Eliminate The Unnecessary So That The Necessary May Speak

Eliminate the Unnecessary

The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak. -Hans Hofmann

I am still on my simple living kick. In some weird way it feels like the core of everything that doesn’t seem right. I know that it’s not. Maybe  it is because this is something that I can control even if other things seem out of control. Maybe this is where I start.

This pretty much sums up how I am feel about the unnecessary…

“When you’re at home and you look around and see a lot of clutter, you might find that you feel distracted or even unable to fully relax in your surroundings.  Unnecessary clutter has the ability to create excessive visual, olfactory, and tactile stimuli which can make your senses effectively work overtime. What’s more, the clutter can cause your sense to work overtime on things that don’t really matter. When that happens on an ongoing basis, your whole body can react negatively to the stress, including your lungs, immune system, and heart – not to mention your mind. In fact, when you feel overwhelmed by the amount of clutter in your home your eyes can send the message to your mind that you are out of control in your life. As a result, it’s helpful to your overall health to declutter your home, despite the fact that it might feel like a daunting task.” -The 2-Hour Decluttering Guide

In other words, clutter does not help.

Eliminate the unnecessary.

This makes me wonder that if we can create peace and beauty in our home, will it gravitate to the other areas of our life? Will this work in reverse? Will this peace and beauty that we have created in our home, make everything else seem more clear?

Could this be why I feel so drawn to this area in creating a beautiful life?

At the very least, it will give us a place of refuge. Shouldn’t our homes, if anything, be a place of refuge?

Take a look around your home and ask yourself what is your home saying to you. And more importantly, what do you want it to say?

It’s weird. I want to be able to look around my home and it have a sort of bare, but yet still homey feeling. I am not sure if my home says what I want it to say…

homey

minimalist

simple

open

cozy

creative

beauty

inviting

Hmmm.

I think I must want a country loft…with art.

Interestingly enough, I pin a lot of homes like that.

Now to figure out how to get there with a one story, ranch style home. Decorating is not my strong point. I had a friend who said it best. She said that you either have to really know what you are doing or have a lot of money. She is probably right. I knew NOTHING about decorating when I started, and I’ve learned about three things since then.

I guess that is some progress.

Oh, to have just ONE interior designer friend. But since I do not, I am going to try to attempt this myself.  It’s just as well. She would probably not be talking to me anymore after the subject of paint color came up. There has been a mutiny at my home, and no one will help me paint the living room again. ONE time, I changed my  mind, and you would have thought I would have asked them to paint the Empire State Building.

I am just really glad that I changed my mind and didn’t go with the orange. These people would have made me live with it.

But they love me in a million other ways. Painting for me…at least not the same room twice…is just not one of them.

I feel like I need a blank canvas. It’s like trying to paint a masterpiece over an old dime store print.

Yes, I said dime store.

I don’t know why. As if turning 50 next month isn’t dating me enough, I go and use “dime store” print. Lovely.

Let’s just pretend that didn’t happen.

I had a friend who had some flooding/water damage to her home and everything had to be taken out. She said the interesting thing was that after they only brought back in a fraction of what they had, she loved it so much that they decided to get rid of everything else.  She said it was unbelievable what just taking everything out did for her home. I do not think we are reality show hoarders material, but I think we just collect a few things over the years that we don’t need anymore. Our home no longer serves us. We seem to serve it.

Eliminate the unnecessary.

With a blank canvas of nice flooring, paint, the right drapes, and a few pieces of furniture, you can add a few pieces of art, and a few things that really matter to you, and you will have a beautiful space. It doesn’t take a lot. I think ultimately it is a matter of having less.

This is why I am decluttering. I am not about to move everything out of my home.

Decluttering is about more than just cleaning your house.  It’s about eliminating the excess stuff that’s making it impossible to use and enjoy the items that you really want and need. -Sharon Hanby-Robie

I am not a hoarder, but I have just collected a few things over the years that no longer serve me.

Less equals more.

Eliminate the unnecessary.

If I seem overly, obsessive about simplifying, this is why. I am on a mission. A difficult mission for me. I have two sides at war. One who attaches sentiment to EVERYTHING and has too many books, and interests that come with the most stuff; and the other side who is craving LESS. And BEAUTY.  And PEACEFULNESS. I am not sure if you know this, but I am into this whole “creating a beautiful life” thing.

I should probably mention that both sides are ADD.  There is one big party going on in my head.

But I must stay focused. Even on days where I do not feel like it all. Which is almost all of them.

But today was an insanely productive day for my simple living project. Are you ready???

FIFTY-FIVE more things GONE today.

Before you get too impressed, I must confess most of it was old magazines. But, hey, they are still gone.

FOUR bags total gone.

Day 13: 115 unnecessary things less in my life

I am making progress. Imagine if the day that might say 500 less things or 1,000 less things, or 5,000 less things. OK. I am not sure there would be anything left in my home. I just like to dream big.

I fully expect one of you to hunt me down and find out what is going on if I quit writing about my progress. You would do that for me, right?

I am trying to stay focused by reading on the subject and finding pictures for inspiration and will be sharing inspiration and tips.

What is your favorite tip for simplifying, decluttering, organizing, or decorating?

Is this just me, or do you ever struggle with this?

Eliminate The Unnecessary

so that the

Necessary May Speak

Creating a beautiful life,

~Topaz

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