This little book may change your life…

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Happy First day of Fall!

September always feels like a fresh start to me. Having taught for so long I can’t help but feel nostalgic of the new school year. Setting up my classroom was always fun for me and I loved pulling out all my new art supplies and planning how I was going to share all the things I learned over the summer. I have to say that to this day smelling a box of crayons still makes me swoon.

paint & washi tape collage

I had shared on facebook that I was rearranging my studio again and a friend of mine mentioned how it was like setting up my classroom. Although I never thought about it that way I had to laugh because there is some truth to that. I moved things around to create a bigger space to paint and allow me to hang up all my work in progress so I could actually see how they were coming together as a new body of work.

In the process I am taking bits of time to reorganize, declutter and inventory my work.  I have been holding onto a lot of things from when I was teaching full time “just in case”. I am finally ready to let them go and send them off to new homes. This will help with my goal of simplifying my life, making room for new things to flow my way. It also makes me treasure what I have even more. I am doing this in my home as well and am very inspired by Marie Condo’s little book, “the life-changing magic of tidying up”

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This is such a sweet little book and it does work like magic.

Marie has a certain order to decluttering that makes sense to me. You group like items together starting with your clothes. As I moved onto my shoes I was astonished at how many I had in various places all over my house. Every shoe, boot and flip flop was tried on for the “joy factor“. This was powerful! I let go of anything that was uncomfortable or that I didn’t love. I even said goodbye to all my “too tall” high heeled boots and shoes. Now all of my shoes and clothes fit in one place and I can see them all which makes getting dressed much easier. Anything new I buy will have to pass the “joy”/comfort test. We always seem to gravitate to the same shoes and clothes anyway, right? Why not just keep your favorites? I still have work to do but this progression is liberating and helping me hone my intuition. I am gaining a better understanding of who I am today and where I strive to be in my life.

live only with things that bring you JOY

As I was inventorying the things in my studio I realized I hadn’t photographed and listed my new prints! I am working on freshening up my shop with a new look and have been experimenting with different ways to photograph my artwork. These are two of the latest editions to the shop. I styled them with beachy frames and flowers from my garden. I will be adding more throughout the week if you would like to take a peek.   

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Assess your life, the things you love and the lifestyle you want to live.

Cheery Smiles & JOY your way…


p.s. What are the most joyful things in your closet?  Share in the comments below. 🙂

5 thoughts on “This little book may change your life…

  1. Thanks, Laura! I found a copy of Marie Kondo’s book after reading this post. I just finished it and wanted to circle back to you with a BIG thank you. As Marie recommends, I started with my clothes/shoes. My closet has been purged to an empty-yet-full state … and now that everything in it brings me joy, I can open it up and grab anything and know I’ll like how it fits/feels! No more putting something on, taking it off, switching tops or bottoms or shoes to try to get an outfit together. It’s odd how I feel like I actually have MORE clothes and shoes now that all the energy-and-joy-draining options are gone.

    I’m sure your garden is transitioning from its summer to its fall colors … hope it is still as inspirational. Enjoy today! 🙂

  2. Kitty!
    Thank yo so much for sharing your “tidying” story here. It is Magic, isn’t it? I still have a few gaps to fill in with my closet,( especially with my fall shoe selection as I got rid of so many shoes) but it is fun being intentional and really thinking about what will bring me joy when I wear them. Cheery smiles your way dolly! xoLaura

  3. Hi Laura!!
    Thanks for the recommendation, I just ordered the book. I can’t wait to read it and declutter my whole house.

    How is your new studio? I wish I lived closer so I could take one of your classes. I just made my first glass bowl and am going to try to make more time for art in the coming year. I love all your work, especially those small books.

    We have plans to go to Newport this summer and I am going to try and visit your new studio on the way. It would be great to catch up in person.

    You and your art are an inspiration.

    Fondly yours,
    Cheryl (Raiche)

    1. Cheryl,
      It is so nice to hear from you! I hope you love the book so much! You will have to let me know how it works out for you. SO happy to hear about your glass bowl. I bet it is beautiful! Yes, you will have to let me know if you are ever in the area. I would love to see you! Thank you for your kind words. They mean the world to me.
      Big Smiles & love your way… Laura 🙂

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