We have a total of four choices of seating in the entire house: an armchair each (one purple, one red) and the 2 seater sofa. The sofa doesn’t get sat on much; unless we need to share a takeaway or we have visitors. We rarely have visitors, but it seems reasonable to be able to offer them a seat if we do 🙂
The sofa’s other main function is by default “the temporary dumping ground”. This was fine as I was in the habit of clearing it, if it needed it, every night before I went to bed.
However, two months ago my husband had a bit of a clearout and put a large pile of papers/magazines on the left hand seat. He didn’t want to get rid of them but couldn’t think were to home them (much of it is magazine subscriptions for past interests.)
He’d done so well to get rid of other stuff, I hadn’t the heart to challenge these homeless strays. But what happened?
They have stayed on the sofa for over two months,
that’s what happened!
And by the laws of attraction, it also resulted in me dumping my stuff next to his pile and failing to clear it…because I couldn’t achieve that nice clear look for the whole sofa so I think a kind of ‘why bother’ attitude snuck in without me realising. And we both stopped seeing it.
Yesterday however, we were due a visitor while my husband was at work. This event has made me realise how visitors can be a very good thing for keeping on top of clutter and seeing things with fresh eyes! Suddenly, the state of the sofa really bothered me.
I went through all of my stuff, re-homing or shredding and moved his pile to our bedroom until the visitor had gone. Once gone, I didn’t put it back on the sofa but on top of a old storage truck we have in our living room this was still a temporary home but had the positive effect of we were both able to ‘see it’ again: the pile had become invisible to us.
30 hrs later and they have now been properly re-homed on a bookshelf with a little juggling of poorly used space on there. I am currently lounging in the sun on the sofa writing this 😀
I shall be reverting to my ‘nothing stays on the sofa overnight’ rule. Is there any clutter in your home that has become invisible to you?
Today’s Mini Mission
Today’s area is as Cindy dubbed it The Black Hole. This is that area in your home where you dump things when you walk in the door and or need dealing with but not right now. Hall tables, kitchen benches, dining tables seem to often fall into this category. Read Cindy’s post that I linked to above, determine your black hole, deal with what is lingering there and try to come up with a better or organised system so the black home can be eliminated once and for all
Eco Tip for the Day
Using electricity off-peak doesn’t save electricity but it can lessen the strain at peak times which can result in a reduced necessity to increase infrastructure.
For a full list of my eco tips so far click here
It matters not how fast I go, I hurry faster when I’m slow