One of the absolute best books I bought this year was Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.
You need this book in your life.
I’ve been trying super hard to streamline every single thing in my home this year. It actually hasn’t happened as quickly as I would have liked, due to the fact that I have basically worked almost every day this year. At the time of writing this post I am pseudo enjoying my first day off in 50 days. (I say pseudo enjoying because instead of lying around with a good book and variations on cups of Teavana tea or glasses of wine I was working on decluttering and organizing….)
I did however get fast-tracked on the project the day I came home from this past Glam Italia Tour when my home flooded. Walls were cut out, floors came up and the universe nudged me into
de-cluttering my bedroom and bathroom.
I’m in love with my new floors and walls, but more importantly am absolutely in love with my bedroom and bathroom being completely de-cluttered. As in most of my stuff is stacked up in my front room, but whatever – I’m finally getting to it!
It’s amazing how much better you sleep, relax and focus in a completely de-cluttered environment. It really is magic!
My facialist talked me into buying the Crystal Decor 6″ to 14″ Inch Dimmable Hand Crafted Natural Himalayan Salt Lamp On Wooden Base – 7 to 8 inches on Amazon.com, which was actually difficult at all, because you can talk me into buying pretty much anything.
I really love it. The Himalayan Salt Lamp cleans the air, makes you sleep better, energizes you – it does so many fantastic things! It also looks really cool glowing away in the room. If you get one make sure you get one with a dimmer switch on it. (by the way they make really gorgeous gifts).
Today while working on moving things back into my bedroom I went to my favorite place, The Container Store, and bought some more of their Elfa mesh drawers. I have some in my office and they are brilliant so I decided to put some in my closet too.
|This is not my photo – at the time of writing this post mine are waiting for me to assemble them|
I wound up buying many more things than originally planned, but I don’t feel too badly about it because everything is getting so incredibly streamlined in the process. Also everything I buy there is so functional and has such clean lines both of which I am sure contribute to the magic of being organized and feeling sane while de-cluttering and tidying up.
I’m also super excited about a company I just found out about called Handy.com
|image from Handy.com by Catalina Kulczar|
I was talking to one of the girls at a PR firm I work with about how I’m not sure where I’m going to get the time to get my house Thanksgiving ready, being that I don’t have a cleaning lady at the moment and I’m working non stop. I have new floors and new walls, Himalayan Salt Lamps and Elfa mesh drawers, but I don’t have a cleaning lady :))
She told me that they do business with a company that specializes in cleaning homes called Handy.com. The link she sent me (and I’ve linked for you) has a New York landing page, but you just put in your zip code and it routes you to your area. I checked their reviews online and they were really good. I also clicked around their website and found some things that single girls will love.
Handy.com not only does cleaning but they also have options for help with hanging things on your walls, putting furniture together, painting, plumbing and even electrical services! I always want someone else to come clean my house and I always have lists of things that need doing, so I’m pretty excited to be able to fast track some clean living thanks to Handy.com. Excited enough to tell you about it!
Buy yourself the book, invest in a salt lamp, book a house cleaning and have yourself a happy, clean and de-cluttered week!