating style, but in the process received so much more. Over the years I have taken your advice on decorating,photography,jewelry,clothing,family,spiritual health,etc. Thank you for being such an open book! You have helped inspire me to become a better person. You have a beautiful family, a beautiful home, and a most beautiful personality,(which shines through even more in your great video)! God bless you and your family!
~Elissa

January 5, 2013 - 11:00 am

Tiffany F. - I discovered your blog and fell in love with your style. After taking down Christmas last week, I popped into your blog to try see pictures of your house for inspiration. I love the white on white and simplicity of your home. I have recently looked at white paint and was overwhelmed at the amount of whites there are! How did you pick a white? What color white did you use in your home?

Thanks for letting us in!
Tiffany

January 5, 2013 - 11:22 am

Deidre~ - Oh Paige! When I first saw this I calmed immediately and breathed a huge thank you sigh!I totally get this infact this is EXACTLY what I have been searching for to do in my home.I couldnt put my finger on it until I saw your post and then it was like “BAM” I knew:)I have so much clutter and its stressing me to the point of not knowing what to do until now.The freedom to purge out the “STUFF” is so liberating.I too am going to paint all my walls and woodwork white as to bring a bit of harmony throughout my house.Please could you suggest a white paint that will work well with kids and a big Labradoodle? lol Thank you so much for the beautiful scripture at the end of your post,that sealed the deal:) Im enjoying your blog blessings in this New Year!

January 5, 2013 - 1:13 pm

Staci Amy - YOU are the real deal! Beauty, that is what you are 😉 I needed this :) Thank you :)

January 5, 2013 - 1:56 pm

Amy - Where did you get the long wooden bowls on your farm table? Love!

January 5, 2013 - 5:24 pm

Kathy - Loved your post and video. Last I year I also felt the need to simplify. We started with painting the walls a neutral white, took down the white blinds and silk curtains. It made such a difference to have the windows bare. Then, we gave away our old couch and got an Ikea sectional(linen color) and several white Ikea slip-covered chairs,and a sea grass rug. I painted picture frames, mirrors, tables, chairs and stools white and got rid of big chunky wood furniture. It made such a difference and is so much more peaceful and relaxed ! Thanks for sharing. Your house is so lovely !

January 6, 2013 - 9:07 am

tara - I know I’ve left a comment, but I had to come back.
love your voice…so excited that I’ve heard it in “real life.”

you write like you talk and i love it. :) i’m the same way.

love all of your tips, for real.
i tend to be somewhere in the middle between busy and simple. wouldn’t you say?

January 6, 2013 - 5:40 pm

Jill - Love this! Especially the tips about reducing the framed photos scattered all over the house and displaying a collection all in one place! Everything looks lovely! Note to self: Get second dough bowl at CLF next year!

January 6, 2013 - 5:45 pm

heather - You are so stinking adorable! I finally found the 11 min to watch the video! I’m inspired! :)
Please tell me you are stopping by C4C at the end of the month?!?!? xo

January 7, 2013 - 12:04 am

stephanie - Hi Paige love your home. Is it weird at all that the windows are always open so people can see straight in at night? Like the kitchen table might freak me out a bit. We always have our back windows open and it doesn’t bother me but the front ones might. =0)
Love your video too. So cute!

January 7, 2013 - 7:16 am

Jen Pighini - It took me two days but I finally got to watch all of the video. Love your ideas and your house is beautiful. Someday I will find the time to declutter, right now I’m lucky to just keep the toys picked up off the floor!

January 7, 2013 - 7:39 am

Kris Pare - Paige, I found you through the workshop. I believe in the decluttering. I work in a high stress paper driven job and to come up to clean and simple is so calming. I haven’t gone to all white but cream with touches of blue since South Carolina is so red hot during the Summer! I am interested if you would share where you do buy your frames (I have something similar in our upper stair hallway) love the simplicity of the matching frames. Also, where did you get that adorable tiny lamp for your kitchen corner? It looks vintage hurricane lamp from what I can tell. Continuing on my search for some great frames. Thank you for sharing, Kris

January 7, 2013 - 11:43 am

Shana - How did you make the photo board? I love this idea!!

January 7, 2013 - 1:09 pm

Jen@thecottagenest - So inspiring Paige! I feel like I just had a real visit with you. I’ve been on this journey ever since we moved into this house and it I’m still evolving with it. Today everyone has gone back to school and work and I am looking forward to doing more cleaning up and out!

January 7, 2013 - 4:29 pm

Dawn @ Inspired Living - What a great verse to share, and thanks for that reminder! It is too easy to get caught up in material things – as I speak from experience….

I am nearly finished decorating my living room and I’m always struggling with just the right balance of “stuff.” It never fails that as soon as I “finish” a space I just want to take it all down and go simple……….maybe one day I will find the right balance. Ha!

January 7, 2013 - 4:35 pm

Kellie - I would love to do white and creme furniture, but my lab is black and leaves his fur calling card everywhere! ha! I would say you have definitely achieved you goal. Whenever I click on your blog I feel calm and serene just from looking at the pictures!

January 8, 2013 - 5:17 pm

Elizabeth - Love your blog and your post, am in awe of your photos. I was visiting My Sweet Savannah and noticed that you said you switched to wordpress, can I ask you about that. I tried to make a wordpress blog and frankly I don’t get it. IT seems to be incredibly complicated. Can you point me in the direction of some help or a template for tech challenged people?

Thank you

January 8, 2013 - 9:30 pm

cathy - Loved your video and can relate to the calm and sereneness of neutral and white. I am inspired by your paring down and feel that is the next step i need to take so i so much appreciate your insights. My simplification came after the huge decision to end a dysfunctional relationship, my kids growing and one that came back to the nest and then got a fab job and left and the other one graduated and was off to college…so i was faced with both leaving the momma nest. I am loving the quietness of white with the exception of 2 bathrooms and living room. After reading this i am ready to pack and purge…..some i am attached to but there is so much that i’m not. Thank you! You are beautiful!

January 9, 2013 - 9:25 pm

edie - OH, you cutie patootie! I LOVED the video and it made me lonesome for you. It also made me want to paint everything white and load up for Goodwill. Darn you:)))
Mucho love,
xoxo
Your friend,
the hoarder of all things colorful

January 11, 2013 - 2:48 pm

Kimberly - I love the idea of rotating collections so that everything is not all out at the same time. Great tips, thanks!

January 12, 2013 - 11:48 am

Carol Werkema - THANK YOU!!!!! I so need to declutter. You have so many great ideas. I can’t wait to start. When I finish putting away my Christmas decorations my goal will be to put only a little back out.

January 12, 2013 - 4:16 pm

Emily @Random Recycling - I love your kitchen table! Beautiful look. Thanks for sharing your home. I’m a little motivated to sort through some of my Christmas collection as well.

January 13, 2013 - 3:52 am

Jeanne - Hi Paige, thanks for posting pics of your home. After watching your video in Jeanne Oliver’s class, I was hoping to see what it looked like. My One Little Word for 2013 is “simplicity” so seeing what you’ve done in your home is such an inspiration for me. However I’ve got a LONG way to go to achieve simplicity in my house. How long did it take you to declutter your house? And I love the slipcovers on your dining room chairs. Did you make them?
xo
jeanne

January 15, 2013 - 9:11 am

Lindsey - I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched this video. Lots of great tips…and so fun to hear your voice!

January 15, 2013 - 9:32 am

lazy gal’s survival guide : guilt vs. conviction | the handmade home - […] friend Paige’s great perspective on her experiences with changing her own home. Be sure to check it out here. A realistic approach that will leave you feeling […]

January 15, 2013 - 12:38 pm

Kim @ Plumberry Pie - Paige, this is exactly what I needed. I’ve been on the quest to simplify, but was losing steam. I remember being taken by your home during the Christmas tour and I think it was that freedom and comfort I felt from your uncluttered home. Thanks for getting me back on track. :) I will be sharing this link on my FB page.

PS – my friend loved her Noonday bracelet!!

January 15, 2013 - 5:20 pm

elizabeth H - BEAUTIFUL!! just beautiful!!
Can you tell which company you get your picture frames from?!

thanks!

January 16, 2013 - 1:25 am

Elicia - You have a beautiful home and it looks very calm and peaceful. Thank you for sharing. I’m inspired to declutter and paint my house :).

January 17, 2013 - 8:29 am

a few answers for you » simple thoughts from Paige Knudsen Photography - […] wanted to try to answer, hopefully all, the questions you’ve asked since my post about how i began to declutter things around here & ultimately simplify our home.  and allow me to add here that i try as […]

January 20, 2013 - 4:08 am

Ronna - Your home and family are wonderful. I would love to know where you got the art piece with the Narnia quote. I would love to get one as soon as possible. Thank you for sharing your information.

January 24, 2013 - 1:43 pm

New… Full Of Promise And Hope | One Beautiful Life - […] A friend posted a link to a blog post on facebook today and it caught my eye… “How I decluttered our home.”  You can check it out HERE. […]

February 8, 2013 - 2:56 pm

Lynsey Braggs - Paige, I come back to this post over and over again. It has motivated me. When I feel like I want to let laziness kick in I go straight back to your blog and I feel inspired all over again!Thank you! You home is beautiful and so is your family!

February 9, 2013 - 4:45 pm

antiquechase - I remember seeing your video months ago in the class, but I just watched it again, and somehow it sunk in a bit more today… and the photos of your house! what an inspiration you are!! new follower… come see me over decorated rooms on my blog, lol. i. want. to. edit. too….

February 9, 2013 - 4:58 pm

antiquechase - i just can’t get over how great your spaces are.. do you have any “before” photos of what the non-edited space looked like. I’d love to see the transformation!

July 30, 2013 - 1:05 am

Tammy - Thank you!!!!

Oh, how this spoke to me! You put words to a journey that I am on.

You really hit on so many great tips, ideas, etc.

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

October 24, 2013 - 6:01 am

simple thoughts & simple spaces by Paige Knudsen - […] i created when I wrote a couple posts about my journey to simplify our home. You can read them here & […]

December 5, 2013 - 7:40 am

Holiday Housewalk 2013~ya’ll c’mon in! » simple thoughts from Paige Knudsen Photography - […] couple years ago i began what i lovingly refer to as operation simplify. while our home was full of things that were sentimental and lovely to me, it was, well, full.  i […]

February 13, 2014 - 4:52 pm

L*O*V*E shack & a mighty big chalkboard » simple thoughts from Paige Knudsen Photography - […] ago i had an identity crisis & executed my simplify the house campaign, also known as– take everything off the walls, paint all the spaces creamy white […]

January 9, 2015 - 9:46 am

the transformation of a clutter chameleon » simple thoughts from Paige Knudsen Photography - […] days of mastering the video option on my camera. ha! i originally wrote a post about simplifying here. i’ve actually decluttered even more since that post. any future videos on this subject will […]

June 5, 2015 - 12:47 pm

T Nye - Great job! Very motivating and inspirational. Just threw away my valentines from 1st grade last weekend. Seriously! Although I’ve been wanting to simplify for years and years, it took clothes moths eating at our wool rug to get my rear in gear! Thanks for the video.