A Beverly Cleary Morning

I wish I could transport myself to the world of Beverly Cleary where Ramona Quimby and Henry Huggins reside, where wholesomeness and classic Americana abound. I want to escape this fast-pasted era of technology for a while and just slow down like the “good ole days”. Granted, the 1950s were a few decades prior to my birth but from my understanding, life was simpler, and right now I’m craving simplicity.

The other morning I literally stopped to smell the roses. Their perfume was intoxicating. I truly enjoyed the moment and then started to cry. Not because of the roses, but because I lost my beloved mother just 8 weeks ago. Yellow roses were her favorite, though these were pink. In the world of Beverly Cleary’s stories, the neighborhoods have trees and flowers and white picket fences, and family meals. My mom grew up in this era. Life was simpler. No cellphones, no technology, no FOMO.

Family values were of utmost importance. While I place a high value on this, I think I get caught up in the daily stresses and priorities get skewed while everything and everyone vies for my attention. I’m determined to be more mindful. Mindful of what I say, what I do, where I focus my attention…and to stop and smell the roses. I think my mom would be proud.

Published by Karen Furman

Hi. I’m Karen Furman, a home organizer and decluttering professional. Organizing is something I’ve been doing since 1st grade when used to straighten everyone’s desks. Fast forward a few decades later, I turned my passion for organizing into a business. Philosophy = Your home should be organized so you know where things are, to the degree that you feel relaxed and not stressed in your space. Method = A combination of Marie Kondo + FlyLady + my own style. YOU make the decisions. YOU decide what to keep and not to keep. I help provide clarity. Attitude = Positive, enthusiastic, non-judgmental

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