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How to Find Inspiration

Posted by on Jun 4, 2014 in DIY & Crafts, Organization | 3 comments

Inspiration

The other week I posted about how I was feeling a lack of inspiration and asked how you find inspiration. Thank you so much to all the of the comments I received. They were all so interesting and well, inspiring. I loved them so much I wanted to share them with you and some of my own thoughts of what I got out of this.

Everybody goes through periods of being uninspired. It’s usually because our daily lives get in the way… Now that there is color and it’s beginning to become vibrant outside, it’s inspiring me to get out and hone my photography skills. I guess my inspiration comes from going on evening walks with my wife and looking at everything around me. I get ideas for photos I think would be cool to take. That’s what inspires me. So make time in your busy schedule for yourself to just relax and think. Go on walks or a bike ride around where you live and look around you. Something will spark your inspiration.

– Steve S.

I know EXACTLY how you feel. Been there, about a hundred times. I usually go to Pinterest for inspiration, or read some blogs. Young House Love ALWAYS does it for me.

Lately I find that my problem is OVER inspiration. I see so many awesome blog posts and pinterest pins that I want to do ALL OF THE THINGS, but instead I just sit on my butt, on Pinterest, looking instead of creating.

As far as inspiration, if you’re waiting to be inspired, forget it. Writing is a skill and, perhaps more importantly, a habit. It’s work. “Inspired” is just the word we use when we’re in a good, energetic mood, which isn’t often for me. Same goes for crafting and everything else.

My advice? Pray, drink caffeine, and DO it. If you’re waiting for the words to come to you, you could be waiting a long time. If you want to create something, create.

I’d also keep in mind, the first draft (of a story or a craft) doesn’t have to be the finished product. And it’s much easier to revise a something than to fill a blank space/page.

I know exactly how you feel because I feel it all the time. But, know this, motivation is a crock. Don’t wait for it to come. Here’s a quote:

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing, that’s why we recommend it daily” .– Zig Ziglar

Like a lot of things in life, motivation and inspiration rarely show up when you want it to. You have to actively get out there and find it instead of waiting around for it to come. And you know what, like exercising and eating right, it does get easier the more you do it. In that sense, creativity is like a muscle – the more you use it the better it becomes. When I’m being creative I often get so many creative ideas.

I would suggest trying to set up a daily habit. I know it isn’t easy, but if it is important you’ll do it. Don’t worry about quality at this stage. Accept that whatever you write (paint, draw, do) is going to be shit. But it’ll get better, and the more you do it the quicker it’ll get better.

I would make a plan. If you want to write, make a solid plan to do it and when you are going to do it … Give yourself a word count you want to achieve or a time you want to spend on it – and if you don’t reach it at least you did something.

So my advice – forget inspiration and motivation. Just plonk youself infront of the typewriter and do it.

 

So what did I learn from all of this?

• Inspiration won’t come from just sitting around and waiting for it, you have to get out there and find it.
• Just start doing something, nothing will get done if you don’t at least try

I also found that having a creative space helps. My computer/craft room has been a mess for weeks because I pulled my bookshelf out to paint it, so I had piles of books and junk everywhere. I finally got my bookshelf painted and I’ve been cleaning/organizing the room. I’m not 100% done yet, but I found myself wanting to use the space. I didn’t feel like I was suffocating in mess. I already did some crafting over the weekend, and I’m already planning another big project to do (to the actual room, not just in the room).

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Attack of the Lotions

Posted by on Mar 10, 2014 in Home Improvement, Organization | 6 comments

I’m a pretty simple girl when it comes to make-up and beauty products, but oh-my-goodness do I have a lot of stuff. Probably because every girl gets a million gifts consisting of smelly sprays and lotions throughout their life. I am no exception to that. And of course I think I’ll eventually use them all. Why waste them, right?!

So when I reviewed “Banish Clutter Forever” by Sheila Chandra last week I mentioned the state of my bathroom and my plans to organize it:

1. Better storage for extra toilet paper rolls. We have this little shelf unit that we bought for the bathroom in our first apartment. The toilet paper sits on the bottom shelf, the middle sits empty and the top collects junk.

2. Organize the main cupboard. It’s full of random toiletries and the typical over-abundance of lotions and shower gels. There’s so much vertical space that I know I should get some of the little wire shelves so that I could store more and manage this mess. This way I could move the junk from the black shelves and get rid of it.

3. Even though we don’t have an issue with clothes, I thought it might be handy to add a hamper to the room.

Here are the obligatory before photos.

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The bathroom was actually one of my favourite rooms of the house when we bought it. See how pretty it is (well except for the ugly, black, dust infested shelves)! There’s even a jet tub (which I actually still haven’t used).

But back to the overwhelming amount of toiletries. Number one on the list was already tackled: I removed the shelves and bought a little toilet roll holder at Home Goods for $7.99.

Number two came into action over the weekend. I found this little storage shelf with a drawer on Amazon.

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It’s $17, which is a little more than I wanted to spend on a shelf for the bathroom cabinet, but I had a bunch of Amazon Rewards points so I only paid $3! I’ll take it ;)

It arrived right on time Saturday morning for me to spend my afternoon cleaning out the cabinet (I know, I live a wild life on the weekends!).

Let’s take a look at the before picture:

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I’m sorry boys, what feminine products?

And the beautiful after:

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Glorious!

I’m happy to say that I did throw a few things away, but probably not as much as I should. I now have a giant drawer of lotions, shampoos & conditioners:

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I mean, I’m sure 1/10 of that will be used one day, right?!

And number three is on hold for now. If I spot a hamper I like then we’ll put it into action.

So with the bathroom already being nicely updated before we bought the house, the long term to-do list is actually pretty short:

* Replace the bathroom door – I’m not even going to bother painting it, it’s all warped on the bottom. Plus, it doesn’t close properly. I have to open a drawer to stop the cats from pushing the door open when I’m in there.

* Replace the molding around the door frame – They did a cheap job on that.

* Update the towels/bath mats – something fun and bright

Happy Monday everyone! Just 5 days until the weekend.

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“Banish Clutter Forever” – Sheila Chandra

Posted by on Mar 5, 2014 in Books, Organization, Reviews | 2 comments

“Banish Clutter Forever: How the Toothbrush Principle Will Change Your Life”

By Sheila Chandra
My Rating: 3/5

BanishClutterForever225A room by room approach to cleaning and organizing your home so that you reduce the clutter in your life. Chandra explores the idea that your toothbrush is always exactly where it should be, so why can’t everything else in your life? The book details how to not only organize rooms, but other facets of your life like your purse or even your email. The idea is that you should store items where you use them like your toothbrush right next to the bathroom sink. This leaves you less likely to leave things lying around because you don’t have to go far from where you’re using it to put it away.

Chandra also explains how to get rid of all the unnecessary junk. We all keep boxes of memories and keepsakes; if they’re so important, why are they boxed up? Or if they evoke a sad memory, why even keep it at all? When going through your rooms she applies several questions you should ask yourself about where the item belongs and what you should do with it: keep, throw away, donate or recycle?

The book itself was a little dry and hard to read. I had many early nights because I was just getting sleepy and didn’t read as long as I usually would. I skipped a few sections like the home office because that didn’t apply to me, but this book is good for skipping around to sections (which the author even suggests).

In the beginning there’s an activity to start things off where you go into you bathroom and make lists and then organize the room. I didn’t do this because I feel like our bathroom is actually one of our more functional rooms of the house. All of the items we have are placed where they’re used and are always returned to the correct place. Towels are always hung up and we never have dirty clothes lying around. Instead I decided to look at the room and decide what the room needed or what could improve it:

  • Better storage for extra toilet paper rolls. We have this little shelf unit that we bought for the bathroom in our first apartment. The toilet paper sits on the bottom shelf, the middle sits empty and the top collects junk.
  • Organize the main cupboard. It’s full of random toiletries and the typical over-abundance of lotions and shower gels. There’s so much vertical space that I know I should get some of the little wire shelves so that I could store more and manage this mess. This way I could move the junk from the black shelves and get rid of it.
  • Even though we don’t have an issue with clothes, I thought it might be handy to add a hamper to the room.

I tackled the first one this weekend and pulled out the shelves and bought a cute little toilet paper holder for $7.99 at Home Goods (I seriously love that store!). I still need to find a shelf to help organize the cabinet and I may move the hamper from our room in there, but I think I’d prefer one with a lid. So progress was made.

The book suggests that before you get too gung-ho and start cleaning/organizing the areas you use most, the smart thing is to start with your storage areas. You’re going to need room to move the clutter from your other areas of your house, so first you need to make room in your storage room, garage, basement, etc. Of course! This makes complete sense. So my next step is to attack this storage room in our basement. It really is fantastic because there’s SO much storage space. Right now it holds the random unpacked boxes of junk (there may even be a box from two moves ago that’s never been touched). This room is filled with all the “oh, I didn’t realize I still had this” and “Oh, I will totally use this!” even though it obviously hasn’t been needed since we moved in 9 months ago. It’s going to be a challenge.

The rating of this book may change depending on the results of my cleaning/organization and if I can actually keep it up, but the book is filled with lots of great ideas and directions on how to de-clutter your life, even if you’re lazy like me.

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