Hey! Me again. I know I don’t post on here often enough but I plan on that changing over the next few weeks.
An update. My house is on the market for rent. But as yet I’ve had no takers. I’m blaming Brexit here for the flat housing market (and much more) but don’t get me started on that one. Or am I actually telling the universe that I love my home and don’t want to part (however temporarily) with it yet?
Anyway, in preparation for life’s next possible steps I have been busy sorting through my ‘stuff’. Ok, between doing fun things as well, like weekends away, going to concerts, the ballet and so on.
Like I mentioned in a previous post, the ‘stuff’ in my house is pretty much the contents of a 20 (plus) year marriage, that the Ex cherry picked from when we separated and I was left with. Now I was kind of ok with that but the thought of sorting it, de-cluttering and down-sizing has been weighing me down, to the extent that it’s only now, 5 years after the divorce, I can finally face the task.
But now I’ve started I’m like a woman on a mission!
There have been tip runs, charity shop runs, recycling, freecycling and gifting.
And I’ve nowhere near finished yet!
Now I don’t profess to be an obsessivly clean housekeeper, I will actually avoid housework if I can but I do like to be reasonably tidy, a place for everything and everything in its place sort of girl. If you were to visit my home you would think it was clean and ordered and I always know where to lay my hands on a pair of scissors but that’s another story to tell! So what went wrong I ask myself.
Of course I know that clutter blocks the flow of chi around the house, yes I dabbled in feng shui back in the 1990’s and that a tidy house is a tidy mind.
I watched TV programmes years ago with the likes of Anthea Turner being the house godess of clean and tidy and the lovely Kim and Aggie sorting and swabbing our mess and now we have the very sweet and bouncy Marie Kondo asking if your objects bring you joy. I discovered vertical folding years ago, and oh my goodness what a revelation that was, my drawers bring me joy everyday!
And didn’t Willaim Morris, back in the 19th century, say “have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful”?
But I have to say I’ve been amazed at how much lighter this process has made me feel. What pleasure my neat and tidy ordered loft gives me! My shed is a delight and my fridge has so much space in it now I didn’t know it was that big! Tell me, just how exactly does the top shelf of the fridge fill up with so many half empty out of date jars?
So I wonder why so many of us fill our lives with so much clutter and why we as a society have the compulsion to keep buying more?
Let’s all do our mental health a favour and clear some clutter to give us space to breathe huh?
And yes, I’m ashamed to admit, this sinkful was from the top shelf of my fridge. Not pretty huh?