Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Space to Breathe


As you know, I’ve been working towards a fresh start. Last week was the first part of what I’ve started to call my happiness boot camp. I detoxed with fresh juices during the week and gave myself the weekend off (hence the cotton candy you saw on Instagram). I started the Fresh Start meditation and I started the 100 Happy Days challenge. It’s been going pretty good.

I’ll note the Fresh Start meditation wakes me up and keeps my mind from wandering. Unfortunately, it’s because my arms are on fire from being in the arrow position at the end of the 9 minutes. That said, I do feel better for doing it and once my arms get used to it, I think I’ll be able to focus on more than the time ticking down.

What the “fresh start” has done is inspire me to give my house a fresh start as well. I read an article the other day that asked “If your house were burning and your family, pets, and purse were already out of harm's way, what else would you want to save? The point was if there are things in your life you wouldn’t save, get rid of them. You don’t need things around you that don’t fit, don’t work, or that don’t get any use.

That sounds really simple but for some reason it was like a revelation for me. I’ve donated tons of clothes over the years but the last major purge I did was before we moved into our current home. And let me tell you, you can’t tell I purged because my house is full. Each closet, the garage and all of the rooms are full of stuff I don’t need.  Don’t get me wrong. I am not a hoarder but I certainly have more items than I need or use. In fact, for what I use, I could have a totally minimal space. Such a space would be perfect in its simplicity. No more rummaging for that one yellow sweater that I loved last Fall or the metal skewers that I put in the pantry…or the silverware drawer…or was it the china cabinet??? And speaking of the china…well, you get it.

So, it’s time to go through my house like things are on fire. Actually, I don’t like that visual. Let’s go with “It’s time to purge like I’m moving to a place half the size of my current house.” I’m not getting rid of the major furniture or the things we absolutely use, but I am getting rid of just about everything else. Goodbye old pots that aren’t as much “seasoned” as they are burnt out. Goodbye four sets of plates I’ve accumulated since college (in addition to my china). Goodbye clothes in every size but my own. Goodbye reusable takeout containers that never seem to have a matching lid. Goodbye piles of mail that I was supposed to shred months ago.

If the next 100 (well, 89) days are supposed to be about finding my happy, I think this is a key part. Paring everything down will make the house a more peaceful place. I am always happy at home but I confess I am happier when everything is put away, surfaces are clean and there are no dishes in the sink. I also think completion of the purge will inspire me to get hyper organized and to keep everything clean…or hire someone to do it. (Confession: I hate to clean. The last major super clean was during Spring Cleaning. Everything since has been basic maintenance--dishes, vacuuming, laundry, sinks, toilets and showers.) I need to do better. The mantra for this week is clear space, clear mind. 

I'll be following some of the steps outlined here. Happy Tuesday!  

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