“Simplicity boils down to two steps: Identify the essential. Eliminate the rest.”
― Leo Babauta
With it being the first few days of the New Year, everywhere I look I see articles about getting organized. Some days I still don’t feel very organized, even though I probably am. We do manage to live in under 300 square feet with 2 adults, 2 children, and a dog! That’s got to count for something right?
I never thought Simplicity would be a goal of mine but once you start to find it, it is addicting. Honestly, the key to organization, no matter what Real Simple magazine tells you, isn’t to put everything in nice baskets and label with a label machine.
The key is to get rid of stuff. Non stop removal of the excess.
I always think about one of Flylady‘s quote when I’m sorting through things. ”You can’t organize clutter, you just get rid of it.“
This is SO true! It’s a whole lot easier to fit everything into a tight space when you cut out the unnecessary, rather than just trying to organize how you stuff it all in there.
In order to control our clutter, I am constantly assessing every cabinet, even when it feels like I just did it the month before.
After Christmas, I spent a few minutes on each of the kid’s closets. They (especially Scarlett) got so many cute new clothes as gifts that I was able to donate two grocery sacks full of old clothes.
I also did a quick (and secret) run through the toy bins and got rid of a few items that were no longer being loved on. He’ll never notice…
If you’re working on organizing in the new year, I urge you to focus on getting rid of more and organizing less! It’s freeing. It’s easier. And it’s worth it.