Darin Michelle
Creative Director

Darin Michelle

Made in Maryland

Organize and Simplify

There are so many ideas I have constantly floating around in my head. In my mind I have an idea for a workshop, a children's book, art projects, home projects, a kids clothing line and more! Whew! I'm tired just typing that out! I ask myself, how can I organize my ideas and life when I can't even manage to match my socks?!? How can I organize and simplify? IMG_4862


Thankfully for me and all of my aspirations, me matching my socks doesn't have much to do with completing the tasks necessary to reaching my goals. This year, my greatest goal has been to launch 19FIFTYTHREE, but life and success is about more than launching. Anyone can have an idea and anyone can launch, but it takes true dedication to grow your idea, market it and meet the goals necessary to have your idea live and thrive. So, what are the next steps? I think they look something like this:


Remember when we actually use to write things down? Let's get back to that. For me, majority of my work is done in front of the glowing screen. Breaking out a pencil and pad can be the best therapy. There is something calming and freeing about writing and sketching out ideas; a calm that doesn't come from the computer. I feel like I can see things a little clearer when I put pen to pad.

Having a cluttered mind and space will product more clutter, which perfectly combines organizing and simplifying - remove the clutter from your mind through writing it down and remove the clutter from your space by throwing it out. Make space for new ideas and better, more functional things.


Practice and master! I remember when all of my goals use to be 2-3 months. This time always flies by much faster than I anticipate, causing me to then rush myself just to find gratification in meeting the goal even if it wasn't well done. I feel that there is an importance in practice and an even greater importance in mastering something. My goal is to be able to fully back up every project I work on and making sure that each thing is an honest piece of work.

By doing this, I am learning to pace myself and find the things that are either truly close to my heart of just a fleeting idea.


Find time to regroup! This is very important for me. As a full-time Designer and Child-raising Ninja, finding time to relax and regroup can make or break me. Taking time to breathe, spend time with myself and think about the things ahead is a great way to make sure you're not getting ahead of yourself. It's also an important way to figure out exactly what you can handle. If you can't find an hour to have to yourself in a week, you may be doing too much. Scale back your tasks and see what comes from a little me-time.

All of this is going into effect...NOW! How are you planning on organizing and simplifying in the new year?


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