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Now that the marathon is over, I’ve started my new job, and my schedule is settling back to what I consider normal, I’ve become a bit obsessed with the idea of simplification, primarily as it relates to our apartment.

Count on me to turn the idea of simplifying into something more complicated, right?

We decided to renew our lease in April, meaning we’ll spend at least another year in our current digs. That was a fairly simple decision, but lately I’ve noticed that I’m stressed out when I’m home.

The fact is, things have gotten rull cluttered, especially since our vacation (what is it about unpacking that tends to destroy your entire home?), and I think I’ll be a significantly happier person if I can carve out some more space.

In typical me fashion, I made a list of everything I want to accomplish in the next month. And I get bonus points because there are only four things on this list that cost any money — also helpful after our Parisien adventure. I’m calling it our Spring Simplification (because “spring cleaning” is kind of played out by now, right?).

Here’s the list, broken down by room:

BEDROOM
Move bed back
Hooks for hats and bags
Move trunk into bedroom
Hang curtains
Fix pictures over drawers

LIVING ROOM
New coffee table or TV dinner trays
Clean up corners
Map for over couch
Organize desk area

CLOSETS
Straighten linen closet
Clean out front closet
Reorganize crawl space

KITCHEN
Get Norden IKEA table
Sell dinner table
Clean out pantry

It’s only 15 things, many of which I could probably knock out in a day. (See? Even my list is simple.) Most of the items involve organizing/cleaning out, which, if you don’t know, are two of my favorite things in the whole wide world.

Once I check off every to-do, I honestly believe my life will be better. And then I can, you know, have people over again. Or something.

For those of you interested in this kind of thing, I’ll obviously be sharing before-and-afters. For the rest of you…I offer you this instead.

Here’s to a simplified spring!

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