March 20, 2012
It’s Spring! I couldn’t be more thrilled with the way the seasons have shifted. Two weeks ago it was very windy and chilly on the beach but this week is glorious! Things have really begun to change at the beach as the seasonal visitors have started to arrive. This week marks the first spring break for some schools and there are college kids, families and couples enjoying the beach now. I’ve got to face the fact that along with the nicer weather comes many more visitors, no more solitary beach walks now that spring has arrived!
Texture Tuesday::Solitary Beach Sunset (Kim Klassen Textures-ScratchedMagicJuly, Storm & WonderfulMagic)
I haven’t been here much lately and my posting has been inconsistent and not always focused and I’m sorry for that. I hope I don’t come across as flaky or too unfocused because I’m pretty clear on my path ahead! We are very busy as we wrap up our time living at the beach and look for part time jobs and housing as well as prepare to relaunch our businesses down in Charleston soon. We’ve also been doing some work and spring cleaning around my in-laws to help out and of course tax prep has been underfoot! This is the time of year I always do a wardrobe switch and even though I have a pretty through inventory of all our boxes in storage, locating summer clothes has been a challenge for me! There are 2 boxes in there somewhere that contain shorts and casual short sleeve shirts…goodness I hope we don’t have to dig too far back to find them! Happy Spring!!
March 11, 2011
“Living Empty means we release the things that are no longer in alignment with who we are becoming. The release itself tells us who that is. The emptiness shows us the way.”~Christine Kane
If you have been following my blog this year you may remember my word of intention for this year is Clarity! In beginning to clear away some of the physical (and emotional) baggage I’ve been dragging around I’ve recently realized that I want to help people find clarity in their own lives. I will be working towards becoming a Certified Professional Organizer over the next 1-2 years so this will be a subject you will be seeing more of here. I’m actually surprised I didn’t include de-cluttering in my Wednesday Wellness series! Living organized is living well! My objective in helping my clients is to: Cultivate creative solutions for a more joyful home.
Do you hang onto stuff because you think you might use it again one day or it’s simply sentimental or you just can’t part with it because you love it? There is no right or wrong answer but there are those of us that have a very hard time parting with things. I am not a hoarder by any means and I also don’t consider myself a minimalist (and I certainly don’t think everyone needs to be) I fall somewhere in the middle, which I suspect is where most people fall. I think we all have areas in our homes and our lives that get cluttered and overwhelming and sometimes we need a push to get started. I do think it’s a very healthy process to get rid of things that you no longer need and making even small changes in your home can create big changes in your life!
Every Spring and Fall I go through a period of purging that usually lasts a month or two. I get rid of things that I no longer need, things that are broken, things I just don’t love anymore and things that I know someone else could use more than me. I have a rule that I picked up somewhere, whenever I get something new I have to get rid of something. For example last week I got a new pair of PJ’s but I got rid of a pair (actually like 3) that were worn out and I didn’t really use any more. I also have a rule that I rarely buy books. I’m an avid Library user so I get tons of books from them and I consider all the late fee’s I get my contribution towards the library system. If I can’t find what I want at the library I usually ask around and try to borrow it and if that doesn’t work I may end up buying it myself. I love books but my house would be filled to the roof if I owned every book I read or wanted to read.
So, what are you doing this weekend? Why not get started on that Spring cleaning if you haven’t already. Maybe start with some books and some of those winter clothes you haven’t worn once this winter. Go ahead, give yourself permission to live a little lighter and find a little more joy in your new found space!