It’s Surround Yourself with What You LOVE month…What that means for YOU

It's about taking all of those little things that you love and bringing them together... image courtesy of qthomasbower

Here at Angela Harris Design, I am officially declaring the month of February, Surround Yourself with What You LOVE month!

Q: Is this another holiday to add to my already packed calendar?

A: Before you dismiss, let me share a little more. It’s actually a month-long occasion that’s all about YOU! And don’t worry about feeling too self-centered. I’m a firm believer that when you take care of YOURself, it helps you be a better mom, spouse, friend, employee, volunteer, entrepreneur… whatever the roles are that make up your life.

Surround yourself with what you love is my mantra. With my home, my calendar, my business, my life, it helps me:

  • ENHANCE: add more of what brings me joy, happiness, peace – all of that good stuff
  • STREAMLINE: take out those things that don’t bring harmony {which the dictionary defines as: the quality of forming a pleasing and consistent whole}. What about what can’t be taken off your plate? Think outside the box to make it actually enjoyable – or at least tolerable until bigger changes can be made.

Q: What are some LOVE examples?

A: “Things you love” can come in a gagillion forms, including:

  • happy mealtimes with meals you love {not just “filler food” – my term for food that you just aren’t wild about}
  • that beautiful rug you’ve had your eye on
  • a clean car that’s your haven when you’re in it
  • respect from those you’re not getting it from {including “self”}
  • a free of clutter {workspace / kitchen / family room / garage / etc } that doesn’t drain you each time you’re in it
  • more time with those friends that make you feel happy {not drained} after you leave
  • flowers {in your window boxes, at your desk}
  • breathing time in your schedule {alone time!}
  • reading out in your backyard
  • this list is endless!

Q: What does this have to do with organizing?

A: Organizing to me isn’t about a neat looking desk or well-ordered linen closet.  Don’t get me wrong, aesthetics can absolutely play a beautiful {and fun!} role. It’s also not simply being able to find what you need when you need it. {Didn’t you love the kitchen fork analogy in my last post?} To me it those things but also organizing your life as a whole – getting to truly know what you love and being intentional about designing your life to capture those things.

Q: So… how can I better organize my life around what I love?

A: First, you need to know what you love – and what you aren’t crazy about – or flat out don’t like at all.

  1. Get out a sheet of paper, make two columns {LOVE + DON’T LOVE} and spend this month getting to know what your unique list entails.
  2. Write down what you can do this month to enhance or streamline, based on your list.
  3. Make this a habit: Keep that list and add to it. Refer to it when you are making your schedule, making a purchase, wondering what you should do during your downtime. And today is the perfect day to do it because it’s Blank Slate Day {my 1st day of the month ritual}. Take a look at it daily – or at least weekly.  I keep mine on my clipboard.

Q: What are some of the things YOU {as in YOU reading this now!} would love more of?

A: Give me YOUR answers here in comment section or on FB! {I’ll be sharing some of my loves I want more of in Facebook – find me by clicking on FB icon on right – or look me up under: Angela Harris Design / Your Life Organizer : )

P.S. Thank you for your wonderful interest in the Kitchen Command Center makeover giveaway! I’m super excited and will be announcing the winner shortly!!!

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