Transition usually involves upheaval. Things get messy. Closets are in disarray. Bedrooms are undone. Calendars are packed and sometimes so are bags.
Often times, the chaos of your personal change has become so all encompassing that it’s busted the seems and left your personal space in shambles. This is one of my least favorite parts of transition !!! When the space around me is a mess, it’s incredibly hard for me to 1) sit quietly and rest, and 2) accomplish anything productive. But sometimes transition demands living in the litter for a while. Let’s say you’re about to move out and go to college. Or maybe you’re a week out from your wedding and when you get back from the honeymoon you’ll have a new physical address. In these circumstances, it’s nearly impossible to go on with the transition while also maintaining personal order in your space. This is why I’ve adopted the practice of creating petite pretty places in my home, or more simply: happy corners! I place a happy corner in the rooms in which I dwell so that certain little spaces I select are clean, pretty, and all for me, despite the reality that the majority of my physical spaces reflect the upheaval of my transition.
Example: recently our house had work done that required we move all items out of several bedrooms. This, as you can imagine, led to a little bit of chaos and a lot of mess. I work from home, so working in a space that was insane was just not going to do. So instead of gritting my teeth and forcing myself to be productive even though the space around me was disheveled, I created a few petite pretty places in the rooms where I spent my time in. The closets were a mess, the drawers in my dresser overflowing, but the top of my desk? It was neatly decorated in a way that made me happy and ushered more creativity. Other petite places I made pretty were: the bathroom countertop, the windowsill in my office, and the top of my bookshelf. The bathroom cabinets? Yes, probably needed organizing. The storage in my office? Ya, don’t ask. The bottom of the bookshelf? Come see for yourself it could use some tidying. But having small, pretty places in my spaces that were controlled and creatively designed, even in the midst of moving-rooms-around chaos, helped me to not only feel happier and be more productive, but have a better attitude overall about the clutter in my life during my transition.
So, getting married or moving out soon? Feeling frazzled because you need to start packing now because it’s quite a lot, but not wanting to because it’s going to drive you crazy to life in a mess? Go ahead and start taking care of the packing business, but select a few places in your space that will be your designated happy corners. Maybe it’s as simple as decorating a room with one simple vase of flowers. Maybe it’s keeping top of your desk tidy, like me. It could be the wall next to a window that you love. Or maybe it’s the top of your dresser or the ledges of your bathtub. Whatever it is, follow beauty as you go through the messy part of your transition and create some happy corners!