I want to wish a very Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there, but especially to my own mother. I've mentioned before that she inspired me to turn this organizing thing into a job. She taught me how to live light in a smaller space, to respect the things I owned, and how to create a home for myself (pro tip: paint is easiest way to transform a room!).
She has always encouraged me, offered advice, listened to my ups and downs, and acted as my cheerleader. I am forever grateful for everything she has done for me, my siblings, and our family and friends. I feel a little guilty that growing up, we really struggled with her request of "peace and quite" as the gift she wanted for her birthday and Mother's Day. We would say "ok, so like, we're not really sure how to do that so what can we buy you?"
Since I've spent the last year and a half simplifying and creating harmony in my own space, I'm starting to get the peace and quiet bit that she requested. I think she just wanted us kids not to be squabbling, but she also just wanted a calming space which translated to a tidy home.
When the outside world feels really stressful, I want to retreat into a comfortable place - a freshly made bed with a good book, or sinking into the sofa with a blanket and a cup of tea. So, thank you, Mom, for teaching me how to enjoy these simple pleasures. I not only get to enjoy this in my home, but I have the privilege of helping others find this kind of joy in their homes as well.