While answering a comment yesterday the old saying “Out of sight, out of mind” popped into my head. I have talked at times about how decluttering makes it easier to clean your home; having fewer items to clean and fewer things to move so you can clean under them certainly makes the job easier. This is the obvious clutter. What about those items that are hidden away out of sight.
By the time I started my 365 Less Things challenge most of my clutter was out of sight because I am a bit of a neat freak. The hard work of making our belongings fit in to this smaller house was already done in the two years prior to this quest. Nonetheless, “out of sight” certainly wasn’t “out of mind” for me. I knew that the storage areas of our home were packed to capacity and something had to be done. I needed to have enough space in the cupboards to get things organized and easy to find, and I craved a little more open space around me where there was furniture whose only purpose was to store more stuff.
Slowly but surely our cupboards and wardrobes are all starting to become more like transition areas from where things regularly come and go rather than permanent tombs for items we no longer need or want. There were several pieces of storage furniture that are no longer filling up rooms and giving me those open spaces I craved. And the lessons I have learned along the way have cleared my mind of craving more things that would just waste the precious space I have worked so hard to find.
Not matter what stage you are at – whether you are still trying to find the floors or working on stuff hidden behind doors – every little thing that goes is one step closer to a lifestyle that you can be comfortable with physically and mentally. You may want to work quickly at first to find those floors then settle down to a slower pace but keep at it and don’t give up because trust me it is worth every effort you put into it.
ITEM 286 OF 365 LESS THINGS
I know some of you are probably thinking “Oh bah humbug Colleen” but if you knew my husband you would know he isn’t the kind for wearing ties never mind ones with snow men on. I am not even sure how we ended up with it in the first place.
5 Things I am grateful for today
- Enough sunshine to dry the sheets – It kept threatening to rain but I think Mother Nature was just teasing me.
- Cappuccino – I know coffee isn’t good for you but I don’t care.
- Cheap Tuesday – More naughty food but pizza won’t kill me, or will it.
- Documentaries – If I am watching TV I would rather it be educational if not I’ll settle for funny.
- The freedom to stand up for what you believe in – Another one of those things we take for granted at times. Even when we have that freedom we don’t always have the nerve to do it but when the two align it does feel good.