Hey I wonder what would happen if we had National Crap Collection Day! Imagine an annual day where the key focus was on letting go of all our physical crap so we could make room for LIVING in the spaces we call home!
I work with people every day who struggle to let go of history and no more is it seen than in our garages, closets and in some cases...entire homes.
I know your particular form of crap isn't crap at all! Of course! It's precious memories, places you've been, photos you will most certainly look at again in, oh, say, fifteen years, but at least you know they're there right?!
The interesting thing about every object we have around us is that it is impossible for it NOT to effect us in some way. It is scientifically proven all matter, matters! Regardless of whether it hides in a closet or clutters the living and dining room, it is subconsciously causing us to feel something and it is important to know what these feelings are. Why? Because how cluttered or uncluttered you live in your own space determines how restful, peaceful and happy your life will be.
This is not to say everyone should live as a ZEN MINIMALIST. I am however sharing years of experience working as a coach for people in business, the arts and interior decorating; and I have seen the power of letting go of the stuff which is no longer useful TODAY.
Letting go of our possessions can, and does for many people represent letting go of the stories and history we believed made us who we are today. And WHAT IF we need it next year and we had one of those what-aya-call-its but we ditched it?!! Unless you have that what-aya-call-it filed clearly and in some organised, aesthetically pleasing way today, it will cost you more in the time you spend searching for it in your garage than it would cost you to buy a new one! And it is rare!
Step 1: Start with the space that causes least stress to let go of and/or the space that you are most aware of being 'in the way'. If your lover just left you for the younger version...decide if reclaiming the whole closet feels cathartic or adds to your misery. The goal is to make room for YOU and the way you really want to live. Clearing can be gradual so be kind to yourself! It should feel good at the end of your crap clearing day!! So if you have to shuffle shi... stuff daily to get to what you want or need, that's not living, that's working!
Step 2: Love It, Use It or Let It Go If you don't love it - that is you don't want to look at it almost daily if not at least weekly, OR if you don't use it at least monthly, you probably don't need it. Of course there will be exceptions. But most top designers will tell you Rule One in good design is this: beauty (naturally in the eye of the beholder) and functionality are key factors in making a space which feels right to the people who will occupy it.
Step 3: Organise & Reshuffle This is the fun part to me. I know it's not for everyone but there is something about now having room to make things aesthetically pleasing that floats my boat. If this isn't your thing get help! File the papers, keep things in clean lines, create little stories and settings. If you kept grandma's old photos, display them in one space where you can sit and bask in the memories!
Designing with S.O.U.L. - Secrets of Unlimited Living - by gayla
It is said that people who focus on creative projects have less time for chaos and drama. I've been a student and teacher in the field of human behaviour for a very long time and I can promise you one thing for sure, what you focus on, you will create. It's kind of like magic, or disaster, depending on your focus.
Vision Board Create something magical. It all starts will a simple VISION BOARD. Every designer starts with a vision, takes a board and starts building the concept. Magazine clippings and Pinterest can get you started. Ask local furniture stores and tiling places if they have off-cuts you might be able to use. Include colour, texture, images you feel drawn to. Regardless of whether you're actually designing a room or you just want to indulge your inner child who used to know exactly how to create what he/she wanted, play! It's just good for the soul. -
Written by Author & Designer, Gayla Maxwell
I'm thrilled to welcome you to this place where we can share our ideas, laughter and creative inspiration. From decorating tips and before & after photos to all things which inspire, this is the place we'll play together.
Each month, along with my own tips and Designing with S.O.U.L. - Secrets of Unlimited Living articles, we will be inviting our interior designers to offer you some of the most practical tips and secrets.
We also want to hear from you! Being invited into people's homes for a living, we meet some of the most inspirational men and women who often have no idea just how creative they actually are!
If I told you creativity is not only common, it is absolutely natural; would you believe me?
And if I said YOU are just as naturally creative as the artist who paints and the musician who writes the songs we all bop along to; would you argue?
Based on 20 years working with women and men helping them to fully access their natural talents and full potential, my guess is... most people won't believe me.
What I know is this; if you don't believe you have natural creative gifts, it is because you've not given yourself full permission to take the time to find out just how gifted you naturally are.
This is a space to join in our creativity. Share! Connect. Loosen up! Play like children. Get out of judgement and into some lighthearted creativity!
No room for agonising perfection in this virtual space! There are some very basic principals and elements of good design and we will share these with you here. Knowing how to use them allows you to know when it's better to break the rules! :)
This is a space that provides opportunity to practice and share the outcomes if you so choose.
"Self-doubt is the worst use of your imagination. Creativity is the best."