Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread - Proverbs 30:8

Thursday, July 9, 2015

From Chaos to Calm - Creating a Space for Me

It's so easy to imagine living in a calm, uncluttered space. I often daydream about what my living space would be like if I were the only one living in it.

As it happens, I share my living space with three other people so the calm, minimalist space I dream of isn't always my reality.

One of the spaces that bothers me the most is the laundry room. I really struggle to keep this space clutter free. As I was heading into the small room earlier this week to tidy up I realized that 99% of the stuff in there was mine. And I am the person who uses that room 99% of the time.

I made a decision right then and there to clear it and clean it - to transform it from chaos to calm - and to do it for no one other than myself.


I literally took everything out of the room - including the cupboards. Then I cleaned it from top to bottom, and very selectively put things back. I was amazed at some of the things I had shoved into those cupboards.

I'd love to give this space a complete make-over, but I think keeping it clean and clear is a good start. I'll probably hang something above the sink to brighten up the room. I'd love to add a reading chair so I could escape to my calm space for something other than laundry, but it's not big enough. Maybe just a big pillow in the corner on the floor would suffice (I'm kidding - sort of).


So far I found that one family member had thrown something on top of the dryer. I simply threw it back out into the hall and later found it had been put away. No one (including myself) is going to mess up this space again!


  1. "I simply threw it back out into the hall" Love that response. Especially since it worked. :)

  2. Haha - my mom used to throw it back in the hall! Good for you!

  3. OH MY WORD......if you only knew how desperately my basement laundry/hot water heater/oil tank/utility shelf room NEEEEEEEEDS this to happen to it!!!! #afteroregon