January has always been a month where simplifying and reorganizing is on my mind. I don’t know if I long for quiet, simple surroundings after the wonder and excitement of the holidays or if I realize my home is in need of its annual face lift.
I read somewhere (wish I could recite the source) that a beautiful home is an organized home right down to the drawers and the cabinets. In Alexandra Stoddard’s book Living a Beautiful Life, she states “By creating beauty and order where you live and work you will be controlling the private hours of your life. Home, especially, is one area of existence where you can have control.” My dear friend is telling me that I need to get my work and home organized, and then the beauty of my surroundings will come through.
She is right! As bad as I hate to tackle projects I have pushed back, I must start this New Year by taking one thing at a time and creating beauty in the places I live: my office and my home. As I write this, I am looking around my office and thinking this is hopeless. I realize that I don’t like to discard anything as I might find another use for it later. But later never comes for some of these choice items!
One of my dear friends told me to always buy white linens, and then you can keep them looking pristine. Alexandra reminds us to put a flower in your home and on your desk to bring a touch of color to your surroundings. Our office and areas where we work are just as important as our living rooms. So today I am going to do a little something every day to create beautiful places in my home and office.