06 September 2013

simplify & clean out

I've got too many things tucked away in all of the corners of our home. I'm a saver, a lover of nostalgia, a don't-throw-it-out-because-we-might-need-it-someday sort of gal. I'm also a little bit messy. I like things within easy reach and quick access, which means I tend to leave thing laying around.

Day 2: Set Up Your Outbox Apartment Therapy January Cure
But! It's a new dawn. I am committing the month of September to editing, paring down, de-cluttering, freeing up and simplifying our home. Those of you who know me, and those of you who have ever lived with me, will recognize this is an ambitious initiative. But it's time. I'm feeling emotionally weighed down by stuff and I'd rather feel light and free and spontaneous and adventurous. Which is hard to do when you are stuck beneath unpacked boxes and piles of clothes and endless paperwork and knick knacks. When you can't quickly find your swimsuit and your sunscreen amidst the clutter.

Bedroom closet organization.
That means getting rid of clothes that don't fit or that I don't feel completely awesome in. Tossing old XXL race t-shirts from 5Ks that mean nothing to me. Scaling back my collection of notebooks from college and grad school or tossing them altogether. Filing away important paperwork, scanning some in to save on my computer and ruthlessly shredding the rest. Letting the weight lift from our shoulders, allowing space to open up and reclaiming a bit of freedom.

It does not mean spending money on organizing systems or wasting time on Pinterest or in the pages of Real Simple magazine. Yes, there will be some organizational victories, but mostly I'd like to just have fewer things to organize. The goal is not to re-arrange the stuff, but shrink it down.

So, here goes nothing. To be honest with you, I'm only feeling about 70% committed to this project but I hope that by putting it out there I'll feel guilty enough to see it through.

Let's simplify. Let's pare down to what is useful or beautiful. Let's surround ourselves with things that inspire us or make our lives easier, not junk that haunts us or traps us or blocks fire escape routes.

But this doesn't mean I have to get rid of my jars. They are both useful and beautiful.

A few sources of inspiration:
Liz's never-ending edit
The Happiness Project
Clear Your Home, Clear Your Life on Daily Om
This post from And Then We Saved
The January Cure from Apartment Therapy
Miss Minimalist

Photo credits from top to bottom: 1) my own, 2) Apartment Therapy, 3) Real Simple, 4. Seventeenth & Irving


  1. Thanks for the link love! And, good luck on simplifying. It's... definitely a process. BUT, it becomes addictive once you start to feel that lightness that comes with letting go of things you know don't need anymore (even if you feel that you kinda maybe will one day or whatever).

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