Slowing Down Today…

Friends-

I am hoping my fellow Houstonians made it through last night’s storm safe and sound. (In case you haven’t heard, there’s been tons of rain and flooding all over Texas and major flooding today in Houston.) In moments like this, we are forced to slow down and recognize our most important blessing — the safety of our loved ones.

It’s ironic because here on the blog, we have been speaking about cleaning out, de-cluttering and creating space. A storm like last night’s is a humble reminder of how fragile we really are and that THINGS are just THINGS and STUFF is just STUFF.

So…hold onto your nearest and dearest today and tell them how much you love them. And if it time permits, create some space to slow down, gain clarity and recognize your blessings.

Who knows, if you’re fortunate enough maybe you can take this day to clean out a space that is in much need of attention. On that note, this 2 minute podcast from Gretchen Rubin landed in my inbox today. I love what she has to say regarding outer order contributing to inner calm. So true!

Wishing you all safe, healthy days ahead.

Elaine

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Need motivation for a closet clean out?

Check out this post for tips, ideas and where to donate items.

And for some laughs about spring cleaning watch this hilarious short
of Busy Phillips Spring cleaning.

TGIF and have a great weekend!
♥Elaine

Clean the Clutter, Clear the Mind

by Alyce Eyster
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Guys, this is me after a bathroom re-org. →You may not be able to tell but I am TOTALLY TRANSFORMED. 😉 As we continue our theme of Spring cleaning, today Alyce Eyster tackles clutter. ♥Elaine

Picture a closet. At eye level clothes hang jammed together, open drawers reveal disheveled chaos and a weak folding effort, a lone shelf displays  a smattering of bracelets, receipts, coins, mints and retail clothing tags. Shoes play hide and seek on the floor littered with towels and dry cleaning debris, the laundry basket overflowing. I close the door and launch my boat down the river of denial.

“A dramatic reorganization of the home causes correspondingly dramatic changes in lifestyle and perspective. It is life transforming,” asserts Marie Kondo in The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. That’s bold and I am intrigued.  

For those of you who’ve been living under a rock, Kondo’s book is all the rage. And she’s got a point. There is something therapeutic about purging the clutter, donating, organizing, and finding a home for “stuff.” I feel GREAT after cleaning my closet. I get a lift, an energy boost and I can see clearly now!  Organize the space and life falls into place. Yes!

But how does one get there? The experts weigh in.

Kondo doesn’t mess around when it comes to “stuff.” She asks of your things, “Does it spark joy?” If yes, keep it. If not, get rid of it. And it makes sense. Don’t you want to be surrounded by beautiful things that you love? Of course. Is it easy? No. Is her philosophy realistic? Not always.

Peter Walsh is an author that has appeared on Oprah and reality TV. He’s hosted 31 day challenges where he instructs folks to organize one space each day. I like this idea. He starts small, “Pick one drawer and clean it out.” This is so do-able, and not overwhelming.  To see it in action, check out Tell It to Your Neighbor blogger Erica Smith’s  Instagram feed, where she’s got helpful tips and information at #31Days2GetOrganized and #TheArtofDecluttering. Read More