Clutter can suck the energy out of any room. It starts out little and then starts to grow and grow. It’s one of those things that you have to stay on top of or it will start making you feel more and more tired. I know I had this situation that in my kitchen. It took me about six years to get rid of junk drawers. Once I started getting rid of things the energy was more energized. I still go through more and more things. Sometimes I will tackle a stack of papers, other times I’ll make a game out of it by setting the timer.
Because we have recycling that comes through our neighborhood it is a great excuse to get rid of those clothes that serve no purpose. They’re comfortable and holey and we’re a little too comfortable to throw them away. This gives me many chances to get rid of them. Recycling is once a week just like the garbage. Even if I miss one round of it going to the recycling as rags it will always give me another chance next week. I had at one point toyed with the idea of making sock puppets but I made sure to nip that in the bud.
I am currently going through clothes that are good enough to be donated to charities. The reason I give to a charity instead of a consignment shop is that this way. I’m guaranteed that it will make it out of the house and it’s not coming back. If using a consignment shop works for you, than stay with it. I just know myself too well. This is my tough love for me.
It never ceases to amaze me that when something or someone has found their right place. Things start to flow with more ease; less clutter where there used to be. It took me almost six years to get a drawer cleaned out because I was so busy. When I would look at this drawer I didn’t even know what I wanted that drawer to be. I had the same problems with other areas of the room too. Part of the biggest problem was that the previous resident had started so many projects and not finished them. There was chaos in almost every room which made the energy of the rooms feel exhausting.
In the years, that I’ve lived here. I’ve tackled some pretty daunting projects to get the energy of the house to calm down and feel less exhausting. It took almost the eleven years to get things repaired or replaced. This last year was a really big win. Projects that had waited over ten years were finally within reach of being finished. These repairs have made the house feel more complete. Last night, after looking at some organizational tools for kitchens. I finally found an example of shelves that I have near my sink. They have a use and until last night, was never able to find an example of how they are used. As soon as, I got the idea I moved the dried beans in jars to the shelves. The kitchen now looks more put together than it has since I moved in.
I also feel like our space does mimic our lives. As we get more clarity it dominoes into other areas of our lives as well.