Monday, December 30, 2013

Tiny House Wisdom

Love the clean lines of this gal's tiny house. I'm sure it doesn't stay that perfect all the time, but one thing is for certain: when you don't have room for lots of extra stuff, it's a lot harder to collect it. I'm  thinking we should call the tiny house lifestyle "preventive decluttering." What do you think?

Friday, December 27, 2013

Why Keep Stuff That Makes You Feel Bad?

When we did our major purge, I found my teenage diaries, written in spiral notebooks in my childish scrawl (which looks better than my adult scrawl, thanks to the fact that I use a keyboard too much, but I digress....)

I don't know why I dragged those diaries around for so many years. I always thought I would reread them, but whenever I tried, they either bored me or made me sad, because I'm one of those people who thinks the phrase "the best years of your life" (when referring to high school) could cause some kids to think "if this is as good as it's gonna get, why bother?" Seriously, I've found the post-teen years to be much better!

So when we were trying to downsize our way into this little house, I pitched every single diary. Seriously! And  you know what? I haven't missed them once.

Now that could change as I get older. But I doubt it. I've learned not to keep around things that make me feel bad. Apparently, I'm not the only one, either.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Permanent and temporary gift stations

I like the idea of a gift station as this blogger has depicted, but some of us don't have that much room! For our holiday gift wrapping, we set up a temporary gift wrapping station on my sewing table. We have a long plastic box that we keep gift wrap and holiday gift bags in, and an large old holiday popcorn tin full of bows. Add a bag of miscellaneous ribbons and gift tags and we're good to go. The rest of the year, we keep those few containers in a cupboard under the basement steps.

When all the kids lived with us, I often bought Christmas wrap at the post-Christmas sales and packed them away for future Christmases. But what happened was that I bought too much and ended up not buying wrap for years! Even the wrap we use now is old, but most of it is still sealed in plastic so it's OK to use. Just looks a little dated. But no one complains; maybe they don't mind seeing it every year  :)

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Company's Coming! (Emergency Decluttering)

The other day I mentioned decluttering for the holidays. I'm fortunate that I went through a major purge a few years ago and don't really have to do a lot of decluttering before everyone turns up here for the holidays. But for those who are overdue for a clean-up (and I was one of them for many years, I must admit!), here's some helpful advice for those rooms that just seem to have filled themselves with stuff.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Decluttering for the Holidays

I enjoyed this post about decluttering for the holidays. We'll be having company on several occasions; I've been trying hard to stay on top of everything so that the place looks neat.

Having a little house, it amazes me how fast things begin to look messy if I'm not vigilant. So I'm working extra hard this year to declutter as I go. Besides, if I don't keep things clear, there'll be no room to wrap presents or bake cookies!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

How I Got Here

We once lived in a lovely big house, with five bedrooms and an office and a basement. We built that house ourselves, and raised our large family in it. And 20 years after we built it, we had to give it up, thanks to a major financial setback.

The memory still makes me kind of sad, but the result of our forced downsizing is that we live a much simpler and easier life. We have a very small house now, one that required us to give up most of our possessions to fit into it. Getting to this point has been quite an experience. Being a writer, I can't help but reflect on and share our stay tuned!