Saturday, February 02, 2008
Simplify Your Space
I've been organizing and de-cluttering and whatnot for the past few months. After about the first month, I have come to realize that I just have too much stuff! You know...oh, it is on sale, I cannot pass it up things, or sure I can use that things, or oh, thank you, I love it things. Well, I've had it enough is enough. I have a big house and we cannot even use the dining room. Thank goodness we have an eat-in kitchen.
My dining room has become the catch-all room. The room where I store all the presents, all the cool finds and cheap buys. I'm just tired of it. I've been purging slowly as I work part-time and cannot devote hours on end to this project. So, what ends up happening is that I have to stop and I lose momentum and don't get back to it for days even weeks.
But, no more. Today at the library I came across this great book called Simplify Your Space by Marcia Ramsland. She has the neat approach called C.A.L.M.
Create a plan
Approach it by sections
Lighten up and let go
Manage it simply
She goes room by room and starts with the room that is most visible...the kitchen, the family room, etc. Each room has it's own chapter so if you want to tackle a particular space then just turn to that chapter. I've already fast-forwarded to the chapter on dining rooms. ;)
And, I am happy to report that I have already been letting go. I've recently given away things I have two of or simply cannot use. I donated 3 bags to Goodwill and know I can give at least 3 more. The crazy thing is that if you walked into my house you would not say..."Oh, this house is so cluttered!" I guess I'm good at faking it. LOL!!!!
She also has books about simplifying your life and simplifying your time. I think I need to reserve those asap. :)