Thursday, August 28, 2014

Sending you off into this long weekend in style, otherwise known as in “A South Africa Beach House.” Because it might possibly not get better than this, guys. It might not.

a Cape Town beach house that puts all other beach houses to shame. a Cape Town beach house that puts all other beach houses to shame. a Cape Town beach house that puts all other beach houses to shame. a Cape Town beach house that puts all other beach houses to shame. a Cape Town beach house that puts all other beach houses to shame. a Cape Town beach house that puts all other beach houses to shame. a Cape Town beach house that puts all other beach houses to shame. a Cape Town beach house that puts all other beach houses to shame.

And after that I can’t think of a single thing worth uttering (typing), with the exception of my usual urging to be the best humans you know how to be. Until we speak again and such. Weeeee! 

Image credits: Homeowner & decorator: Cathy Smit, Photographs: Micky Hoyle, via House And Leisure 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

If we could build the perfect room from scratch, what would it look like? What features would it contain? Let’s have ourselves a little daydream…

Once I get anything germ or cleanliness related into my head you can forget about trying to change my mind. That laundry is coming out of the washing machine smelling like mildew; if you disagree your nose isn’t working properly, clearly.

And so it was that I came to the conclusion one day that the steamer I had sitting around LS HQ had grown mold. Or, it wasn’t working as I thought it ought to be and I could have sworn I spotted the dreaded white fluff otherwise known as mold lurking in its canister, the bottom line being: it got the boot.

It’s not like I just threw caution to the crease! I do own an iron, after all. Only, you know, I do wish I happened to own an ironing board as well. 

The discovery of wrinkled tops have lately resulted in moments something along the lines of: “Hmmm.” Something’s missing from this equation. If only I could put my finger on it.

Rest assured I will domesticate-up and swing for the board, but in the meantime I’m happily distracted by the thought that when it does enter my life it will do so in this form:

Adding this to my dream closet list: a pull out ironing board--so genius!

Adding this to my dream closet list: a pull out ironing board--so genius!

A fold-out ironing board located right there in the closet. Because most people (not you because you are wondrous at keeping house and such things) don’t preemptively press all their laundry, but only later, when they wish to don a garment, do they realize how awfully it’s begging for an iron.

Image credits: LA Closet Design, Organized Interiors, Habersham Home, BHG

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The questions you ask yourself when decluttering make all the difference in, well, in whether or not you actually declutter. Here are five winners to get you started.

a must read for anyone trying to get organized: the 5 most helpful questions to ask yourself when decluttering (number 5 especially!) 

Question # 1:  Would I buy it today?

The act of paying money for something is incredibly illuminative of our intentions and desires. By asking yourself if you would realistically purchase the item right now, today, you’re able to clarify your feelings about an item.

Rather than focusing on when and where you originally purchased something, or how much it cost, or how on earth you came to acquire it, by asking yourself if you would buy it today you’re force yourself to put your money where your mouth is so to speak, no pun intended, yadah yadah.

This is the way you can get closer to the truth about whether or not an item still fits your criteria, your taste, and so on. 

Question # 2: Will I wear/use it tomorrow? This week?

Most people think that the best question to ask when decluttering is “when was the last time I wore/used this?” While that question can be a good starting place, a response to it isn’t actually all that informative or helpful to your decision-making.

Whether or not you’ve worn it in the past does not address your feelings about it now. And how you feel about it now is all that matters.

As with the first question, asking yourself if you will wear or use a particular item now is ultimately more revealing of whether or not it should stick around.

Question # 3: Do I have space for it?

This is one of the most important questions, and one that often isn’t prioritized when decluttering.

While your feelings about various belongings are vastly important, they do not and should not trump your spatial means.

You can’t keep more than your space can accommodate. Or, you can (whatever, go ahead, see if I care I DO), but it won’t do you any good; overcrowding decreases accessibility to all things, causing everything–the things you love and the things you feel iffy about (and you)–to suffer.

Question # 4: It is unique?

It’s important to consider your belongings in the context of a larger collection of things. Rather than evaluating an item on its own, consider how it relates to the rest of your collection; do you own many versions of an item? If so, are there ones that are in better condition, or that you prefer for subtle reasons?

By comparing like items against each other, you can better cultivate a well-rounded collection, full of unique pieces, each of which, then, serves a distinct purpose, and thus, earns it space in your home and in your life.

Question # 5: Does owning it/wearing it/using it make me feel good about myself?

This question is the bottom line. Any material belongings you bring into your life you do so on a voluntary basis. With that in mind, it’s just plain dumb to surround yourself with anything other than that which makes you feel abundantly, overwhelming great about yourself, and, as an extension, your decisions and decision making process, your lifestyle choices, and your core values.

 Know someone who is currently in the process of decluttering? Be a pal! Send this post their way. 

Image credit: Who What Wear