Thursday, November 19, 2009

Clutter, Chaos, and Creativity

Sunset at Pacific Grove CA

I have been back in Canada for a little over two weeks and during that time the contractor has been at the house daily continuing with our renovations. Things have taken shape nicely but we move from rooms which are almost empty to rooms which are crowded with furniture and other displaced items. The clutter and disorganization have sapped my energy and most evenings it is easier to just go to bed rather than deal with the mess. The project will not be completed until the end of the first week of December. Yesterday the baseboards were finished in the living room and we put the basic furniture back in room to relax in. I have decided to wait a few weeks to put pictures on the wall and have packed away the knicknacks (dust collectors) for now. How does one accumulate so much "stuff"?

The Lone Cypress, Pebble Beach CA

I love open outdoor landscapes, the simplicity of the horizon, the sun and moon, a body of water, a tree. Creativity is unleashed when we have space for our ideas. My New Year's resolution was Simplify and I have this opportunity to act on the one word guide I chose for 2009.


  1. These Pacific Grove photos are breathtaking and certainly show an open horizon.
    I really liked the pics of you new arrangement on FB.
    I know what you mean about collecting so much stuff. I've now emptied the RV and the stacks of boxe are overwhelming, much of it just dust collectors, and craft supplies. Thanks for reminding me to Simplify. ;-)

  2. What you are going through has taken up most of my year: to simplify, because we moved from a 3-to a 2-bedroom house and from a 2-car garage to a one car garage.
    I am still not done to get back to the basics, but we'll have next year coming...:) maybe it will be done then!

  3. Sometimes, some renovating is all it takes to see just how much "stuff" we've accumulated. Like you, I need to probably rent a dumpster to be delivered to the driveway and just spend a week getting rid of stuff!

  4. Simplify is something I need to work towards too Ruth. Good luck in your quest and the completion of your remodeling projects.

  5. Living through renovations can be stressful. I like things in order and can't adjust well, even if I know it's for only a short time. Good luck. Glad you have at least one room that resembles normal.

  6. That's a fine pic. Enjoy your living room.

  7. Your pics are simply breathtaking! The Pacific Grove is a beautiful place to visit. Thanks for sharing your photos with us.

    Sending you lots and lots of calm and peaceful thoughts to get you through this chaotic time.

  8. The pictures speak of simple beauty.I trust you will make it through the renos in one piece.Eventually the dust will settle and you can enjoy the new settings.

  9. Anonymous5:15 pm GMT-5

    Such beautiful photographs of the sun setting in the sea, as a matter of speech of course.

    I live my life in a form of organized chaos. It is the best I can do.

  10. I, too, love the simplicity of nature, but our house just seems to be a magnet for too much stuff. I don't know how it happens! But "simplify" is a wonderful goal. I think I'll adopt it for 2010.

  11. Two pictures worthy of a frame. Stunning!

    I understand not wanting to put things up on the wall yet. Sometimes you have to get the feel for the room and get comfortable with the "new-ness" of it. Sitting in it for awhile will let you know where you want to put things.


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