I was hoping to have a design or decor project (or at least the attic office mood board) for you today to give you a break from all the miniatures talk. (By the way, go vote if you haven’t yet!)
But I don’t.
As much as I have been getting rid of lately, the more I look around, the more I see stuff we don’t use.
We have house guests coming soon. And once again, my office/guest room looks like this:
While our home is slowly getting more simple, and I’ve made a little progress with my scheduling, things are still too complicated, and it’s starting to drive me nuts.
Is it about a lack of organization? No. Is it about not having enough space? Definitely not. It’s not even about putting this away immediately after using them. It’s about having too much stuff.
Bear in mind, my office/guest room is under 100 square feet. I can do better than that, and I plan on it, but that’s all I had time for this morning. The work will continue, in this and every other room until I can work in it and not have to spend an hour cleaning up after the work is done.
(I also priced things for the yard sale as I was tossing them in the basket to make actually having the yard sale that much easier.)
Of course, I like my rooms to have a little more warmth and personality than Joshua’s, but I think we often kid ourselves into thinking our clutter is what gives the room warmth and personality.
As I was cleaning out my pencil cup, I thought, “Well, I use the red and green pens pretty often, I’d like to have those within reach. And I probably use the paper clips several times a week, if not daily.” But do I really? No.
Besides, if I need them (probably once every couple weeks), all I have to do is turn around and grab the office supply basket off the shelf. They don’t need to be on my desk.
So, while my advice for today is not about pretty decor, I do have some. Go drastic. Cut back everything in any particular space for a week and see what you actually do need and what is actually adding clutter and causing distraction.
And in addition to the assignment, I’d love to hear from you crafters: how do you keep your creative work from overtaking your house? Do you have a system or ideas to help a girl out?