It’s that special time, the beginning of a new year. A chance to reevaluate and reset whatever isn’t working for you. I’ve always been a fan of creating some form of a New Year resolution list. Even if it’s just to kick the new year off in the direction you are wanting it to go. I’ve got a number of resolution that I am casually referring to as “reso-LOOSE-shuns”. Loose because I think that it’s important to be realistic with yourself and not expect perfection. It’s not a make or break if you cheat on your resolution here and there. In some cases I build a cheat system into my resolutions. Like “eat healthy, give yourself one cheat day a year.”. Because, let’s be real – I love my Dominos.
Anyways, since we are moving in the early months of this year, a huge focus of mine is a little new year organization. We’ve gleaned a lot of…special…things in this house over the past year and it’s time to let some of those go. That or we lug them 2,600 miles across the country and THEN decide we don’t want them. But why put them through that? Just rip the bandaid off I say! Let some of those things go!
With that, I will say I can be a tremendously emotional person when it comes to hanging on to my trinkets and tchotchkes. I’ve found this out through a book that I recently picked up on Amazon called New Minimalism. If you haven’t heard of it and are looking to find a little peace of mind when it comes to the things you own, check it out! After discovering this, I needed a little emotional support and, like a lot of the counseling I get, found solace in the words of a few good friends. Here are a few inspiring quotes from my idols to get you through your new year organization goals. If you’re faint of heart, don’t read the last one (wink).
Are you crying?
Don’t think too hard about stuff when going through it, or else your emotional connection to items will hinder you from letting them go. Let go, I tell you. It’s just stuff. Joanna Gaines
From the queen of Magnolia herself – stop crying. Okay, that might be my loose interpretation. But, she’s right. Sometimes you’ve just got to let things go. Don’t think about the magic eight ball that your middle school boyfriend gave you. Shake, shake, the answer is “No”. He’s married now and has three children. I think it’s okay to let it go.
What, what, what are you doing?
Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as to best accomplish a particular purpose – Charles Eames
Okay, really what are your things doing. I have a lot of items stacked up in a closet that I tell myself I’ll put to use. The problem? They’ve been in there for the past year and are doing nothing but collecting dust. The solution? Maybe I should donate them so they can breathe life into someone else’s home? Hmmm….
Spare me the detail…
Our life is frittered away by detail . . . simplify, simplify.” – Henry David Thoreau, Author
Just plain and easy. Simplify. I have got to remind myself to simplify!
But it’s so pretty…
Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful. – William Morris, Textile Designer
I love this one because it’s true. There are things that might not have a purpose but are just beautiful. And it’s good to keep those things around if you love and adore them – aka llamas. So, I’ll take it as a reminder to not be foolish in my discarding! Thanks, Will!
How I really think it should go down…
I love clutter. I think being totally minimal shows a lack of history and soul, and I find it sort of pitiful. I think it’s wonderful to have stuff and live with memories and things you enjoy. Iris Apfel
Okay, so, counterproductive. But this one just had to be shared. Truly, I wish this is how I could be in my life. I am no Iris! She is classy enough to tell people they have no soul if they don’t have clutter. She can pull it off, though, she’s got the warehouses to support her argument. But, sadly, I do not!
So, there it is – my annual spritz of inspiration for getting through the tough task of organizing your life. Frivolous? Maybe! But I hope you found either inspiration or laughter in their words!
What tips do you have for accomplish the seemingly impossible? Share ’em in the comments below!