Your encouraging words and honesty were just what I needed to keep me motivated!
One of the reasons I began my blogging journey was to discover the path to a more elegant life.
An authentic life.
For me, that means being honest with myself and with you!
I guess you could say...My blog makes me accountable for the things I put out there.
The things I share are real life experiences. Not just words and pictures to fill the page.
This was important to me.
I want to share things and ideas to inspire.
Encourage you to make your home a sanctuary.
One of the things I truly believe is that:
Our homes are a reflection of who we really are.
Our homes tell everything there is to tell about us!
From the moment we enter the door until we leave again, our homes are speaking volumes about us,
How we live and what we value!
What is your home saying about you?
Is this what you want it to say?
I often tell clients that you need to walk outside...And come through your door with fresh eyes.
See things as if it were the first time.
Take a few pictures..look in a few cabinets...become a guest in your own home!
Okay be honest...you have done it too!
Are there rooms that are closed off? Off limits? Is this where you store your messes?
What about a place to hang your hat or store your coat?
Did you have to move a ton of things out of the way or did something slip on a shelf over you head?
I have taken a look in forbidden places and seen things that affected me.
Let's face it...
Mess affects us and it's not a positive thing.
It zaps us of our motivation, creativity and oftentimes leaves us feeling depressed!
Not a good way to start a day!
Vern Yip is often quoted as saying:
Improve the quality of someones life by improving the quality of their space.
I could not agree more!
I have seen it happen for so many people!
This one thing is life changing!
Well, it all begins with a foundation.
Ask a builder and he will tell you that any home starts with a good foundation.
One that is solid and sound. Everything rests on this one key element.
The same can be said for the interior of our home.
It all begins with a clean and clutter-free foundation.
Personally, I don't want to have a space in my house that is filled with things that I rarely , if ever use.
First of all, our home is very small.
It's about 1625 sq. feet. But it oftentimes feels even smaller because of the ceilings upstairs. We loose a lot of square footage without normal shaped rooms.
The cottage where this transformation is about to occur is 425sq. feet!
Tiny by most standards.
So making the most of what we have is going to be vital to our success.
Secondly, If I am not using the things I have stored...why do I have them?
If I do use them and have to dig each time just to get to them...it's time to reconsider the rooms purpose.
And just think of those in need who will benefit from your de-cluttering!
I am gathering a list of places and charities for you to donate your goodies to and will get it ready for you next week.
Nate Berkus tells us in his book Home rules that"Getting organized allows us to live with what we love."
He goes on to say:
- If you haven't used it, worn it, or even seen it in a year, give it away!
- Create a space for everything. If it doesn't have a designated home, its sure to get lost or become clutter once again.
Have you been motivated properly to do something about the "off limit" spaces in your home?
Are you really ready to do something about it?
I am asking you this because it is so often a very difficult process.
Especially if you have a lot to go through and there are tons of memories attached to your stuff.
It might even be a good idea to contact a pro if you don't think you can do it alone.
I just happen to know of a few right here in good ol' blogland!
There's the amazing Suzan of Old GreyMarePrimitives
And Connie over at Studio Solutions to name a just a couple.
There is a lot involved with this.
We've all seen the shows where people are making you choose and given a time limit in which to do it in.
No thank you!
I am praying for you! I know you can do it and just stick it out my friends! It is always worth it when you have this amazing new space, organized and clean!
Grab your goodies my friends!
You will need boxes, trash bags and maybe a box of tissues!
I aways like to put on some great music! Anything that gets you motivated and moving!
I always start by "moving out" of the space I am working on.
It never feels as good if I don't put things back in a freshly cleaned environment.
This isn't always feasible, so I box as I go along creating the emptied space I am trying to achieve.
One of my boxes (more if required) is for things I wish to donate, sell or give-away. This is oftentimes the largest box or for me... largest number of boxes.
I then have a trash bag for things that are just not usable by others.
(Although at our house ...it will go into recycling containers and only as a last resort, a trash can)
And then I have a box of things I want to go back into the room but just not sure where yet.
This is where a layout of sorts will come into play.
I know this room will be for sewing and only sewing related things are going into it.
My weekend is going to be spent sorting and then cleaning this one area.
I am not going to overload myself with a to-do list that I can No-way complete.
I am doing it in increments so that I do not loose my motivation.
I am also going to treat myself at the end of the day!
For me...it's simple!
I am going to fix me a ice cold Dr. Pepper and start some heirloom tomatoes in Tinker!
I thought I would leave you with a tiny peak into my new utility/mud room in the house!
It's so...close to being done!
It just says "Hello" every time I come in the back door!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Don't over do it!
I will be back on Monday!