Fall in Love with Less

It’s officially autumn.  Isn’t that crazy?

Anyhow, we bought a crib!  Also, the nursery-to-be was a mess…

The first few months we lived here, we didn’t have set plans for our third room.  Because of this, we just put the things that had no urgent need in there and decided we would sort through it all when we had time.  Well, now with the weather getting a bit cooler and (most importantly) with little Baby R on the way, we had to get moving on cleaning, organizing, and simplifying.

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”

I spent the weekend cleaning or — as most people like to call it — nesting.  I spent 2 hours organizing our bedroom, 3 hours in the nursery, then an hour in the guest room.  Closets are now beautiful and clutter all now has its place.  Anything without a home went into a donation bag.  I ended up with 3 big bags for donations and a large bag of trash.  It’s nice to get all of that out of my hair already.  I’ve been meaning to simplify life a bit, so it really was a breath of fresh air to see all of that junk go out.  I also went through my shoes and said farewell to quite a few of those too.  How did I accumulate so much mediocre stuff?

“If you are going to have less things, they need to be great things.”

If you’re wondering why I started with our bedroom first, it’s because I knew items in the nursery would need a home, and if our bedroom wasn’t very organized, I wouldn’t have had a clue where to put anything.  Planning ahead, you know?

The thing that helped make the weekend most successful is that I actually set aside chunks of time to do things as if they were meetings I had to attend.  If I didn’t finish one assignment in the allotted time, I tidied up and went to the next thing.  Well, that was the plan anyways.  Luckily, I just got through everything as needed.

Check out the before-and-after of my closet.  I’m so proud of myself…

I was actually hoping to purge even more, but letting go of some pieces was harder than I thought.  I’m trying to encourage myself to mix-and-match my current pieces instead of going out to buy more for fall, but we’ll see how that goes. Adjusting to a more simplistic life.

“Have less.  Do more.  Be more.”

I also got a new little vanity set that’s going to help me downsize a lot of my makeup and accessories.  This is something else I’ve been meaning to do for a while.  Life just feels so complicated and ugly when you have so much STUFF.  Sweet and simple for everything – that’s the key.  I hope to be able to hold on to this mantra for a long, long time.

Now, I just need to get the husband to put together the crib this week 🙂

“Minimalism is not the lack of something; it’s the perfect amount of something.”

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