I received an e-mail from a client last night and she wrote proudly, “I have spent the weekend ‘purging’ stuff from the house and doing long overdue cleaning.”
Clearing clutter is not only liberating but also important for our inner peace. As a designer, my world is filled with an extraordinary amount of ‘stuff’ – much more than most people. I’ve learned over time that I must actively manage this stuff or my studio (and my life) will spin out of control. Fortunately, I have organizing mentors in my life, including my sister, who is a bit like Miss Pomeroy (see below).
While many of us wait until January to begin organizing and clearing clutter, November and December are actually great months to begin the process. At this time of year we are in our china closets and in our basement or attic pulling out decorations. Most of us, especially here in New England, also switch from our Spring/Summer wardrobe to our Fall/Winter wardrobe. So it makes sense not to duplicate the effort again in January. Take a few extra minutes now and purge what you don’t want.
As you know, we’re working on our Effortless Entertaining Countdown and last week I sorted through my entertaining linens. I donated placemats and napkins and I laundered the remaining ones and pressed them with my favorite linen spray. I’m that much closer to a peaceful holiday.
Have a well-designed day,