As I write this post, I can hear my mom laughing out loud 300+ miles away. “Neat and organized” is not how most people describe me. “Organized”, maybe by my former coworkers. But “neat”…HA!!
I have good intentions. And I am an big advocate of decluttering (okay this is a recent thing, thanks to the show Hoarders, I have kicked the decluttering up big time. that and my house is tiny). I think that what remains has to have a place. Otherwise, it all sits out in the way. My clean threshold comes in waves. I can let the floors and dusting go to the point of embarrassing. But it eventually gets done and I am okay with that. I am a lot messier now since getting married. Bruce and I have very different ideas about what clean, organized and decluttered is.
Artists are notorious for being messy. I admit, I let a lot go in the studio. But, just before a big project, I like to blow through my creative space. I clear out any languishing clutter, put everything back in place so I can start my new project with good feng shui.
This month’s shop theme will be UrbanGypZ’s Studio Q Spring Cleaning Destash. I will be listing destash items, yarn (not all UrbanGypZ Yarn), books and notions I no longer have use for. Want to join me in a Decluttering/Spring Cleaning? Make room for some new stuff you love?
So for today’s Friday 5 I give you my top 5 spring cleaning info resources…
1. Flylady.net. I have been following Flylady, Marla, on and off for 13+ years– back when it was just a Yahoo news group. The network is strong and the stories are inspiring. She has grown this business to include awesome resources to better your self and your home. Her system is all about taking baby steps and incorporating routines. The support network is unparalleled.
2. Clean Mama. I am a new Clean Mama convert. Her worksheets are awesome. So organized, I just love them. And while I would prefer a phone app, I am a sucker for a good worksheet. Must be left over from my graphic design days.
3. One Good Thing By Jillee. Ms. Jillee is one of my favorite go to resources. Most of her cleaning products are homemade and super economical.
4. Clear Your Clutter With Feng Shui By Karen Kingston This link is for the kindle version of the paperback book I have. I think it may be out of print–it is pretty old. I first heard about this book on a Lime and Violet podcast. Without getting too new agey, in a nutshell, I think there is a big connection between clutter and feeling good about a room. This book talks about that and looks at areas of you life that may be affected by stuck energy in your house.
5. Pinterest. I get some of my best organizational ideas and cleaning tips from Pinterest. It is my go to resource if I get stuck and need some motivation to get moving. Not as scary as watching a few episodes of Hoarders, way more uplifting.
So what are your favorite cleaning and decluttering resources? I would love to hear them and give them a whirl. Link them in the comments below or share them on the UrbanGypZ facebook page.
Fiber artist Stacey Budge-Kamison AKA UrbanGypZ lives and works in Asheville NC. While she has a dedicated studio in Biltmore Forest, she can also be found knitting in public, hammering out her latest e-course at local cafés in Asheville and spinning yarns in her booth at her favorite arts festivals. A designer at heart, Stacey has decided that her mission is to help fellow knitters, crocheters, weavers and felters embrace their own style and creativity by exploring fiber art as it is a part of their everyday life.