I had this post scheduled ahead of time to coincide with my planned "organization party" with friends. We've arranged a "cleaning party" system where we hop from house to house, helping each other purge and organize respective clutter. After all, it's much easier to help other people organize their stuff than to organize your own mess! While in the midst of cleaning I didn't snap any photos during the day with the bright natural lighting I prefer to work with! These pictures were taken into the morning hours after the clean-up was done.
We focused on the cluttered black bins in my IKEA expedit unit. Now all my herbalism homework, art supplies, and tools are neatly organized within. With my friend's helped I forced myself to donate and trash half-finished projects from years ago, along most my "I'm going to turn this into something...one day" bits and bobs.
I'm not nearly done, I want to read my reference books and magazines, take notes, then sell and donate them. I'm also starting a system to scan my business receipts ASAP so I can go as paperless as possible. But the afternoon's worth of decluttering was an inspiring start. My vision is to keep surfaces mostly uncluttered and to have a huge "gallery" statement wall in each room, taking advantage of my apartment's tall-ass ceilings!
Tomorrow I have a huge pile of boxes to drag to the thrift store. I can't wait to take tons of didn't-sell merch and not-done projects down the stairs...for the last time! Unfinished projects and objects you're not 100% passionate about block your energy. BIG TIME. They bog you down, like an anchor tied around your neck...when you're trying to swim for your life! Right now there's a Yuko curled up on my lap. I'm finally adding some pieces that were floating around to my vision book, and my writer's block is clearing. It feels so good to purge and organize!
What things do you have trouble letting go? I was saving broken souvenirs and unfinished projects but finally let them go. By the way, if you look to the right on the blog (click through to the blog if you're reading via e-mail) I have a post schedule added. I want to do organization/home or diy posts every Monday. Let me know if you have any particular requests!