31 Days to a Less Messy Nest Day 11:: Group it

We’ve all heard it a million times.  Group like things together.  Duh. Collections are like that, they just look good all together.  I’ve had my hutch for years.  And I’ve always had my white dishes in it.  But, they’ve always had other guests as well.  I mean, I know about grouping like stuff together, I do that? Right?

I for one like the idea of mixing up all sorts of stuff together. That’s fun. It was a great way to show off my blue and green ware that I’m sure has a fancy name.  See, I kind of grouped like stuff together.  I know how to do that.  Who cares if I added in more stuff, I still got the group together.

Here I grouped my white dishes together and then sprinkled in a few other pretty things.

Then  I dumped a lot more pretty things, hey, see my white dishes?  They are back there, really.  I group.

I tried all kinds of ideas. And wondered why I never really liked the way my hutch looked.

Then I painted my hutch {by the way have I ever told you how much I HATE the word hutch? The Hutch Back of Notre Dame is all I can think of~can you picture it?  He’s got a huge hutch on his back and has to carry it around with him everywhere….} and as I started really evaluating every item I have before our yard sale, I tried something…

I grouped all of my whites and nothing more.

No mercury glass balls, no blue willow, no photos, no randomness.  Now that it’s been repainted and the back {hutchback?} is simply paint, I was shocked at how stunning my plain white dishes looked all by themselves.   I love all of that other, extra stuff on its own but, I am still amazed at how powerful all of these white dishes are as a group.  Breaking them up with other items seems to take away some of their power and beauty. I’m not saying I won’t add certain items during certain holidays but, this one wall in my house is purposeful, simple and still useful.  I can practically throw any white dish up there and it will look great.

Now I’m looking around my house wondering what other things I can group together for a better impact.  What do you group?

Be sure to visit the other 31 dayers:: Reluctant Entertainer, The Inspired Room, Remodeling This Life, Chatting at the Sky, Balancing Beauty and Bedlam, My First Kitchen, Life With My 3 Boybarians, over the next 31 days.


  1. holy moly!!! looking at the earlier pictures, i’m thinking “wow, that looks great!!”” but what a difference paint can make – the hutch (umm, maybe the tall-wide-piece-of-furniture-that-holds-all-kinda-neat-stuff?? i don’t know. kinda long) looks FABULOUS now!! yes, limiting the collection to just white adds quite a punch but if you hadn’t painted it, it still wouldn’t look as good. and i never would have thought to add that touch of blue……….

    so what do i group? like emily said, laundry. and i’ll add to that: dirty dishes waiting to go in the dishwasher. oh, and let’s not forget toys!!

  2. I love your site!! It’s given me great ideas. I wanted to add something to the section about using Garnish on your gifts. What I do, especially at Christmas time, is use “picks” with a bow. Picks are those small decorative flowers, leaves or branches you see in Michael’s craft shops. Some might have Holly leaves with bells, berries, or pine cones attached or small, teenie gift boxes. They are often used when making a wreath, for example. I like to dress up my packages like that by nestling a pick in with the bow on top. It really makes an outstanding present.

  3. Hi

    I’m just loving this series! I live in England so I’m really jealous of all the space you have the the US. We’ve just had a new bathroom and some new carpet fitted and in putting everything back in the correct rooms I’m doing what I call a “stuff cull”. We don’t do yard sales much over here so all of my unwanted goes to charity. Does one women really need 18 tubs of body moisturiser?

    What you call a hutch (horrible word) we call a dresser. Maybe you’d like to come over all British and try that instead?

  4. hmm, Kitchen Armoire? I, too, hate the word hutch. I think of crutch.

  5. Looks great with the all white dishes, but I also thought it looked pretty good the other ways too!

    Question: Do you actually use your white dishes? I have started slowly buying & collecting white dishes for our dining room and haven’t used them yet!

  6. What a nice group of fun finds! I’m diiggn’ your new look her at The Copper Cauldron. I’m also missing Blockhead Radio. Hope you, Rod and the crew are well. I lost a loved one this January and it’s made for a tough month. Hope to get more back in action in a week or two. Just staying afloat for the moment. Jenn

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