As promised, lets start a little series this month and try and get our houses organized. If they are already please chime in on the comments and let us all in on your secrets. Again, I am not an expert on this subject but I am willing to share my own home and what has worked for me. Downsizing of course forces organization so I had that on my side. I thought we'd start with the living room because that's probably the easiest room in the house to organize. So if you are interested, let's go.
When you step in our house you step right into our living room and dining room. There is no entry so I like walking in and seeing clear surfaces. I like some breathing room. This is where we relax and I don't find clutter relaxing.
Before moving to this small house my idea of organizing/decluttering meant moving my things around and around putting them in closets, drawers and pretty storage boxes. Now with very little storage space every drawer/closet counts. All my available storage is used for what we use everyday, not for what if's or extra's or things I can't let go of. Those days are long gone. Every single thing in every single drawer or cabinet is used on a regular basis or holds enough personal worth to us that it is not buried in storage. The value of these objects is in the using. Since there is only one closet in the whole house you see where my philosophy comes from.
That large basket on top of the armoire is an antique laundry basket from England. It holds an extra blanket or 2.
Inside the tv armoire is our small movie collection and small cd collection. Also, the tv, Bose, ipod, DVD player and cable box. The drawer to the right of the cable box is where I keep my camera when I'm not using it. To be honest, I'd love to get rid of this whole thing and put a fireplace in its place. But that isn't happening anytime soon.
On the other side of the room is our dining area and it isn't very complicated either. The china cabinet holds my buffaloware dishes. The 2 drawers contain cloth napkins and candles for dining. The garden cloches on top of it hold bird nests that I've collected over the years. The record cabinet holds a few very select records.
My small but mighty record collection.
This situation really doesn't change because this is the only place that RL book fits and I look through it all the time.
I am not comfortable dictating how you should live or that the way I live is in any way better than the way you do. I adore M's house even though our styles are different. But I suppose you are reading this because you are interested in living with a bit less. So to you dear friends, your assignment, if you want, is to see what is laying around that is not useful to you in any way. What's cluttering your space and ultimately cluttering your mind? What have you been moving and shoving around instead of donating? What is stopping you from taking action? Is there someone who could be benefiting from stuff that is stagnating in your home? Remember it is just stuff. Maybe you are a person who loves clutter and this kind of talk bothers you? So many questions! In the end, we get to choose just how we want to live, it is what makes the world so interesting. And that's nice.