Monday, October 18, 2010

Decluttering and Organizing is a gift!

"Out of clutter, find Simplicity. From discord, find Harmony.
In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity."

-- Albert Einstein

Have you ever watched the show 'Hoarders'? It is so disturbing and yet I feel so bad for the people heart goes out to them because it usually stems from some kind of emotional trauma. I remember when my mom died, I was in a state of shock for a while. I did a great job of pretending to be okay and pretending to be strong but when I closed the door behind me at home, it was the farthest from the truth. I just stopped caring, yet it wasn't a conscious choice. It was just something that happened. It wasn't the kind of depression where you are crying or sleeping all of the was the kind where you just change and go dead a little bit. The caring stopped and once the caring stopped, it was easy to watch it snowball.

With lots of therapy...lots of time in God's hands...and lots of love from friends and family...I was able to get out of the fog, dust myself off and clean the mess around me. But...I remember what it felt like to be in the fog so now it's like the pendulum has swung so far the other way, and I am somewhat obsessed with cleaning and organizing.

Besides a big project that I have been working on because of a deadline...I spent most of this weekend cleaning and organizing my craft room. It's always been pretty organized but you know sometimes you need to tweak a few things and re-organize.

All of my glue and adhesive things are in one drawer. All of my scissors and cutting tools in another. I have a whole drawer of glitter...don't even get me started. My name is Michelle and I'm addicted to glitter. I blame my mother, she glittered everything! There's a drawer for ribbon, drawer for painting supplies, etc.

I let go of some things that I don't really use anymore and re-purposed the left-over organizer to give my jewelry making supplies a new home. I love it and whipped a couple of earrings just because I had it all right in front of me.

If you get these as a birthday gift...act surprised :)

The big white bin is everything scrapbooking. I wish I had more time to do it and have been spending some time learning how to digital scrapbook. So much fun! And each of my current projects have their own portable just keeps things straight in my head that way. Do you spy some dryer-vent pumpkins on their way to adorable?

I even took my embroidery floss and put them on some labeled bobbins so that I always know what I have and what I need. I already have doubles and would like to avoid that in the future.

So yes, I'm obsessed with organizing, but it keeps me sane. When my house is clean and organized, I feel like I can focus on the things that are important and my thought process is much more clear. I'm sure this is a lesson that many learned younger in life, but I'm thankful that I get it now. I love it and I wouldn't have it any other way.


  1. Ah. It feels so good to get organized doesn't it? Like taking a deep breath. Yay you for getting a grip in this area.

  2. can't wait to get my pumpkin!!! =)

  3. Good job on organizing ....I need your manual on it. :O)