I am embarking on a massive spring cleaning at the oasis this year, and it involves decluttering and some simplifying. For inspiration, I think I might re-read Organized Simplicity*. It is a handy little book that is full of not-particularly-new-to-me information but I always get excited to clean out surplus stuff when I pick it up.
It seems like everywhere I look I find articles, books, and discussions about simple living. This idea is immediately appealing to me and I love the thought of having less to keep and take care of. The typical crafter’s dilemma is that I have supplies and idea books and magazines aplenty full of potential. This makes for a lot of visual and physical clutter which creates in my home what has to be exactly the opposite of an “Oasis.”
The first planned stop on my spring clean out is going to be magazines. I have kept many of these for years (yes, that top one is from 2006) for inspiration, recipes and ideas. I still have a big binder to hold samples and paint chips, etc., for the projects that are actually in process. One of the nice things about the modern age, though, is that now I can digitally record the things I like in these magazines on the same computer I use to plan designs, crafts, and home updates. I like to use Plan to Eat for recipes (most magazines have a website where they post their recipes). I will use Pinterest and other online tools for home improvement and craft ideas. I am still a little old fashioned when it comes to design, so those are still on grid paper in a binder, but at least it’s just one binder.
My hope is that by reducing the clutter our minds can relax, our bodies can rest better and we can truly find the oasis at home that I am trying to create for my family and visitors.
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