A little over two years ago we moved from a two bedroom apartment to a 600 square foot studio. In all honesty the transition wasn't easy, but we loved it each step of the way! Learnt a lot in the process, both about ourselves and what it involves to really downsize. How would you define the exercise of decluttering? Decluttering for me meant at the time, and still does, getting rid of objects I hadn't used within a year or even several. Recently, my perspective on the matter broadened even further.
Clutter, in my book, is anything that occupies a space. There can be what I call artful clutter; books, plants, knitting yarn and decorations placed here and there - objects that define what makes a room feel like home. And then there is clutter clutter, the unnecessary stuff that we immediately think of when we see the word declutter; that pile of paper that needs sorting, our backyard shed, our closets, our garages... Just this week, while hiking through the woods outside Montreal, I felt the stark contrast between the peacefulness and beauty of winter and clutter, the unnecessary kind. Something Mr. S said to me recently got me thinking about how to redefine the space around me and what I choose to fill it with; be it our small apartment, our small car, our even smaller brain and all the time we have each day!
I am sharing pictures we took from two recent hikes. The images define well what I love most about winter. It's simplicity and still beauty. Everything is covered up under a bed of glittering snow and ice, natures way of decluttering itself and resting.