As a formerly avid reader, I've struggled to get much reading done during the past few months.
Between the pandemic and life in general, I’ve felt antsy, anxious, and listless. My mind wanders. What’s a librarian-type person who loves to read do when reading feels more chore than pleasure? And as someone who feels restless, how do you get out all that energy? Fortunately, cleaning and organizing have been a lifesaver in helping me stay mindful.
"Life is too complicated not to be orderly."
— Martha Stewart
It may sound odd, but there’s nothing like organizing a laundry closet or under your kitchen sink – or thoroughly vacuuming your whole house – to help you stay in the present moment and think about the task at hand.
The satisfaction of everything having been put away neatly brings me joy and soothes my soul. I love being able to look at a room that’s been cleaned top to bottom, light a candle, and sit back and relax with a good cup of tea.
Below are some of my favorite cleaning, organizing, and home decor books - “picture books about gracious living,” as I refer to them. I know I'll never be quite as organized or chic as my design and organizing role models, but we all can appreciate some beautiful, aspirational books and photos. Feel free to check out these titles next time you need inspiration!
"In 'Beautifully organized', Nikki teaches you to: assess your home to transform the spaces within to enhance your lifestyle; declutter and curate your possessions to keep what is useful and meaningful; clean with efficiency, adding an element of pleasure to everyday tasks; organize so you can find what you need, when you need it; beautify and decorate to create a welcoming atmosphere for family and friends"--Page 4 of cover.