I've been reading this book called Organized Simplicity and I've been quite inspired by it. I downloaded it for free on my kindle (I don't think it's free anymore though, sorry) and I honestly had no expectations of it whatsoever. I was pleasantly surprised though. It's premise is pretty simple (no pun intended). Living simply allows you to live life more fully. Getting rid of your clutter and getting organized helps you to live more simply. Less stuff means less stress and more time to live with purpose. You get the idea. There are probably a million books like this out there, but this is the first one that I have ever opened. I really, really like the ideas presented in this book. I feel like often my house is too cluttered and in turn my brain is cluttered. Wondering where I put things and feeling overwhelmed at the things I need to get done...some of which I have written in my calendar, but others I am relying on memory for. I totally needed to read this. And she has some really great tips. Like making a family mission statement. That is not something I would ever in a million years do on my own. It's up there with color coding my sock drawer...just so not me. But maybe I need a little nudge in that direction. Being a stay at home mom / part time photographer is so flexible that I sometimes think I need a little structure. A mission statement. Some goals to strive for. Not that I don't have them, they're just floating around in my brain along with reminders of dentist appointments and school pick ups and housework that needs to be done. She has a ton of great ideas...which are right now floating around in my head too. One involves a more detailed daily calendar including task lists and checklists. Another main focus on her book is on tackling the huge job of simplifying your home. This is what I really want to get into. I feel like we have accumulated so much stuff over the past seven years of living here that I really just need a good purging to make me feel more relaxed. Some of you might think I'm crazy because I know some people have anxiety when they think about getting rid of things (seen that show Hoarders, anyone?) but I am the opposite. When I look around at piles of stuff I get anxiety. When I look at the stack of filing in our bedroom it makes me have heart palpitations. And the laundry on my daughter's floor makes my back stiffen when I walk in her room. I really just like a simple, organized home. The problem is...it is not as easy as it sounds. She details a 10 day plan for de-cluttering and cleaning your home. And it's awesome, it really is. When I first read it I was totally motivated to start the next day. The problem is that I really need a vacation from my life in order to fit it into my schedule! I know I don't have to do 10 consecutive days, but that would be ideal. And I think some of the things she suggests would take one day will take me more than one day...actually, I know they will. Those are just more excuses though. I need to just get off my butt and do it! I know I do. So this is really more of a personal pep talk than anything. I say I want to live more simply and have more free time and I know that this will help. If anything it will help me to be more calm inside. So, I'm making a commitment here to fill you guys in on my progress. And feel free to ask me about it if you haven't heard anything for a while. And feel free to come over and help me if you live nearby! I make a pretty good pot of coffee, you know. Anyone...anyone?