Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Inspiration on a Monday: Organisation
As I attempt to fulfill all of my goals and resolutions for the year there are a few particular bloggers and Instagrammers and other people that are helping me to stay focused and on track. I thought that I would share some of them with you and hopefully you may find someone new to inspire you too. I will share one each week. This week I’m focusing on organisation (as most people are - or their diet - it’s probably pretty equal).
I find that I am tending towards minimalism more and more - not to say that my style is minimalist but my tendency to keep things “just in case” is starting to fade away. I now am pretty ruthless when it comes to decluttering and will even throw out (donate) things that have emotional attachments. It is so much less stressful when you have less stuff. For example, I don’t have to pull out 20 mixing bowls, have four chopping boards fall over, move the gigantic olive oil I buy and then slide the plastic jugs over to get to the steamer basket anymore - much less frustrating.
The people keeping me on the straight and narrow at the moment are Coco from lightbyCoco, Carrie from CarrieLeighAnna and FlyLady
Coco lives in San Francisco in a studio and doesn’t even have a bed (it took me awhile to figure that
one out)! Her husband is also a minimalist and they have systems in place that allow them to spend time at home efficiently and happily without a whole lot of stuff. Her videos also are great because she does tours of her whole home (which is tiny but you don’t realise it until the moment you see it) and it really does demonstrate how little you need to live comfortably.
Find Coco on Instagram
Coco's blog here
Coco on YouTube
Carrie is a SAHM who recently moved to Kentucky from somewhere (can’t remember) and she is also into being a minimalist but also into living naturally. Since reading and listening to her I have begun to not use shampoo and will not spend anymore money on toiletries and half the things I buy probably. There is also an extremely personal side to this blog which I like because even though Carrie looks pulled together and organised - she shares her issues with infertility and food - it helps to keep everything in perspective.
Find Carrie on Instagram
Carrie's Blog here
Carrie on YouTube
The other help I find is via an email subscription. I have signed up to FlyLady in the past and found it very helpful to get me into a good morning routine that helps my day flow smoothly. FlyLady is a website that has a lot of great (free) resources as well as encouragement's and ideas to help you get organised and stay that way so that again - life is less stressful. But the best bit is that while you follow this basic pattern every day - there is also a focus area of your home each week. The focus area is decluttered every day for 15 minutes until you are happy with the amount of stuff. Then you can detail clean in that area for 15 minutes each day. Who can’t find 15 minutes? It’s amazing what you can get done in that time.
FlyLady lives here
There are about a zillion other great people to follow on Instagram and I'm sure there are more on Twitter (which I don't really do). If you have someone you follow and find helpful please link it in the comments section.
Next Monday I will be focusing on health for my Inspiration on a Monday post.