Lately, I’ve been on an organizing kick. Well, actually, it’s been more like the past year. You can’t really tell by looking around our house on any given day, but I have been slowly trying to organize or update or cut back on things.
I think the biggest kick started after I went for yoga teacher training. When I went to the training I had no intentions of actually teaching yoga. I just wanted to improve my personal practice and some how decided those 6 days a week of 8 hours a day of yoga for four weeks straight was the best way to do that. Sometimes I am a bit of a sucker for self-punishment, although I don’t think of it like that until I’m in the middle of it. You may see this reflected in what I call a “vacation” when I go on 5 day hiking or kayaking trips where I end up working harder then I do at my day job. Ha.
Any ways, after yoga teacher training I actually wanted to teach yoga. I love teaching yoga. I love the idea that I can help people discover how awesome it makes a person feel and I get to feel good too. In order to teach though I needed some room. As my day job’s schedule doesn’t allow me to be reliable enough to go to a studio I brought a studio to me. We emptied our spare room out and I converted it into a very small studio. Then I decided that it was too small so I switched the studio to the master bedroom and we moved into the spare. It’s a bit squishy in our bedroom, but now I have a studio to teach.
In order to do all this we (mostly my bf) had to sell a bunch of stuff and take a bunch of stuff to our local thrift stores. It felt great to get rid of all these extra things that we didn’t need. This cleansing feeling has continued as I slowly find things that we don’t need anymore or I replace with better quality items. Or in one case (this was a few years back) I switched 3 kitchen appliances for one that did all 3. It got the Hulk Hogan Grill that grills, does pancakes, Panini’s and waffles. So I saved a little bit of space.
Recently in my quest to be tidier, organized and have fewer things, I discovered a wonderful idea on how to put your laundry away. Now I have folded my laundry and stacked it in neat little piles in my dresser drawers all my life. Then I go to look for something to wear and dig through the neat piles making a big mess. I can never find shirts at the bottom of the pile, because it’s too dark to see and I forget I even own certain shirts because who can find anything when your dresser drawer looks like this:
Well, thanks to my regular blog wanderings, I discovered a new way to put my clothes away. Of course, I didn’t do it right away because it meant re-organizing all my clothing and I had much more fun things to do. So when I finally got around to doing, I had to go by memory. I cannot find the original blog that inspired me. I have a sneaking suspicion it was Shelterness or Sqwakbox, but I’m at a loss. Whoever wrote the original post; I owe you a debt of gratitude. It’s a simple idea really, but who would have thought stacking your clothes horizontally instead of vertically would make all the difference in the world? It is amazing. Each morning I open my dresser drawers and simply gaze … my eyes dart from the long sleeve section, to the yoga section, to the t-shirt section, pick a colour and voila I have something to wear for the day. So much easier than the old dig and find way. It’s also a whole lot easier to look at: