Blog: The Pile High Club--how NOT to become a member
Organizing in 600 sq. ft.
I just got back from 5 days visiting friends who just moved to New York. They used to be neighbors of mine, and like me, they lived in a comfortable 3/2 home (about 2,000 sq ft) with a pool and a huge backyard. Now they live in a 2-room (+ 1 very small bathroom), 600 sq. ft. apartment. Though they don't have children yet, they do have a small dog that also takes up a little space.
I remember when they moved, they sold everything (and I mean EVERYTHING) bringing with them only their clothing, their dishes, and one of their three television sets. I thought to myself, "well I guess they can buy whatever they need in NYC to replace all their things. Cheaper than paying to move them all." It turns out, other than a few pieces of furniture from IKEA (bed, dressers, futon, chair and one small table + 2 chairs at which to eat) they haven't replaced ANY of the other items they sold.
When we got to their apartment, it was deliciously sparse, simple, and LOVELY. There was such elegance in the minimalism. They had only a few well-placed wedding photos, 4 coffee table books, 2 candles, one jar of seashells and some house plants. That's it. Gone were the myriad tchotchkes, books, and clutter that used to fill their home. Now, it was just them and their dog. I was/am jealous and it has inspired me to once again go through my already-mostly-pared-down home to see what else I can part with.
I came home yesterday thinking, "I can get rid of even MORE of these 'things' that take up space in my house." What of them do I really need? So... a-purging I will go again this weekend!
IN OTHER NEWS...
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DO IT NOW. It won't take up any space. :)
posted on: 9/7/2010 9:43:16 AM by Heather Lambie
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My Husband - "Honey, how thin can you spread yourself before you're no longer there?" Me - "I don't know. But I'm in it to win it, so we may have to find out."
- The Sartorialist
This site appeases my hunger for all things New York, reminds me of my time there, and gives me great ideas for unconventional looks.
- Toffee To Go
They are located in Tampa, very near me, but they deliver/ship nationally. They have THE BEST toffee EVER. It's buttery, salty, sweet--all my favorite things in one bite.
- The Container Store
I know this is a no-brainer for an organizer...but this place really turns me on!
- The Poetry Foundation
- Because I Said So (blog)
As a mom myself, this mom of 6 (!!!) has me in stitches.
- Michael Buble
If I wasn't happily married, I might be stalking him. Bar none, the best voice and best sense of humor!
Quotes That Move Me
- General H. Norman Schwarzkopf
"The truth of the matter is, you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it."
- Ivern Ball
"Most of us ask for advice when we know the answer but we want a different one."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"The secret of education is respecting the pupil."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen."
- Abigail Van Buren
"The best index to a person's character is how he treats another person who can't do him good, and how he treats people who can't fight back."
- Dorothy Galyean
"Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn't get you anywhere."
"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."
- Mark Twain
"To be satisfied with what one has; that is wealth. As long as one sorely needs a certain additional amount, that man isn't rich."
- Jackie Kennedy
"If you bungle raising your children, I don't think whatever else you do matters very much."
Places I'm Dying to Visit
Any how, any way, any time.
- Los Cabos, Mexico
- Alaska (via cruise ship)
- Marbella, Spain
Places I've Already Been
- Australia (Sydney)
- New Zealand
- Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora
Spent only one day here (took the Chunnel from London when I was there) but it was one amazing, beautiful day where I walked the flea markets, visited the Louvre, people-watched and used all 6 senses to experience it.
- Trinidad & Tobago
My husband is from here, so we go several times a year to visit family.
- Italy (Milan, Vicenza)
Things I'd Like To Do Before I Die
- Run a leg with the Olympic torch before the games begin
- See the monarch butterflies migrate to Mexico
- Ride a horse on the beach (in the water)
- See a prize fight (boxing) in Las Vegas
- Run the NYC Marathon
I ran the Disney Marathon in 2000 (pre-kids). Would love to run another post-kids, to prove I can.
- Have washboard abs.
- Eliminate self doubt.
- Own an apartment in Manhattan.
- Watch the ball drop in Times Square on New Year's Eve.
- Take an RV trip down the coast of California.