Sunday, March 25, 2012
a little spring organization
We enjoyed a beautiful, sunshine filled weekend here in the Pacific Northwest. It's a funny thing, being a Seattle girl, when the sun comes out everything stops and we all come out of our homes like little moles, squinting and wondering what that shiny thing in the sky is. There is something about the first day that really feels like spring that inspires me to get up early and do a bit of purging and organizing before the sun warms the front porch and I can then spend the afternoon in the sun reading a book. It's at this time of year that I tend to get rid of old and worn out clothes, donate dishes that haven't been used in years, and update my style a little bit. Right now my house could not be more simple. Last year I went a little crazy with the spring purge and absolutely got rid of everything that I did not love with my whole heart. In hind site I'm not sure this was a splendid idea. My house is a bit bare (possibly barren) at the moment and I really didn't take into account exactly how much it would cost to replace the donated items. One thing is for certain, it's so easy to keep my house tidy because I just don't own much of anything. But I certainly would never recommend a purge quite as large as the one I did last year.
That being said, I'm different than most people in the fact that I'm attracted to small space living. I think I could be quite happy in a little rambler just decorated with the things I love and filled to the brim with people I adore. There used to be a show on HGTV that was my favorite! It was called small space, big style and I was addicted to that show! I loved watching the ingenious organization ideas and the clever decorating. I don't know if you received the new catalogs from Restoration Hardware recently but there is one on small spaces and I've poured over it so much I just may have memorized it! I do like editing down to just the most important items in the home that are useful and compliment each other.
While the world seems to be getting busier and busier all around us I think that my husband and I have really figured out how to slow down and enjoy each other, our girls, family and friends. We cook more at home, spend our mornings on the couch together, Bibles and coffee in hand, and enjoy quiet evenings. I think there is something to be said about a simple lifestyle with simple organization and decor.