This week, I blocked out six days to take charge and do what needs to be done going forward. I made a massive investment in my future enjoyment.
With three people living in 1,000 square feet, open space is hard to come by. All winter, we practiced the dump and collapse method of life: we dumped our stuff as we walked in the door and collapsed on the couch.
Papers, clothes, hobbies, gadgets and other possessions staged a coup to take over the whole house.
The dog mistook one of the couches for a large bone and chewed off large hunks of foam. It looked like a foam confetti explosion party happened while we were at work. Doesn’t that figure? Freeloading dogs party, and we work all day to bring home the kibble.
After a hard winter, foam bits, paper piles, snaked up tangles of wires and book stacks stood accusingly, nagging us to deal with them.
In her organizing book, Making Peace with the Things in Your Life, Cindy Glovinsky calls the areas that bother you the most your Biggest Irritants, not necessarily the messiest areas. She recommends picking those to clean first for the most rewarding payoff.
With the help of many cups of espresso and strong sweet tea to get us buzzing, we took on ours.
Things I took care of
- Emptied the living room of everything
- Got rid of two couches
- Tore up 16-year-old carpet
- Fixed a hole in the floor
- Removed a rose bush and mulched
- Picked up a quarter-ton of hay
- Donated 50 books to our local library
- Donated 40 balls of yarn to a high school knitting club
- Donated a dozen pairs of shoes to a clean water project
- Gave away a table (amazing how quickly things disappear with a FREE sign on them, even when you live on a gravel road way out in the country. God bless you, person who took the table.)
Prepare for the future
I feel free and energized. I didn’t even know how much the clutter was draining me.
Do a spring cleaning on the things that irritate you the most. You will feel a new peace.
Lord, bless us with
Let us find our security in you,
not in what we buy or store.
Keep our hands open and
our minds at ease,
our future sheltered in your plan.
Tell me your thoughts!
What is causing you trouble right now that could use extra attention? Does your space support you? Have you had a chance to do spring cleaning?