One of my goals for 2018 was to get better organized. Ever since we moved (almost 2 years ago), I’ve been feeling really scattered and unorganized. Part of it is the fact that our house has been a constant construction site, and we still have things in boxes. But it has also been my frame of mine.
And I am not going to lie, I have become a little obsessed with the organization thing. I’m not ashamed. I recently spent an entire lunch with Charlie talking about organizing (and he told me he thought maybe I had a little OCD going on…) I’ve been talking about it some in my monthly newsletter too. I’ve been taking it slow so I don’t get overwhelmed (which doesn’t always work). But I am feeling really good about the things I have done.
So to take it all a step further, I decided to read A Simplified Life by Emily Ley. Normally I don’t read things like this (and by this I mean non-fiction or anything that might be in any way helpful), but I have followed her on social media for forever and I love her. So I decided to give her book a try. And I LOVED IT. I found it so inspiring! In fact, I went out and bought it for my mom to read as well.
Emily’s book is all about simplifying your life and making things work for you so you have an uncomplicated system that fits your needs. She talks about ruthless decluttering (which is what I am in the process of doing), and I love it. I am a major book hoarder, and I recently got rid of 3 large boxes of books and donated them to the Goodwill. It felt so good. Now I have room for more books, and my bookcases have a little breathing room. She also covers topics like meal planning, cleaning out your closet, cutting your schedule back, parenting, hospitality…Now, I found the first half to be much more suited to my life right now (I have no children and we never have people at our house), so I just sort of skimmed the second half. The entire book isn’t for everyone, but there is absolutely something in it for everyone. Plus I think it is the kind of book you go back to and revisit when you need a refresh.
I read it once all the way through, and I am planning on re-reading it as I implement things. One thing I really love about the book is that Emily stresses that you don’t need to spend any money on this. In fact, she tells you NOT to until you have read the book and really evaluated your situation. This is not “How to make your home look like it belongs on Instagram/Pinterest.” Another great thing about the book is that it has pages that have questions and places for notes, so it is almost like a semi-workbook.
There are a few things that I have found through my new organization kick that I thought I would put out there in case you are in the same boat I am.
1. It doesn’t have to be perfect. And it doesn’t have to be done in one day. Everything is a work in progress. I just keep working on it until I am happy… or until I lose my mind, whichever comes first.
2. Take things out of boxes and packages. I find this extremely helpful in my pantry.Unless there are something like instructions on the box, the excess packaging is doing nothing but taking up space.
3. Baskets are my BFF. I already knew this, but putting like items into baskets cuts down on so much visual clutter. Plus it makes things easier to find.
4. Less is more. Like I said, I am being ruthless in my decluttering. And I think this is a must if you really want to be organized.
So since I loved A Simplified Life SO much, I am doing a little giveaway. I really just want to share my obsession so we can have our own little Simplified club. I am giving away TWO copies to TWO lucky readers.
The giveaway will go until next Tuesday at midnight. The giveaway is open to US residents only, and I will email the winners to let them know & get addresses (*I won’t be announcing the winners on social media so please use an email that you check*). If I don’t get a response in about 3 days, I will pick a new winner.
And if you don’t win the giveaway, I hope you will consider getting A Simplified Life anyway. I think it is worth the money!
Have you read A Simplified Life? What are some of your favorite organization tips?