less clutter. more community.
I grew up in the suburbs where cars are parked in the driveway because the garages are all too crammed with stuff, and where professional organizers "help" people by putting all this stuff on fancy hangers or complicated shelving systems.
I felt relief when moving to a rowhome in Baltimore City. There's enough space to live, to host friends and family, and yes, to store my favorite belongings, but not enough space to accumulate things mindlessly. There's a sense of community, activity, and public space in the city that’s fulfilling, and it’s enough to curb my compulsion to buy contentment from the mall and store it my house. My home is not particularly "organized" because it doesn't have to be; I don't keep enough stuff to warrant a complicated system of labeled files, bins, or baskets.
Yes, I’m ruthless about which belongings can stay in my home. That said, I actually LOVE things. Belongings can be beautiful, helpful, and imbued with memory and meaning. I'm drawn to wood, paper, leather, silver, ceramic, and glass. I keep enough potted plants and journals in my home to disqualify me as a minimalist in most circles. I love curating the equipment that will support the lifestyle I’m striving for, and evolving with intention.
Finding something I want to wear takes me just a few minutes. I love to cook in my kitchen, and I never throw away a head of lettuce that has been forgotten in my fridge. (Well, almost never.) I don’t lose my keys or misplace my bills, and I never feel mortified about the state of my home if someone drops by unannounced. That's a level of peace I want for other people, too.
I started bmore minimal to connect with other urban dwellers looking for more community and less clutter, more serenity and less stuff. If that sounds like you, I can't wait to work with you! Let's start today.