Ever since I read Marie Kondo's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, I've been doing my darndest to live a more streamlined lifestyle. It isn't easy and I slip up constantly, but there are these moments and stretches I have of achieving organization and during these moments, an indescribable weight is lifted off of my shoulders.
In January, I planned almost every single meal I ate. I planned what I would wear for the week and made my bed every morning. I was well-fed, prepared, and rested. I also went to bed every night at 9:00, which was good for the body, but not for the Getting Things Done side of the house.
Was I more productive? Maybe. But boy did I feel like a free person. Then life got crazy again and I fell out of my routine. "Get it together, Cardone!" is what I tell myself, but only on the hour.
This does have something to do with a house. As I start to piece together and design rooms in my head, I am trying very hard to keep this minimalist philosophy in mind. It's easy to fill a room with trinkets and clothes and furniture. The real challenge, and I believe the real reward, lies in keeping it simple.
I read an interview on Into the Gloss in which the interviewee suggests getting everything out of your bedroom.
That sounds like a relief. Going to bed every night free of clutter and waking up every morning to land your feet on a fresh floor.
Regarding the white paint in the photo above to the right - the one with the adorable (and very clean?) kids playing on it - the interviewee suggested to Cup of Jo that committing to the color is critical:
So this was a rather lengthy way for me to say that I need to get my act together and to do so, I'll paint some things white. Thanks for stopping by!