Thursday, March 6, 2014

The Obligatory Spring Closet Cleaning Post

Every year around this time, I have a quick internal battle about whether to do a spring closet cleaning related post. It's the topic of the day/week/month on most blogs, so what else can I add? Nothing, really. So I'll just share one that I thought was pretty darn helpful.
This handy guide to cleaning out your closet is from The Every Girl, one of my favorite websites for gals to date. Other than the inspirational articles they publish, I just love looking at the pictures from their home tours - kudos to whoever their photographer is!
Read more tips on The Every Girl here.
Happy Spring Cleaning!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Monday Musings | Letting Things Be

Happy Monday!


Is it purely a coincidence that I am now on a Monday schedule with posting? Today I want to share something  about myself that became very clear to me after all these years -  I have a hard time letting things be. If something is out of place, I want to fix it instantly. If something doesn't turn out the way I imagined, I want to change it up immediately.

For example, I'm trying to form a habit of buying fresh flowers once a week. I am currently on my third week and so far so good. However, this week's flowers didn't turn out like I expected and I found myself wanting to run out and buy more flowers, a different vase, etc to fix it. I just wanted to fix it. When I felt my self starting to get annoyed, I had a moment of clarity. I told myself: it's not the end of the world. You have next week to try again. And if the world ends before next week, then you should have better things to worry about.

After that brief moment of clarity, I decided to just let the roses be. But it got me thinking about other areas of my life where I have a hard time just letting things be. I am now aware that sometimes I focus on fixing one thing when I have realized that I can't fix something else. I can't do anything about X, but instead of admitting that, I move on to Y and try to fix that instead. Trying to fix life is not fulfilling, because there will always be something to fix.

I don't think perfection is a bad thing. It's just a misunderstood concept. Perfectionism at its best is dedication, focus and hardwork. But at its worst, perfectionism is unecessary pressure. And sometimes, we seek perfection because we are secretly seeking approval. And, when it's all said and done, I don't need approval on flower arrangements. Or anything else for that matter. Free.

Have a great week :-).

Monday, January 27, 2014

Books for Elevation | Decorating with Books

Happy Monday! You can probably tell that I'm really enjoying my work space - I'm enjoying it so much that I am inspired to include fresh flowers on my desk as often as possible. It just makes Mondays that much easier to deal with :-).

This time, I decided to use a mason jar as a vase to make the arrangement small but neat. But, because the mason jar is much lower than my usual vases, I felt like the flowers were sitting too low and needed a little "height." I also felt like my picture frame was hidden behind the document tray. One thick book of poems I bought from Barnes and Noble years ago, and problems solved!


As much as I love to read, I also use books as decor props when possible. Classic books are great for this purpose. You can use books to decorate your mantle, coffee table, nightstands, office space and more. Plus, you'll free up space on your shelves for more great books :-).

Have a great week, and stay warm! 

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