ALBERT EINSTEIN SAID THOSE VETY ENLIGYTENING WORDS…many years ago. If we repeat them, we can learn and grow and reevaluate our life and what we own.
Look around your home and where you live and ask yourself these questions:
Does this give me joy?
Do I need this?
How often do I use this?
Do I have a bunch of these? Or, could somebody I know better use this than me?
That’s the most one of the coolest questions to ask yourself.
Often we have so much clutter and chaos around our houses, apartments, and condos or whatever dwelling we live, that we can’t even find what we’re looking for.
The less we own the less we worry about.
The less we have to maintain, or pay someone to keep it up.
Simplicity creates clarity of mind and thought and that’s what I’m striving for in my new studio I’ve been setting up over the past few months.
I sold tons of furniture, consolidated and scaled back what was a very large place into a very small place or at least much smaller.
Like this oak hitch I sold to a nice family that loves refinishing furniture.
This Tiffany glass hanging will go in my window by my roll top desk, so when I write I can look out at something beautuful. It also gives me more privacy on my end from passers by…….
The hardest thing about living in the studio apartment is that your world is on display. There are no private places really, as I used to have. I used to have a big bedroom and shelves were hung that had some statues that were religious. AFTER moving here I sold my Lady of Fatima Virgin Mary that to a sweet lady who was chronically disabled who really wanted it. I felt she was meant to have it. She was selling hrr Tiffany glass hanging and we simply traded the window for my Lady of Fatima Virgin Mary and a 24 kt plated Lady of Guadalupe rosary I had. She prays on it and it gives her strength and solace, and it gives me joy to know that. I have a prettier view. That makes a nice trade off. (We met on a site calledOfferUp. It is a site I swear by and have furnished my place with amazing deals on it. I can a laboratory on those another time.
The large wooden virgin Mary my uncle Mervin gave me before he died of cancer is the one that smiles on me every day like a beacon of hope. When I went through very hard times she traveled with me to every hotel and looked out for me(with the multitude of prayers I said and the things I did to survive), and made sure that I had enough money to afford them all. My brother in law and sister threw me out of a property that I paid into for 15 years of my parent’s two and half years ago.
When I got to Vegas and finally got situated, after going through over 70 and apartments after having my social security lowered $200 here… I arrived to look in the three relocation cubes from UPACK, and finally found the Virgin Mary and I said thank God and I said we made it!
You see, unless you know what it is like to have no home you have no clue how almost sacred it is when you have your own. I am finally moving ahead again, because I am not having to operate on a emergency crisis mentality every day.
I had second stage hypertension going through all that, and now I am fine.
My size homemaker cutesy kitchen has been the biggest job to organize, and once I get a pot rack for the wall Bobby Flay and Emeril LaGasse pans will go up so I can grab them in a flash.
Everyday I ask for guidance to use all of the many abilities that God has given me: I love music of writing and cooking the marketing and photography in any way that I can.
I hope that this by me telling my story it helps my readers and viewers in the United States and Europe and my nearly 2000 followers….. in some way.
If you stay with anything long enough, and be persistent, you will achieve what you’re shooting for.
Don’t give up.
Learn everything you can but don’t ever give up.
Better yourself every day.
I’m sure some people in New York or other places live in smaller places but this is the smallest studio I’ve ever lived in, but as Mary Engelbreit says, “bloom where you’re planted”, and I am.
It works and I am determined to get as many ideas from YouTube on TV decorating and organizing shows, how to tap into awesome ideas to make every square foot here count.
Its not the size in a place that matters, but how you feel when youre there….how quiet it is, your neighbors, how close to bus lines & work, and other factors.
It has what I need its got enough room organization is key in a place like this it works I have it’s a combination office and living area and I never have to move very far to reach anything which is which is a good thing.
So as you look around your world today, look around and ask but I really need this how often am I used it? Will I use it?
Maybe donate some of the books you are through with, and don’t envision reading again , to the library like I did. They can use to this for the sale of the books in their Friends the Library for the upkeep if the library and to do maintenance for the library. You’ll help others with a book that you had that you did that you’re through with. I sold the gardening library and also another one Christmas Library just gave them donated you know to the library down the street from me cuz I love it the place where people are empowered knowledge’s found and I’m so happy I live walking distance from it. if you do any of the things that I’ve suggested here write about it tell others what you did and how you felt in your new surroundings and how much you helped you.
Have a fantastic day!
Paulette Motzko at The Fiesta Casino with my great friend Leonardo Valencia, who took this photo.
Written by Paulette L Motzko
Copyright March 2015