it's funny how that happens ... one thing leading to another ... i started on that clean-up/organize train largely inspired by many blog posts i'd been serendipitously finding ... (signs people, signs i tell ya!!) ... the one that really gave me that kick-in-the-butt was this post at livesimplybyannie.com - wow, can that girl declutter, reorganize and make things look real pretty ... love her gorgeous simple and clean website!! here are her 5 declutter questions to ask yourself when purging/decluttering/organizing etc. etc. (she gives more explanation to each question on her post so be sure to check it out)
- would i buy it today?
- will i wear/use it tomorrow? this week? (how do you feel about it NOW, forget the past!)
- do i have a space for it? (overcrowding decreases accessibility to all things!)
- is it unique?
- does owning it/wearing it/using it make me feel good about myself?
i've come across lots of these kind of questions before, but this list really resonated with me, especially #2 and #3 ... so when claudia helped me tackle my bursting-at-the-seams closet over the long weekend, she invoked many of these questions including: "mom, do you really think you'll wear that so "2008" jacket even if you loose X number of pounds?? ... seriously though mom!!"
a few tears, many swear words, 4 hours and 5 garbage bags full of clothes later, my closet had space to breathe and i felt "lighter" ... it feels so good to let go of that "baggage" ... and i'm thinking the woman's shelter that's getting all the clothes that are still fine (just not for me or my current size!) will be thrilled ... and natch, i didn't take a before or after pic of my closet ...
but the closet purge quickly led to my kitchen cabinets a few nights later and i ended up with this ...
ahhh ... feels so good to be organized and have some clean and tiddy cupboards again ...
and the cupboard reorg prompted me to finally use the ingredients that have been hanging around for awhile to make these:
chocolaty pretzel and peanut bars ... of course martha's picture looks much more appetizing than mine, so to see her scrumptious photo and recipe click here ... and these squares are being packaged and shipped off across the country to a small quaint university ...
and that my friends is how a blog post leads to a few clean closets and cupboards, which leads to garbage bags full of clothes and expired pantry items, which leads to some delicious squares, which i'm thinking will lead to one happy son, living far from home, which leads to a very satisfied and happier me!!
yes, one thing leads to another, totally makes sense right?!!??!!
what's been your most recent chain of one thing leading to another? do share!!