I recently finished Gretchen Rubin's The Happiness Project. If you haven't read it yet, I'm telling you, it's worth the read. To paraphrase, The Happiness Project is a result of Gretchen's adventures during a twelve month period she spent testing current scientific research and lessons from popular culture on how to be happier. One of the many things she discovered is that "outer order contributes to inner calm" and "that the very smallest of changes can make the biggest difference."
With these two points at the forefront of my mind and the determination to take some action toward building more happiness in my life, I enlisted the help of my dear friend - and organizing expert - Lauren Silveira, of Organized for Life, for some clutter-clearing advice. She enthusiastically offered to come over and help me purge. We spent the better part of a Sunday afternoon pulling everything out of my closet and dresser drawers and creating three piles: one for donation, one for the PVD Lady Project Clothing Swap, and one for the dumpster. Then, Lauren miraculously turned my atrocious shield-yourself-when-you-open-the-door closet into a beautiful boutique! (Before and after photos pictured below.)
It's amazing how much clutter I accumulated without even realizing it!: 5-years worth of Halloween costumes, a huge bag of black shirts I was hanging onto from my past life as a waitress - just in case, and tons of t-shirts collected from road races and events over the years. I mean really, how many t-shirt does one girl need? Turns out, not that many.
I'm still in awe of how amazing this closet clean out has made me feel: lighter, more energized, and excited to go shopping in my own boutique every morning. Not only is the space beautiful to look at, I can SEE and GET to everything easily! No longer am I searching through drawers, digging through plastic bins under the bed, or ruffling through piles on the bottom of my closet floor. My old routine had me wasting so much time, causing me to feel totally stressed as I rushed out the door. Not a pretty morning routine.
Lauren is all about creating systems that work. She firmly believes that clutter is the gatekeeper to abundance. Simplifying creates room for prosperity to flow into our lives.
I encourage you to take the plunge and make the purge. Not only is your happiness level is sure to increase, the minutes you save getting ready in the morning will increase, as well! Reallocate those minutes for something you love: a few extra minutes of sleep, spending time with your partner in bed, meditation, or writing that blog post you've been longing to write. Tell me in the comments below, what do you plan to do with your extra time?
Want to learn more about Lauren and her services? Stay tuned for Friday's Feature: Celebrate Each Other with Organized for Life.
Cheers to a happier, more simplified, beautiful life! P