Last year, I moved with my family from the U.S. to Australia. As a result, we’re now living in a smaller house with a lot less stuff. Having fewer things made me happier, in part, because I found it liberating to simplify and streamline my belongings.
Any move, particularly a big one, provides an opportunity to shed things we no longer need. Once settled, however, it’s easy to fall into old habits and allow new things to fill the empty spaces. I’ve come to believe that these empty spaces, whether literal or figurative, give our lives the room we need to grow. In a bid to keep the excess clutter at bay, I’ve been focusing on “clutter-free” gifts. These are gifts of experiences, consumables or time that can be used up without leaving much residual clutter behind.
Lauren Tucker of the beautiful site An Organized Life kindly allowed me to contribute a guest post explaining how and why I am focusing on clutter-free gifting. If you’re interested, you can read my Clutter-Free Gifting post here.
In addition to being kind and generous, Lauren has exquisite taste. Her Instagram feed is full of such pretty, elegant images. Let’s get to know the lovely Lauren a little bit better.
Five Questions with Lauren from An Organized Life
1. When was the last time you felt truly happy and why?
I would have to say I’m a generally happy person, but the last time I wholly felt at peace, relaxed and happy was while I was still pregnant. I was having a late afternoon nap in the summer time and I woke up to the sun streaming through the windows, a light breeze magically causing the curtains to slowly flow back and forth, and wind chimes coming from our neighbor’s home.
2. What is your #1 tip for creating a happier home life?
Less stuff! The less clutter you have in your life, whether it be physical, virtual, emotional etc. the happier home life you can create!
3. If you could choose anyone in the world to be your mentor, who would it be and why?
Oh my goodness that’s a hard one! I think I would at this point in my life have to say Shannon Ables. She truly has been a mentor without knowing it! Her book, podcast and website are constant sources of inspiration and motivation. I would absolutely love to meet her in real life and just basically stare at her and ask her a million questions.
4. What’s the best/worst gift you’ve ever given/received?
The best gift I’ve ever received would have to be my husband. Probably cheesy of me to say that, but that’s the truth! The worst gift was probably a trip to Scotland that I actually gave to myself when I was in my mid 20’s. Huge waste of money and time! It took me awhile to get out of debt from that trip!
5. Who would you want to play you if there were a movie made about your life?
I would have to say Uma Thurman. We look (slightly?) similar (blondes of the world unite!) and I think we have the same kind of humor and attitude.
Thank you, Lauren!