Wednesday, June 29, 2005

i am visual.

I am so affected by what I can see. Clutter drives me crazy. I can't think clearly when there are piles or messes around me. So I am usually not thinking clearly because I can't seem to control the clutter.

And here's the weird part - the part that sinks my Good Ship Lollipop on a daily basis. If I can't see something, it's kinda not there. I know, most people grow out of this when they are about 9 months old. If I can't see it, it's gone. I just have this fear of forgetting about I leave them out where I can see them. That creates clutter.

It's a vicious cycle.

So I'm working on it in a couple of different ways. I'm decluttering as much as possible. Clean lines, no extra decorative stuff sitting around. Just fresh flowers, some plants, my kids art. That way, all the stuff cluttering up my visual space is fair game for being either put away or thrown away. The other thing is that I am still working on storing everything (I mean everything) in clear, labeled storage - one deep. So when I open my closets and cabinets, I can see everything I own.

And, honestly, don't we own so much more than we need?

Over the last two years, I have really enjoyed minimizing the amount of "stuff" that we own (with the amazing help of the Flylady). It has made a gigantic, immeasurable difference in my quality of life. This definitely benefits every member of the family. (Cuz you know if Mama's happy...)

My scrap room is a bit of an exception to my "minimizing" strategy, but I'm getting there.

The wise woman builds her house,
but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.


khuddle said...

I wish I was as organized as you. At work = Organized. At home=chaos. I need to purge and I need to take notes from your blog.

kellicrowe said...

reason # 46 why I like Stacey Kingman
this blog
the comment about the 9 month old
the forgetting stuff if it is gone
the visual
the need for clean lines
the containerizing and labels (ahhhh)
see, Stacer, I read this and I feel normal
recap:#46 is Stacey makes me feel normal

Mar said...

I would love less clutter too. Unfortunately I have a "collector" hubby and a small house. At least I have our bedroom, and the kitchen that I get to keep up in my way. I have a dream....... Mar