How do you go about practicing your creative endeavor without breaking the bank and spilling clutter into every corner of your house?
It's the perfect time of year to spend a few hours getting your workspace in order.
This is the hard part of simple living--the letting go. The minimizing of the schedule.
The problem is what to do with all the incoming paper that doesn't belong in my files... I needed a place for the homeless papers that tend to wind up in a messy, teetering pile.
I knew it was a risk. All early adoption is. I just didn’t expect it to blow up quite as fast as it did.
These are the before pictures. They’re the ones that show all the stuff we’ve packed up even after getting rid of dozens of boxes of stuff and almost all our large furniture. If you compare this to the size of the house, you’ll see that if we move all this stuff in, we won’t be able to live in the house.
I wanted to show you the floorplan. It’s not to scale, but this will give you an idea of what we’re looking at.
With three showers being planned, I knew I needed to do something for people who want to help, but I wasn’t quite sure what. How do you reconcile people wanting to help you by buying you stuff when you’re trying to downsize?
I’ve slowed down in some areas to allow myself the opportunity to do more in others that are more important to me.
Each choice has positives and negatives, and only you can determine what makes the most sense for your life.
Like any other creative endeavor, having too many tools in the kitchen can get in the way of making something truly unique … or even *good.*
Learn from my mistakes, and you can have a capsule wardrobe (maternity or otherwise) that fulfills its promise of cutting down on decision-making, leaving you looking and feeling good, and giving you more time and brain energy to do the things you love to do.
We are simplifying to buy ourselves time, save money and make more room for our creative endeavors.
Sometimes you know what you should get rid of, or you know which area to tackle. Other times, you look around your house and think, I don’t know what I need and love, and I don’t know where to start. It can be overwhelming, just like a blank page.
Basically, Occam was advocating simplicity, and while his idea is mainly applied to scientific explanations — simpler theories are more testable — it's relevant to everyday life.
Simplifying isn't about all the things you should do without. Simplifying is about having space for what you love when you stop focusing on what you don't.
The point of decluttering isn’t just to have less stuff. The point of decluttering is to free up space to do the thing you love.
On non-work days, I love my clothes; getting ready is easy; and it’s all puppies and rainbows in my closet. Getting ready for work is another story.
When you're ready to make whatever leap you'll be making, you'll be more prepared than you thought.
Having kids doesn’t mean you have to have clutter.
On the simplifying journey, support from those we love is something we need the most, but sometimes, it’s the hardest place to get it.
I took the plunge in a way that suits me right now, loosely following the rules, and with the hope that someday, I'll be able to do a big-girl capsule wardrobe.
This is a bit of a science experiment, and my hypothesis is that if I lessen the fairly unimportant decisions, I'll have more brain energy to spend doing what I love.
The KonMari Method of decluttering leaves you surrounded by the things you love, and is a perfect technique for creative people who need to get rid of a few things.
Simplifying your things can free up time and space to pursue the life you were meant to live
Getting rid of the excess helps you make space and time for what really matters
Getting rid of stuff is my new obsession
“Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”