Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Perfectly Imperfect

I have to confess: I am a "closet" neat freak! And by "closet," I don't just mean the small space in your home where you store and hang your belongings. I Love EVERYTHING to be in its designated, organized area; although you would never know it if you were to stop by my home for a visit around 4 pm every day. Toys, clothes, shoes, books, magazines EVERYWHERE!! It drives me absolutely crazy at times. I could spend days, weeks, even months, organizing my home. If I had a pantry that looked like this one, I would be in Type A Heaven!!

Reality check: My home, with two babies, a husband, and a Love for vintage collections, is not going to look like this for a decade or so   . . . or maybe not ever. But that is perfectly ok with me. I have recently found peace, acceptance, and an overwhelming Love for my mess after reading "A Perfectly Kept House is the Sign of a Misspent Life" by Mary Randolph Carter.  Mary Randolph Carter writes beautiful essays about "how to live creatively with collections, clutter, work, kids, pets, art, etc . . . and to stop worrying about everything being perfectly in its place." Thank you, thank you, thank you Mary Randolph Carter. You continue to be my source of wisdom, inspiration, creativity, admiration, and Love! (Can you tell I am absolutely infatuated with this woman?)

Mary Randolph Carter, a fellow Virginian, is the author of a collection of other beautifully written books entitled: "American Family Style," "American Junk," and "For the Love of Old." She is also the world renown Senior Vice President at Ralph Lauren.

The woman herself in her office at Ralph Lauren

Images via The Selby

So now, as I sit in my home office, looking around at all of the things I thought I needed to organize, put away, or get rid of; I am instead going to channel my inner "Carter," and embrace, cherish, and Love them all! (well almost all of them) xoxo


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