by Designer Lori Esterly

Posts tagged ‘Reading My Tea Leaves’

A New Friend of Mine

Hello Everyone,

As I sit here waiting for my son during music therapy, I wonder what in the world I am going to write about.  Then something hits me…

I just found a blog that you might be interested in.  This blog is written by a young women, Erin Boyle who literally lives  in a  tiny apartment that is only 240 square feet in New York City.  And you think that’s not soooo bad until I tell you that she lives with her boyfriend too.  The two of them share 240 sq ft.  THAT’S TINY!!!  My bedroom is 200 sq. ft. 10ft x 20ft.

However she describes how to live like this happily in her blog reading my tea leaves.  She has some really great ideas for organization, surprise, and a refreshing way of looking at things.  She describes how she only keeps the things she really loves and discards anything that she really doesn’t need.

What a difference in comparison to the typical American lifestyle.  The article that I read about her and her boyfriend is not one of complaining and loss but of freedom and happiness.  She reports that she loves her apartment!  And think how quick cleaning must be with 1 and a half rooms plus a bathroom.

I don’t know about you but I know I could really use a cleaning out of my spaces.  The problem is I start and then get stuck, usually by running out of time before completing my task.  If I got rid of all of the stuff that I really don’t need like those books taking up space on my shelves that I intended to read but never got to, or the clothes in and out of the closet that I have been meaning to take to Goodwill, plus the stuff that I don’t really know what to do with.  My spaces would be fantastic!!!

You have to understand that my room is the house catch all.  Everything goes into my room at some point.  Even groceries wind up in my room sometimes.  I can’t figure out how that happens.  But anything that does not have a home winds up in my room.  Yes, my room is…dare I say it, a pig sty.  There I said it for the whole world to see.  But I keep getting rid of things and it keeps filling up. I swear I have help filling up my room.

The problem is that I hate it this way.  It makes me grumpy and less productive.  I want to clean out and get rid of stuff.  I want my spaces tidy.

Ok, here comes the hard part…

So I’m going to start again.  I am going to clean my room.  I’m going to set one day a week…um, Tuesday morning.  Every Tuesday morning I am going to get up a little earlier and spend one hour tidying up my spaces , especially my room.

I am going to clean my room and I want you to hold me to it.  I am going to get rid of stuff that is just taking up valuable space that I need to utilize.  What I can sell, I will sell.  What I can’t, I will give away or throw away.  I will not make piles to deal with later.  I will deal with them the first time.  My GOAL is to have this complete by the end of summer.

You heard it here. Now…where do I start?  I think I will look at this pile…Hey, Look what I found!

Three Strand Vintage Necklace of Pearls, Seed Beads & Ribbon

Matching Vintage Earrings of Pearls & Seed Beads

Have a Great Week and Oh, don’t forget to come back and hold me accountable too.

~ Lori

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