How to Be More Organized

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“I always carry lots of stuff with me wherever I roam, always weighted down with books, with cassettes, with pens and paper, just in case I get the urge to sit down somewhere, and oh, I don’t know, read something or write my masterpiece.” -Elizabeth Wurtzel, author

The creative process and organization are closely aligned. While the word “organized” may make some people think of a grey, stifled office cubicle filled with dead-looking filing cabinets, you can be organized in such a way that promotes the creative process. The trick requires balancing the process with the end result. Essentially, you need to use organization as a tool to aid creativity without stifling your energy. Continue reading

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Wishing Upon a Shore

Beach feather in the sand

As a child, I spent my summers at the family beach rental — getting up early to watch the sunrise and falling asleep at night on a couch in the screened porch. Everything was a little damp and too warm — perfection. At that beach house, I made a lifetime supply of bad watercolor art. I sketched and read back issues of national geographic. I talked to strangers. I acted precocious and peculiar. If there is a place where my soul was formed, it was sitting on the end of a bulkhead, endlessly trying to capture the toxic waves of the Jersey shore in green and gold glory.

Atlantic City Feeling

“I’m going to be a diving girl!” proclaimed Sonora at the outset of Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken. Released in 1991, this film rolls along with the nineties nostalgia by reminding us of our romanticized Great Depression fixation as we head into our own roaring twenty-twenties. As much as I am prone to mock the melodrama, I still replay the “jumping on the horse” scene each time I need motivation. Because I can often relate to the metaphorical, “Look ma, there’s a girl climbing the tower.”

 

The ambition, the angst, and windblown bob continue to capture my imagination. Currently, the shift dress silhouettes and boardwalk beachwood inspire my  aesthetic.

A Seaside Place

At the aforementioned getaway, I would often paint at an aluminum table on the porch — which I begged my family to keep in storage. The ornate legs were difficult to sand and refinish, which I kept in their original glossy white. The green top always capture’s people’s imaginations. For some, it reminds them of a similar piece in their own home. Others have never seen a similar vintage piece. This table fits with my overall home vibe: a simple, seaside place.

 

The beachy inspiration may be hard to detect if you assume themed seashell and beach umbrella style. My look does not hearken a tourist motel room scream toward theme. It’s a feeling inspired by the rush of grass on the dunes and the quiet, bleached tones of a wabi-sabi vacation home.

I’ve always yearned for a simple space, with useful, trusted, practical belongings, that provides a sanctuary for my art. With each apartment, this table sets the style – simple, useful, and trusted.

Vintage Dress- The Conscious Mercantile, Espadrilles – Target, Sunglasses – Franchesca’s

How to Shrink a Collection

While most collectors talk about growing a collection, minimalists look for ways to shrink their belongings. Below are some tips on how to decide which trinkets stay as a part of your beloved collection.

As a child, I acquired a small collection of lighthouses. Most were gifts, although some were souvenirs. Although I enjoy the whimsical structures, I really only display them in the warm months. It reminds me of the beach and family vacations. As an adult, I looked over the variety of pieces and picked my three favorite lighthouses. They are all sentimental and suit my taste. The first is from my paternal grandmother and made of wood. I always dreamed of going to see it at the Outer Banks and was finally able as an adult. The second was painted by my paternal grandfather on a piece of driftwood. It’s signed and special. The third is a bank that my grandmother customized. It’s ceramic and reminds me of love.

Although I started with over a dozen light-house themed trinkets, these are the ones that made the cut. Below are some tips to help you shrink a collection.

1. They’re sentimental.

I had a few pieces that I didn’t remember getting. Since I didn’t have an attachment to them, they were really just taking up space. Consider this when you go through your own collection. Do you remember when and where you got each piece? Do you recall who gave it to you? If you don’t have a story for the trinket, it’s not sentimental.

2. They’re visually pleasing to me.

Several of the lighthouses I disposed were ugly to me. They just didn’t suit my taste. They may have been gifts but, I didn’t like them. Someone else will probably enjoy them more so, I passed them on. When you’re going through your collection, look at each piece individually. Do you find them all pleasing? Don’t simply keep them to make your collection look huge. Keep the ones that you find attractive.

3. They fit in my home.

These lighthouses are the right size for a shelf accessory. Others were very large or very small. Still others were plastic, glittery, or derivative. These three look right in my home and I can imagine incorporating them into future living spaces. When you’re going through your collection, consider whether each piece fits with your home. If you don’t have a space to display a huge collection, consider shrinking it. If you don’t like dusting, pick which pieces are easiest to clean.

These tips can help you little-by-little shrink a collection down to the few perfect pieces. A small, special collection will bring you more joy than a large, cluttered collection of meaningless trinkets.

Have you ever cut down one of your collections?