monday mess * creating order


another monday, another mess.  yes?

i know these photos don’t portray a mess of any kind but, you’ll see.

truly, i could share from a variety of messes i have going on.  one being my car, after a 12 hour road trip with 6 people.  but, i’ll spare you of that.  we spent last week visiting family in atlanta and had a super nice time.

i feel like life has been so busy lately.  too busy.  and  i’ve been neglecting things.   i haven’t been taking the time to get things in order that are seemingly causing a lot of dis.order in my mind and my everyday.  say, the closet that i started cleaning in, like, april, but never entirely finished.  i sometimes start something and don’t take the time to finish it.  and now for 3 months, this unclean closet has been causing me so much mental clutter (thinking about when and how i will finish it) which seems to be bothering me more than the actual clutter, itself.


i’m not here to give you tips or suggestions on the best ways to stay organized or my most favorite products for organizing (although you could find some ideas here).   instead, i’ve decided that, somehow, someway, i’d like to spend a little less time online this week and little more time getting a few things in order and organized as well as just having some summer fun with my little ones.

i still struggle in wanting my surroundings to be clean, organized and uncluttered in an effort to feel calm, peaceful and mentally stable ( i mean…. mentally uncluttered).  i think there is a connection.  don’t you?  i’m not talking about a home that is perfectly decorated or constantly clean.  in fact, i’m learning more and more how much i really don’t care for perfect.  it’s boring.  perfectly imperfect is more my thing.  but, don’t get me wrong, embracing imperfection doesn’t mean being messy or disorganized.

i realize that in a household of 6 and with 4 little ones that there will be mess and disorganization.  there is no way around it.  but i’m also learning to let go of things (literally, as in getting rid of things we don’t need) more than i’ve ever been able to in the past in an attempt to find calm, mental space and function.  and i’m getting it that if things are too dis.organzied, than i need to stop and find time to create a little more order.


you know that whole, don’t have anything in your home that you don’t love or find to be useful thing?  well, i’m working towards that.  just being better at that would be fine with me.  i want my home to feel peaceful (cue in the inspiration photos  . . . stylish and peaceful).  i love the idea and concept of mindful living (having been thinking on it a lot lately).

so, this week, for me it’s going to be finishing my closet and cleaning up the playroom in the basement.  you all have seen my pretty playroom (which i assure you does not always look like this) but what lies beneath is kind of embarrassing.

click on through to get a glimpse (yes, i’m sharing a photo, just to boost some morale and make you feel better about your house . . . go ahead . . .



see?!?!?!?  feel better?  i thought so.  i’m going to feel better after i spend some time down here purging.

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i’m curious, do you think your surroundings affect you mentally or create inner clutter?  are you doing any purging this week?  and if so, do you struggle, like me, to get rid of things (thinking you just might need them later in life)?  what do you think about the idea of mindful living?

p.s.  this disastrous basement playroom used to my bedroom growing up.  it started out with a southwestern theme and then i moved on to forest green (you can see the color popping through on the shelves) and eddie bauer bedding.  the ceilings are extremely low but i wasn’t bothered since i’m a shorty at  5′ 3″

images : pinterest / signepling / mokkasin



  • Jessica
    Commented on July 8th, 2013 at 4:21pm

    Ah yes, the struggle of balance! I, too, enjoyed the article about Mindful Living via Decor8! It is so necessary when trying to achieve work-life balance – the need to take time out for yourself to fulfill your personal goals (not dealing with work). Purging has been a struggle but I’m working on it – in particular, my closet and things that I “think” I’ll need one day but never really use right now! I’ve got a pretty small apartment so making that adjustment has been necessary – I’ve learned to get rid of things without stopping to think about it (or i might change my mind)! Good luck this week!!

  • Trina
    Commented on July 9th, 2013 at 8:55am

    i know.. i hold onto a lot of things because i think i will need them one day or because it is good quality or i paid a lot for it. but i’m trying to let go. and you are so right… when you stop to think about it is when you run into trouble! thanks for the reminder! xo . t

  • Elisa {Fancy Free Me}
    Commented on July 8th, 2013 at 8:38pm

    Phew! I do feel better after seeing those last pics ;) I’m trying to go with a cleaner palette for my home in order to relax my being when I’m home. I kinda went color crazy when we bought our house-coming from apts where you can’t paint, I just had to go with color! Well it’s been 5 years and the color is slowing being replaced in each room. I started with the kitchen, painting everything white and it’s easily my favorite room. Now for the rest!

  • Trina
    Commented on July 9th, 2013 at 8:56am

    all white kitchens are the best…. that is the one thing i really wish i could change in my house!!!!! i feel so much clamer too with less color! xo . t

  • Victoria | Oh So Pretty
    Commented on July 8th, 2013 at 8:54pm

    Yes, I truly believe your surroundings affect you! Before I can even think about sitting down and studying (or doing anything productive), I have to clear the space around me.. clutter around clutters my mind. Purging and organizing is tough.. it can be physically and mentally exhausting. I hope you’re able to find the time to clean up a bit so you can relax.

    On a brighter note, I am so happy I stumbled upon your blog. It is truly lovely, and I am excited to follow!

    PS. Thank you for sharing the last photos – they’re not too bad.. I see them as a place where happy children play! :D


  • Trina
    Commented on July 9th, 2013 at 8:59am

    thank you!!! and i’m so glad the photos of the mess are being enjoyed – ha! and yes, the kids have fun but it almost to the point of not enough space to really play. i’m half way through it…so hoping to finish today or tomorrow. oh, and i’m with you…i can’t relax when there are dishes to do or e-mails to return. that is part of my problem in not getting the bigger things done because i always want the little things out of the way! again…balance :) xo . t

  • Annabelle
    Commented on July 10th, 2013 at 10:48am

    I am a clutter-collector, I attach memories to everything & therefore have the HARDEST time getting rid of stuff – but lately I have been in a purging mood (impending moves have that effect) and it’s been nice to get through stuff. Even though I like being surrounded by memories, it’s amazing how much lighter you feel when it’s just the best of the best that’s left! I made myself a list of places that needed attention and divided them up as small as possible (read: bathroom cabinets, floor under bed, top shelf of front closet, etc) so that I could tackle one tiny thing at a time…seems to help a little, plus I just love crossing things off lists!

  • Trina
    Commented on July 16th, 2013 at 9:56am

    exactly…me too. attach memories to my kids stuffed animals and pieces of paper. i am a noticer and a collector. i think there has to be a way to a minimilist one though .. ha! best of the best is such a great way to look at it. thanks for the insight girl! and great idea for dividing things up! xo . t

  • Andie
    Commented on July 10th, 2013 at 3:29pm

    yes…this has been my motto/mantra (whatever you want to call it) for the past 3 weeks. i actually wrote the quote “have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful” in large printing on our wall chalkboard. i see it multiple times a day and my pile of “stuff” is getting bigger + bigger. i have been purging like mad – and i feel soo good! (and planning a yard sale to free myself of the things that i don’t quite feel should be “thrown” away makes me feel a bit better about doing it). last night i just finished reorganizing my desk and shelves and already i feel a better sense of calm – we could call all this craziness “nesting” too i guess…i think i do this during each pregnancy ;)

  • Trina
    Commented on July 16th, 2013 at 9:54am

    that is the way the mantra goes… thanks for the clarifying! glad you are finding some calm in purging! good luck with the yard sale! xo . t

  • Mara Dawn
    Commented on July 16th, 2013 at 11:39am

    I feel the same way, that there is a mental and physical space correlation. My mind is always cluttered if my house it. I’ve also been trying to let go of more things we don’t need. And, my closet has also been a mess for the past few months. It’s just so hard to do it all!

  • Trina
    Commented on July 16th, 2013 at 4:10pm

    i know…i feel like i’d like a week at home all by myself to just clean and organize ;)

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