Today I love this blog that I found through the blog equivalent of Wikipedia Effect the other day.
From small tips on simplifying to dealing with a spouse's clutter without starting World War III to succinct guidelines on decluttering in general, Rachel of Small Notebook for a Simple Home is a fantastic resource on any decluttering journey.
She especially has a lot of fantastic advice on achieving a small, stylish, easy to deal with wardrobe, which is one of my overarching goals for myself. I need to mount a major offensive on my overstuffed closet one of these days. I own an incredible quantity of clothing but find that the same few pieces wind up in the laundry every week, while the rest just sits there. What's the point of that?
Wouldn't it be great if we only had to purchase, clean, maintain, and look at our very favorite things?
Ultimately, getting organized is not the goal. Simplifying is not the goal. The point of going to the effort to declutter and create more free space is just that, to create freedom. The freedom for experiences and travel instead of stuff. The freedom to move across the country if needed without having a panic attack about packing all your tchochkes. The freedom to focus more on the important people and ideas in life.
Also, I love my cast iron pan. I got it at a yard sale, and the clueless yuppies who just wanted this chunk of metal gone after cleaning out their grandmother's attic sold it to me for $5. Best $5 I've ever spent. I've discovered through setting up camp kitchens that I can cook almost anything if I have my trusty cast iron, a teakettle, and my Le Creuset dutch oven. It kind of makes that huge stack of frying pans that barely fits in the kitchen cabinet seem just a trifle superfluous...