Elaborate is Wholly Unnecessary
I call dibs on this space… “What space?” you ask all surprised. “It’s only 12 inches deep, five feet high, and 3 feet wide!” True, there’s no place to sit and relax there, but I claim this space in the name of order and simplicity.
When we first moved into our new house, everything was chaos. This little niche became the hotspot hangout for every stray piece of paper, loose change, and various odds and ends. It was an easy spot to rest things down when we had no dining table and no sofa.
Before I go on, I have a confession to make. All my life I have struggled with clutter. I accumulated things that I might need sometime in the future. I was unable to get rid of things that had never been used and besieged by things that had long outlived their relevance. With all this clutter afoot I couldn’t function properly. Bills were forgotten, appointments were missed and motivation was at an all time low.
So what did I do? I went on a purge campaign! I still have a way to go, but what an improvement!!! I started small areas where I could tame the clutter, master organization, and stave off procrastination. I banished everyone’s clutter including my own. When I noticed that someone left something there that didn’t belong, I would have them pick it up and find some other place for it (even if that other place was a junk heap in some other area of the house – ahem, like our garage).
After about a week of my vigilant patrolling, we stopped dumping our junk in this spot and I decided to decorate it. It’s one tiny area that I can manage to keep neat with little to no effort. With simple metal wall art and a few candles, this space has been rescued from the ever shifting sands of disarray. It is one small victory in the battle against clutter and one giant leap for me.
The niche of anti clutter is between the kitchen and the family room.
Here’s a closer look although there’s not that much to see.
Now that this spot is tamed, I really need to tackle the garage!
What’s your little reclaimed space and what’s your next “need to be tamed” project?