So in the spirit of making a clean start as part of our new home, I am trying not only to reorganize but to simplify.
I am taking some of my cues based on the biography of Steve Jobs I am currently listening to. Mr. Jobs, who had a great love (some could call it obsession) with design, described how he and his wife spent hours in the evening discussing the design and function of a washer and dryer. I have not gone quite that far in my quest for reorganization, but I am trying to ensure that at least part of what I am doing has the function and appearance in mind.
Minimalist. That is what I am striving for. If I have it I should either use it or derive pleasure from it. The having of things which neither are neither useful not provide pleasure is something I am trying to move away from.
The largest item on my table, which has been there for many years, is a basket that I keep various things in. Moving towards the goal of keeping things as simple and minimalist as possible, I decided to remove the basket from the table leaving only my clock, my lamp and a drink coaster.
But what to store in the drawer. It is obviously less spacious than the basket. So came the consideration of what I keep in the basket.
Two highlighters and four pens? I need only one of each. Cards? They have sat for a year without examination; time to locate them to where I keep such things. A flashlight? There is a drawer, that will store the bookmarks as well. My journal? Now sitting atop a neat stack of books on the lower shelf.
The result? A simple nightstand next to my bed with a minimum on it – and a minimum in it.
I will be honest. It is simple. It is clean. It is organized.
I love it.