4.15.2011

Gettin all hippie dippie

I've had a week of realizations, one where everything fell like shooting stars into place and everything felt just right. It balanced out a couple of weeks worth of emotional stress. That's just the way this world works, the pendulum of balance, right? Not every moment can be perfectly balanced, it has to go both ways to meet somewhere in the middle. I don't remember that often enough.

The bees didn't work out, but they will, and since they didn't we'll better remember to focus on making the Lucilles (One and Two) more at ease and at home with their new family.


I have a few new mantras helping me to get through some household clutter:

1) I cannot do it all. Get out of your head (thinking "I'll get to this one day") and get into the present and focus on the things that you love.**

2) Clutter is a distraction from the things that matter. The less stuff you have the more room you have for both possibility and love. 
**I don't believe life can possibly be filled 100% with things you love, but sometimes the things we don't love help us get closer to the things we love, right? I need to get rid of the things that drive me from love and accept the things that are matter of fact and essential!

So far it's working. I've been making stacks of things to get rid of throughout the week.  If I want to keep something just in case, I repeat #1. If I want to keep something for sentimental reasons that I have no real use for, I repeat #2. I've been doing a lot of closing my eyes and telling myself the truth.

First get rid of stuff, then find a home for the things I'm keeping. Some pretty inspiration to keep me going:


Crate and tube storage via Marion House Book (Tubes photo by Lesley Unruh, Crates from the Toast Catalogue).

Ahh, space, open space for new thoughts. Space for possibility. Here's to organization and being able to find the stuff I have, love, and use.

Happy Friday, friends! Want a bit of gardening inspiration? Check me and my secret boyfriend out over on Modish today!

5 comments:

Jessica said...

The Lucilles! That's brilliant.

I just got some new shelves/baskets/organizing gear from Ikea. Can't wait to get it all set up.

Nancy said...

I hear ya- Getting rid of or reorganizing clutter is a big deal in our everyday hously happiness. Sorry the bees didn't take yet, but do enjoy your lovely chickies!

Deirdre said...

I am DYING with laughter (quite literally, I actually just laughed so hard, I choked) over your chicks being called Lucille 1 & 2. You are too funny.
I just wanted you to know that I really enjoyed your post. It's nice to know that I'm not the only person who feels as though I have to do it all. And as for clutter, the mere thought of my office closet fills me with anxiety. Good for you that you are organizing, and clearing out the old. I'm sure you will feel MUCH better for it.
Take care and have a wonderful weekend!
xo Deirdre

mckenzie said...

After we moved into our one-room cabin, this HAD to become my mantra. I can't even explain how much stuff we got rid of. And still, after a year, there's more I feel inclined to part with. It feels so good to know what's okay to keep. I have about two small boxes of memory-oriented things and paperwork, but the rest of our boxes in the attic have practical items like canning jars. By the way... we have five hens named Agnes. ;)

Julia said...

i lovelovelove this post. i definitely cannot do it all, and i need to constantly remind myself that that's okay.

also, i definitely need to get on the de-cluttering. it's going to take a while, and living in a big house with only two humans and one dog makes it easy to be complacent. but we could certainly do to pare down a bit. and reorganize.