Living With Less


I love a good organizing book.  I love to look at organizing magazines with pictures of pristine walls and all items in a place. What makes those pictures really so appealing is the fact that all clutter is removed.  If you’re a fan of Marie Kondo’s Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up you know that the magic is in the amount of items you should get rid of if it doesn’t “spark joy.”  Living with less is something I strive toward too.  I’ve lost neighbors to the pursuit of bigger houses when 1200 square feet just isn’t enough.  It’s enough but not enough when your pursuits are buying more and more.  To what end?

I once had to help my husband clean out a relative’s old house.  We had to rent the largest dumper available and spend two days throwing away items of this near hoarder house.  I just felt sad thinking about all the time and resources that went into this accumulation of stuff only to end in a 48 hour trash-a-thon.  What else could have been done with that money and time?

My kids have seen the world, and every summer and spring break we will see more of it.  We won’t see the inside of malls, drive the newest cars, or have closets and closets of clothes with tags hanging on them.  The kids don’t have smart phones and for now, will have to see the world in person rather than on a Youtube video.

The older I get the more I truly understand what’s important.  The memories are not in the stuff or the souvenirs.  They are with us.

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” {Saint Augustine}

Vertical Folding



IMG_4526I recently finished the book by Marie Kondo, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.  In her book she advocated vertical stacking of all clothes.  Meaning not to lay your folded clothes on top of one another but vertically so you can see everything.  Wasn’t sure if this would work for me, but I spent some time this past weekend taking my drawers and shelves in my closet and lining up my clothes vertically.  I have to say, it looked good and really made you see everything you had.  It did not take up more space but rather gave me more room.

IMG_4525I used bookends to tighten everything up and create division.  I set to work on my dresser next.

IMG_4524Everything lined up neatly and when you open the drawer, you see everything inside.  Really impressed with new/old organization tool.  I’ll see how maintaining it goes and if the system stays in place.  I’m a big fan of function.  Sometimes organization can look pretty, but doesn’t work.  Stacking boxes come to mind.  They are nice to look at but so impractical.

Spring break is approaching and my next project is to organize my girls’ room.  We were recently looking at old photos and my youngest pointed out her bedroom in the background.  She was amazed at how neat and organized the room was.  I told her that when she was little, I used to clean her room for her.  I could tell she was wishing that were still so.  She’s off to Disney World with a friend for a couple of days and I plan to surprise her with a completely re-organized room.  She’s in middle school now so not sure how long it will last.

Happy organizing.