The hu’band turned me on to Tiny House culture awhile back and my sister recently reintroduced it to me. Given the way my blog is trending and my reaction to the Tiny House, I think I’m getting sick of having too much stuff in my life. Watching this video made me want to pack a bag and move in tomorrow!
Couple Builds Own Tiny House
Seriously, sign me up!
Then I watched this video from a “professional organizer” about managing clutter and it made me cringe:
Both individuals are incredibly organized, but I’m much more drawn to one over the other.
Obviously, the difference is simplicity. How much stuff does a person actually need to function? Does anyone actually need to cover an entire door with pocketed office supplies? I would take me a decade to use up that many office supplies, (which I’m allowed to say because office supplies are quite nearly my favorite thing in the world)!
That said, I should mention I’ve been functioning at work with a completely paperless system for over three years now. I don’t know how I ever managed to keep my stress from killing me when I was organizing a thousand pieces of paper. Now it’s all nice and neat and digital! It keeps me focused, on-task and hyper productive. Not to mention working from home one day a week is a snap. I’ve never worried that I wouldn’t have something to be able to do my work, because I can get to everything from anywhere that has internet access.
Here’s the part where I derail my own rant. While my workplace is a well-oiled machine of efficiency, organization, and productivity, my house is actually kind of a wreck most of the time. I can’t even blame it on the hu’band and the kids. I can be pretty lazy when it comes to keeping our house put-together. I guess that means I’m not a type-A, psycho, clean-freak all the time. Go me!
Still, we’ve only lived in our current house since for six months and I’m constantly getting after my family (and myself) to keep things clutter-free. The linen closet might be my biggest pet-peeve when it comes to staying organized; probably because it seems like it should be the easiest. I added some simple labels to the shelves over the weekend to give the kids some on-going direction, and so far so good!
The next thing I desperately want to do is go-paperless at home. I have an awesome filing system that I’ve managed to maintain for the last few years, but I’d really like it to be digital. Having paper around gives me anxiety now. Like there’s something I’m not doing. Also, my supply closet desperately needs an overhaul. It’s turned into the catch-all and after just six months, it’s completely packed! Maybe I’ll do some before and after shots.
I really like the idea of having room for more without actually wanting to get more. I think I could live in a Tiny House someday, but I don’t think it’s ever too soon to start adopting the Tiny House culture. Embrace empty space. Get rid of the things you don’t need (and don’t buy them in the first place). Fill your life with meaningful activity in the space you create. Fill your mind with peaceful thoughts with the time you save not cleaning and organizing.
Life is cluttered enough. We don’t really need to add more stuff to it.