As a twenty four year old that has moved 6 times in the last 6 years, I have realized the importance of eliminating clutter and getting rid of things you don’t need.
After getting married last year, and accumulating twice the amount of stuff, John and I had to get smart about how to decorate our new apartment. We wanted to be respectful of each other’s things… which basically meant putting all that extra stuff (that we didn’t actually need) into boxes that we couldn’t reach anyway.
It took us 6 months to realize we didn’t really need a USS Enterprise Star Trek DVD holder, two vacuums, or a bright “brunt orange” lamp (John argued it reminded him of Texas…), and so began the de-cluttering! In the process, we found some awesome blogs that inspired us to organize our home, our wardrobe, and in turn, our lives. I wanted to share them with you so that you too could experience the amazing feeling of not having more than you need!
1. Wardrobe: Besides being adorable and stylish, Unfancy blogger Caroline is a master at making a capsule wardrobe. The idea is that you only go shopping one time at the beginning of each new season and limit your closet to 37 pieces that work well together and that you absolutely love. This way you never have to experience standing in your closet with nothing you like to wear. It has saved us time, money (buying more strategically), and helped us to only own things we love in our closet- everyone should try it!
2. Home: Besides following the capsule technique for our home, we also have recently become intrigued with the tiny house movement (Watch here and you will become addicted). Though I personally don’t feel called to live in a tiny house, I like the idea. Basically, EVERYTHING in your house has a place and often multiple purposes. It’s easy to think that more storage is always better, but sometimes all it really takes is getting creative with what you have.
3. Life: Sometimes I feel my life in general can be a little out of control and I will say yes to a million things that I shouldn’t (one of my professors at Belmont, Dr. Cornwall, calls this the “shiny object syndrome”). I will start feeling like I have to do everything and then get discouraged if I fail. However, I recently read Start, by John Acuff, and it gave me a different perspective. Start talks about honing in on your dreams and finding time to work hard on whatever it is you want to do. He also talks about being ok with learning and staying on track with your passions. I found it very helpful!
Organizing is a lifestyle and takes a lot of re-evaluating and work- we are still finding things that we thought were necessary a month ago and have come to realize we were wrong. Let me know if you find any of this books/blogs as helpful as I did!