A few weeks ago, I set out on the task to get my house organized and purge everything I don’t need, want, use or love. It’s been quite a process and I still have a lot to do, but I have to tackle one space at a time. I also have to keep my family and business running, so I can’t drop everything and just work on my little pet project.
With a few key spaces cleaned and organized, I’m noticing some really amazing by-products.
1.) I am so much happier in the organized spaces. I don’t feel crowded or rushed or overly-busy.
2.) The spaces are much more functional. I can actually use things as they were meant to be used. I can not only sit in my office chair, but there is nothing hidden behind it or stacked in front of it. Glorious!
3.) I feel freed up to create. I walked down to my basement this morning to put some groceries in the basement fridge and my workshop lured me in. I started painting one small piece and then another. When I went back upstairs to wash my brushes, the lentils on the stove were sticking to the bottom of the pan and I left the eggs meant for my breakfast sitting out on the counter! Now, I do need to focus a little bit better, but it is awesome to feel that impulsive creativity. A couple of weeks ago, I would’ve avoided the workshop at all cost.
4.) I am making more money! That’s a surprising bi-product. For months, I’ve had things sitting in my house that people wanted to buy. My t-shirts and books were scattered in a couple of places and buried under other things. A chandelier someone asked to buy from me in May was buried as well. Now, I’m selling those things and moving inventory AND making money!
5.) I spent a few days sorting all of my boy’s Legos by color (and they helped, too), but I was unsure if that system would really work.
They love it. They are running in the door from school and pulling out the bins immediately to build Legos. They each have a “creation box” where they can keep completed sets, “creations” and in-progress builds. They’re getting much better at finding their own pieces and have been surprisingly eager to keep them organized.
6.) The boys have loved the organized Legos so much that they helped me organize and purge some of the toys in their room. We threw away a contractor-size bag of broken, mis-matched toys and donated a large plastic bin overflowing with “baby toys” and ones they don’t play with anymore. I was so proud of them, because they both tend to want to keep everything, but they’re learning that you have more fun with what you really like when you get rid of the things you don’t.
So, all of these things have motivated me even more to continue with the seemingly monumental task…room-by-room, shelf-by-shelf, drawer-by-drawer.
Today I spent a bit more time on product shots for my paint line, specifically the waxes.
I still have some more tweaking to do, but I’m really happy with how these turned out. I’m sure product pictures is going to be one of those ongoing projects…
Coming soon…I have a new dresser to paint and a new MMS Milk Paint color to introduce!