January 28, 2015

Simplifying Your Life and Getting Rid Of The Clutter

         I find great delight in organization. I crave order in my everyday life to the point that I even enjoy organizing other people's rooms and collections.  My most recent organizing project is that cute little cart you see in the photo above.  I wanted to have a little collection of art supplies and games within arms reach of our dining room table, but I also wanted this little collection to be organized. So we invested in a couple (extremely adorable) carts from a large Swedish big box store nearby and now I consider them to be my trolleys of fun. This little story is to illustrate just how serious I am about loving to be organized.
       Now that you have an idea of how much I like organization, you can probably guess that I'm not a fan of clutter. Clutter is my nemesis. Today as I was perusing Pinterest, I came across a neat decluttering system that my husband and I decided to implement tonight.  I am so excited about it, I couldn't resist sharing it with you guys right away. The people over at Old World Garden Farms came up with this wonderful plan which they call the "One-A-day/365 Day Decluttering Experiment". The gist of the whole thing is that in order to live more simply and keep your house devoid of unneeded clutter, each person gets rid of one item a day for an entire year.  You can donate, recycle, sell or trash the item depending on what it is, and it can be as simple as a mug you don't use, or a pen that doesn't work. How easy is that? Click here to read their full story.
      Tonight I picked a long glass votive candle holder that we aren't using at all. It's going into our donation box and when that box gets full, we will take a short drive and drop it all off.  For the most part our house is pretty organized, but the closets are full, the cupboards are full, and the garage is full.  I know that we have a lot of stuff we aren't using that could be put to good use somewhere else, and the feeling of freeing up space in our home for things we do need is freeing in and of itself.
      I challenge you to join me in this journey of decluttering. I think we would probably all sleep better and think more clearly if everything in our homes was useful, enjoyable and had a place in our daily lives.


Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Love, love, love... this post, the trolley and the decluttering philosophy! Best wishes on your "recycling" plan for the year... I'm on board!

WoolenSails said...

I really need to declutter, I hate mess and chaos and right now I am overwhelmed with what i have in the house.


Leslie said...

Thanks for the link...I'm jumping in!