Monday, December 29, 2008
Order and Inspiration
We have had a lovely Christmas week filled with thoughtful gifts, family game nights, movies, rest and relaxation....but yesterday my mother (who is visiting from Missouri) helped me get everything back into place and brought order again to my living areas. And now I can breathe again. The natural pressures that come with the holidays left me especially tired this year with so much nausea and pregnancy fatigue, but now with order and the familiar, I feel invigorated again.
I look forward to a January filled with re-ordering my closets, decluttering clothing, and making the routines of a family of six run more smoothly. Bring orderliness from chaos brings me such pleasure, and I have noticed that we all take a collective happy sigh when the home is organized. From order springs the ability for greater inspiration and creativity...I find that when my nest is in too much disarray, the creative processes seem stunted and thwarted (where is my ____?). Even since getting our common living spaces back to normal in the last 24 hours, my mind has begun spinning with ideas for knitting, sewing, decorating, and other domestic pleasures. Find order and you find greater creativity.
To find inspiration for greater creativity, I love reading good magazines and books. These books found their way under the tree for me, and I have spent most of today indulging myself in The Gentle Art of Domesticity. A few mornings ago I sipped hot tea in bed for an hour while also drinking in the simple beauty of the photos in A Year of Mornings which then led me to snap my own morning photos of my little life. An English muffin with strawberry jelly. Utensils in the sink. Favorite Christmas gifts received. The encouragement to really notice is what strikes me the most from this book...to have eyes to see the lines and colors and beauty in the everyday.
Here's to finding order and inspiration as we pack away the old and enjoy the newness that comes with a fresh year. A clean slate. A new start with our homes...to make them more useful and beautiful. A renewed inner place of inspired creativity and a greater appreciation for the domestic arts...the simple daily touches that we as women do that transform our houses into inviting homes, restful havens, and nurturing nests.