Summer Home Simplifying
Strangely, the long and hot days of summer are when I start thinking about our house and what we hope to make it. I think it’s the extra hours of daylight and all the activity that comes with the season. After a day of work or fun in these dog days, I want my home to be a refreshing place that doesn’t feel too hot or too cluttered. This desire to refresh, decorate, and declutter hits me in the evenings when I can open the windows, sip homemade ginger iced tea, and let the breeze blow in.
The summer weekday evenings are a great time to go barefoot, challenge yourself in your space, and awaken your creative spirit! To me, that usually means a desire to have more open space and less surplus. I really do think it’s a creative challenge. Our idea of “need to hang onto” versus “want to hang onto” has a fuzzy line. When I feel myself leaning toward more wanting than needing, I attack.
I bought this postcard for Martin last summer. It’s our little reminder about the value of creating and capturing our stories rather than stuff.
I’ll walk you through some of my approaches, pulling out the clutter with a mission – all those extra clothes, books, paperwork, and little bits from life, some that tell our story and many that don’t.
Every so often, Martin joins me for a few minutes. On these evenings, I try to calm the “we need to get rid of stuff” bug so he can focus on his work. (He does a lot of his best work after other pilots have gone to bed and don’t tend to call or drop by.) We scoot the furniture around in the living room, wondering how to place the couch when it arrives.
It’s a constant wondering. How will we keep shaping this space we built in an airplane hangar into a home?
How are you spending the quiet, cooler evenings? Anyone else decluttering at this seemingly random time?