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Friday, March 20, 2009

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Life After Clutter


So after the New York photography crew leaves, and the L.A. stylist (who, in all her childless, young loveliness, thought our family room could use a white, wool rug), real life moves back in.

Real life with real children and real schedules and sometimes, a real mess. Several times since our clutter-free story came out, I've found myself praying that none of our friends pop over for a look. Things sure can come apart in a hurry. Observe:


But what's amazing to me is how fast they come back together now. The kindergarten rule holds true: a place for everything, and everything in its place.

The published article was culled down to about 2,500 words. I turned in about 5,000. I learned so much about stuff, and how to manage it, in the course of those six weeks. I hate that we had to leave so much on the cutting room floor, but accepting the reality of limited space is one of the basic principles of getting organized.

But I have some really good leftovers to share. Check on Noteworthy next week for tips, gadgets and discoveries that we couldn't cram into those seven pages (I suggest you use the feedburner link on that blog to subscribe to updates).

And stay tuned here for the story of how de-cluttering our home un-clogged our lives.



Blogger Strawberry said...

I loved that article, really enjoyed it. And then was amazed when I read your blog and realised it was you that wrote it -- I hadn't put two and two together.

I especially loved the shelves in the closet. Even if Lizzy Bennet might feel that shelves don't work in a closet, it was like an epiphany for me -- I've already primed my husband for the job! With a 3-year-old and a 2-year-old... oh, I hate hanging up all those fiddly little outfits -- I presently have 3 baskets of clean laundry just loitering around the family room because I can't bear the thought of taking them upstairs and wrestling with all those hangers. But shelves... shelves! What genius that is!

Thoroughly enjoyed the article, feeling very inspired, very relieved to see that you guys are human too and things still get messy, but heartened by the fact that you can get it back under control reasonably easily. Very much looking forward to reading the bits that were cut out in editing.

Off now to start finding places for everything, and putting everything in its place...

Strawberry at

5:47 PM  
Blogger Jane said...

You have a pretty house. I must say, after I read the "At Last, Clutter Free" house, I wondered what it would look like after your three boys had time to help it "relax" again. (I have three kids, too.) It's lovely and lived in.

I found your blog only yesterday, after reading an essay you wrote for GH on the recession and marriage. (I read it while waiting, in a waiting room.) Great essay -- I like your voice, plus honesty and pluck, too. So, of course, I had to read more.

I'm a new fan.

8:00 PM  
Blogger Erika said...

Kyran... we'll be applying your clutter information to Rob's office slash junk space on the third floor. Given free reign I could handle that space myself... but since it is his domain I have advised him to read your article.

Are you Facebook free now? I can't seem to find you.

7:10 AM  

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