SIMPLICITY IS NOT about making things perfectly straight, or perfectly matched, or perfectly beautiful.
You can make your home (or your life) look like that. Sure, you can buy a lot of pretty boxes and cabinets, and you can color code and label everything and people might be impressed… Hey, even YOU might be impressed!
But, let’s be honest: if your tidy, beautiful, color coded, labeled home is full of things you don’t need, don’t want, and don’t like, will your life feel simple? Will you be free? Will you be happy?
I don’t think so.
Simplicity is about feeling relaxed and free, and having Space For Your Life, and time to live it.
It’s not about perfection. You can have a little chaos! It’s normal.
If you remove the unnecessary clutter, the organization will take care of itself.
This kitchen shelf (mine) looks nice and neat, but only because there is nothing unnecessary on it. If it were more full, it could be just as “organized” –all the bowls together, all the cookbooks together — but it would also be cluttered, and I would have more difficulty getting the materials I need.
If you don’t use it and you don’t love it, don’t let it get in your way!
The idea is to keep only the things that Fit your life, have a Function in your life, and/or give you a Feeling of joy. You can read more about my “Three Fs” decluttering method in my post “Should it Stay or Should it Go?”.
A friend/client of mine (I’ve mentioned her before) is gaining momentum in her quest to simplify her life. It’s all starting to click for her, and she has been writing about it here: The Difference Between Being Organized And Uncluttered | The Music Within Us.
In the spirit of simplicity, I will let her blog post speak for itself.