Maybe you don't care about your possessions sparking joy and you think thanking them for a hard day's work is silly. Maybe your left-brained self would rather focus on the bottom line. Well guess what? Your clutter is costing you money and I can tell you exactly how much. Do this simple equation.
Do the math! Space is a limited resource, just like money. Now that you know what each square foot of space is costing you in actual cash, you might be feeling much more motivated to stop wasting it storing stuff you don't need.
Marie sparked this concept in my mind when in her book, The Life-Changing Magical of Tidying Up, she repeatedly mentioned "spending" your storage space. And careful spending of every resource will always mean a well managed home.
I'm in the middle of using the Konmari method to clear extra belongings out of my home with the goal of always having a well managed home.
The pretty, light filled apartment of Rikke-Louise. Had to share with you after I saved almost every photo into an inspiration folder for my home! Rikke-Louise describes her home this way:
"Life at home is ... loving, welcoming and warm."
"I love to be creative. Our walls are full of illustrations and are brightly colored fabrics everywhere in our homes."
Apartment Therapy's Small Cool contest is happening again. I adore this 742 s.f. home by Catherine in Paris for its colors, its layout, and the feel she's given it.
I also love, love, love this kitchen of Orsi's - also in an entry in the contest.
Gea Kleene is a fellow member of the facebook group Konmari Adventures, and she gave me permission to share her photo with you. She organized her shawls in a box by color so she can see at a glance what she owns. The result is beautiful! If you click her name above, it'll take you to her personal Konmari adventure page! It's in Dutch but that's why I use Google Translate.
Photo by Gea Kleene.
This Paris blogger has a clean, tidy apartment with only the essentials and items she loves. Paris To Go is a new favorite blog of mine. Enjoy!
Ellen Claesson, blogger, just bought her first apartment. Super cute.
PS: Please pardon the dust on the blog this week. Am trying a few different layouts to maximize the photos. Things will settle down soon and all will be well. Thank you for your patience with this process! ~ S.
The home of Caroline Orrvik in Örebro in Sweden via Turbulences Deco
"Caroline loves antiquing and fulfills his house small still lifes composed, among other findings, gleaned from flea markets and bought in Swedish stores objects: baskets, animal skin, vases ..."
My wardrobe is pretty minimalist. I rely on black, white, and gray with tees and scarves providing colorful accents. I just purchased some gorgeous tees for fall in black, white, and grey and am pretty giddy about them.
I've also been contemplating cutting my long hair to shoulder length or a shorter bob. Thus it was with joy I stumbled on this blog of Maiju Saw of Finland. Her hair and wardrobe are what I aspire to.
From the archives.... still represents the simplicity at home that I strive for. Am participating in the #theminsgame - a game whereby you donate/give away/toss/recycle a number of items depending on what day of the month it is. 21 items left my home yesterday. Will be aiming for 22 today...just to have a more minimal, calming apartment to live in.
Was happy to see Joshua and Ryan (The Minimalists) in Milwaukee again as they promote their book Everything That Remains. The last event they had in Milwaukee was in December, 2011, and the group included eight of us plus Joshua, Ryan, and their friend Joel Runyon. A mere three years later, the event at Boswell Books included hundreds of attendees gathered to hear Josh and Ryan’s story and listen to a reading from the book.The Minimalists are quite entertaining, at ease with themselves and others, and are quite open and vulnerable in their writing.
This past year, I’ve been learning that people matter more than things. It’s that statement that has gotten me out of my comfort zone and out in the community to meet friends, attend parties when I really want to be at home, and to stay longer at events with friends so that our conversations have more time to go deeper as we become more vulnerable with our words and emotions. (For instance, as I think back to the last time Josh and Ryan were in town, I chose to leave after the meet up instead of going with the group to a bar just around the corner. Most others went, but I was concerned about getting home so late on a weeknight, so I declined and went home. If I could make the same decision again, I'd choose quality time with the group because people matter more than a time on a clock. The group was gathered for just that night, while there existed many more nights in which to get more sleep.)
Some of the memorable quotes from the evening were, “Love people, use things. The opposite never works.” and “It’s not a how to book, it’s a why to book.”
I highly recommend attending any event at which The Minimalists speak. Plus they are generous with the hugs, reminding us “They’re transferable.”
Speaking of their events, The Minimalists will be in Madison, Wisconsin, tonight, and I will be attending with my aunt and a friend. I’ve no doubt they will find The Minimalists as entertaining, thoughtful, and helpful as I have.
My friend Gina and I love to compare notes on letting go of the extra in our lives and often compare notes and share blogs we love about a more minimalist lifestyle, like Becoming Minimalist or playing The Mins Game.
Gina started a new blog recently, and you're invited to check it out. Her focus is on living more lightly in all areas of life.
Here's what she shared of mine:
Yes, that is all the makeup I currently own and wear. My old eyeshadow got used up so I just bought this baby for $3 at the grocery store. When I get ready at the gym, I'm surrounded by women with elaborate makeup and hair routines. After getting dressed, I slip into a space between people at the mirror, apply the makeup you see above in about 90 seconds. I then step under the hand dryer placed high on the wall and use it as my hairdryer for 2.5 rounds of drying time, and I'm done. I put on a signature ring or bracelet and am out the door with my little gym bag
Lest you be even a smidgen impressed, know that this little area of my life is pretty minimalist, but my apartment and car are not. I will be joining Gina in letting go of items in my life that I don't love or need.