Live Simply. Organized. April 20 2014, 0 Comments

Organized living is living simply. Glass vases can be fun to tidy up clutter.

Happy Easter Sunday! I hope your day was filled with thankfulness, kind company and good eats! Now that spring is upon us, it is time to clear out closets, open windows, plant herbs & veggies, and freshen up your home! Minimalist living is something I am working toward and I see an improvement in my mood the closer I get to this goal. Living simply was described best by Lao Tzu, a Chinese Philoshipher,

“Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” 

I love to thrift and garage sale and when I come across a unique find for a reasonable price, I have trouble walking away. In the past I would collect chairs, dishes, glassware, etc. for future projects, a brick and mortar store and my dream home. I am coming to realize that if I don't need it now, I won't need it then, and if I do, I will find it again. The clutter can start to control you, taking up space both in your home and mind and wasting your time. I am about to face a collection of these items that have lived in my dad's basement in Michigan for the past three years while I have been residing in North Carolina. I haven't once missed any of the things that I left behind so I know I don't need them. Think about your possessions in this way as well. Have I used it or needed it in the past three years? If not, have a lovely yard sale on a sunny day, carry around a cold beverage and say farewell to all those unneeded and forgotten goods! Just the thought of ridding yourself from years of collected stuff should be freeing!

Here are a few tips to get you started:

1) Begin with your closet. As this is the first and last space you see each day it will instantly improve your mood to have it de-cluttered. If you haven't worn the clothing item in the past two seasons (last two winters, springs, etc.), donate it! It doesn't matter what it cost or if you have dreamt up an ideal gathering for which this top/dress/jumper/floral turtle necked shirt would be perfect. Be honest with yourself, you're not going to wear it. Let someone else. If it does't fit correctly, get it tailored or give it up.

2) If you have a furniture piece that isn't quite right for your space, paint, sand or stain it to make it work or remove it from your home. Do this next weekend. Don't put it off for another month. An improvement in the aesthetic of your home will put a smile on your face each time you walk in. 

3) Empty out drawers and closets. Group like items together. Keep your favorite item in each group and donate, recycle or throw out the others. Okay, so you may need two flashlights, but you definitely don't need ten. 

4) Focus on one room each day in order to stay focused on the task and make the most improvement. It can be overwhelming to part with our possessions and spreading this out over time will make it a smoother process. 

5) Organize and purge first. Then clean. 

6) Add music and a cup of coffee to the mix and you'll have yourself a nice little saturday morning.