Monday, October 20, 2008

the secret to organizing

i absolutely love how i feel when things are organized. that's what this fall has really been about at my house. slowly but surely i'm trying to get back my organizing skills that i had when we bought our first little house. really, that was the most organized i have ever been it seems. i was trying to figure out why... and i've come to a few conclusions a.) it was a small place 1200 sq ft. b.) i didn't have much and when we moved into that house i didn't have enough to fill in all the storage space that came with it. c.) it was OURS (our first ours) believe it or not that made a huge difference in my eyes, and d.) it was before we started moving every few years.
since buying our second home, i feel like i'm slowly getting back to that organizing *need*. we've been here the longest in the past 4 years...a whole whopping ALMOST 2 years. yeah moving is tough...and i've been having those nesting feelings that everything should have a place. only problem is: we have more kids, we have more furniture, we have more STUFF, we even have more pets...so i'm trying to reclaim simplicity which has come to be the real secret to organizing in my eyes... constantly weeding out old, or un-used items is the best place to start. i've started in my closets and gone out...just think about it. less clothes means smaller mounds of laundry, smaller mounds of laundry means easier times stuffing the clothes into the drawers, which means less clothes lying around not knowing where to house them. so i'm applying that (again) to every single drawer, closet, nook and cranny in my house. then i will try to tackle my car which you basically need to be up to date on all your tetanus shots to feel safe to get into (but i guess that's a cleaning thing not an organizing thing)...happy organizing.

**as a disclaimer i want to let everyone know that i will not *reclaim simplicity* in buying fabric, i will forever indulge in buying fabric, THAT ALSO makes me happy, just wanted to be clear on that!

11 comments:

Christina said...

In so many ways, this is like reading a post I should have written! It feels so good to organize. And of course you can never have too much fabric!

Janis said...

What an inspiring picture! Reminds me it's time to work on my shelves again. I love your fabric groups and colors. I think your "stash" tells a lot about you, don't you? I appreciate your comments about simplicity. I commented to my husband this week my goal is for us to be minimalists. He said - what?! And oh yeah, you're right, that excludes fabric!

Miss Jen said...

Amen baby! 9 times out of 10 if you can't stay organized it's because you have too much stuff!

Sandy said...

I totally agree that simplicity is the key to organization - we've always had tiny apartments, until now - and it seemed like I just never had enough space for everything. Brainflash: get rid of some of the stuff!:)

Your shelf looks awesome!

Aubrey said...

Wow, you have a ton of cute fabric, are organized, take cool pictures, and have lots of black shoes. And all your hangers match are all evenly spaced.

Can I be you?

Oh, di you guys make that cool shelf thing you store your fabric in? I'm really liking it.

V and Co. said...

haha! i've been organizing so that picture of my evenly spaced hangers was taken RIGHT after i organized it! and the black shoes, yeah i like black and brown but mainly only wear them to church because usually i have flip flops on, well until the snow MAKES me wear something else!
no i didn't make the shelf it was given to me by someone who had it in with where they kept their horses!
and yes fabric does say a lot about you...notice there is no purple...i don't know what i have against purple?!

Nikki said...

You are so right! I'm in the middle of trying to do a big clean out. It would be so much easier if my husband didn't think that he had to keep everything.

Becca said...

How do you do your delighful picture collages? Photoshop? Did you have to buy the program?

V and Co. said...

no it's a flicker program you can find it at:
http://www.bighugelabs.com/flickr/
and i used the mosaic maker. i love it!

Becca said...

thanks! another question though...i made it and set up an account, etc, now i'm trying to blog it and it won't let me b/c my blog is private. is there a different way to add it to your blog, like a code???

little mama said...

Hi, I just stumbled onto your blog and I LOVE everything about it. So amny great ideas and tips, and I love the vision you have of what things COULD be. I'll be coming back!

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