Cindy’s Weekly Wisdom
Dan and I were sitting in the living room recently. He looked around with great satisfaction and said, â€œThis is the new messy.â€ I wasnâ€™t sure what he meant. I looked around too. There were a couple of things on the coffee table that didnâ€™t belong, a stray pair of shoes, the dog beds were sort of tossed to the side, and a project of mine that I had basically abandoned but not put away was sitting on the floor. I said, â€œIt is kind of messy in here. What do you mean?â€ He replied, â€œI mean, if we have company, we could have this room completely together in an hour, including dusting and cleaning the floor.â€
The new messy. I like it. Believe me, Iâ€™d had more than my fill of the old messy, where we couldnâ€™t have company because it would take too long to get the house together.
How did we get there, and more importantly, how can you get to the new messy in your own home?
One day at a time, one item at a time.
Your house didnâ€™t start looking like a toy store, a book shop, a paper factory, or a junk shop in one day, and it wonâ€™t be remedied in one day. Itâ€™s taken me more than a year to get to the new messy. It may take you six months or three years, but once you get started, eliminate one or two items a day, and you keep after it day after day, your situation will improve.
What will the new messy look like to you? Will it be defined as being able to sit on the sofa without moving a pile of items? Finding something in a drawer the first time you look, in the first drawer you look in? Having company stop by and being able to say without flinching, â€œWonâ€™t you please come in?â€ Or maybe itâ€™s being able to downsize to a house half of your current size or being able to actually count the number of items that you own without running out of numbers? Whatever your goal, you can get there one day at a time, one item at a time.
Today’s Declutter Item
I seem to be finding that I need less and less kitchen storage containers these days. Or is it just that they actually haven’t been used for some time and I am only now coming to terms with letting them go. Getting some return on your items can make it a lot easier to part with them. I sold this Tupperware container for $10 on ebay. The lady who bought it lived locally so saved $10 in postage by picking it up. She ended up giving me a tip so I actually got $14.00 for it.(Thank Carmel)
Something I Am Grateful For Today
Last week and today I have been trying to figure out some link issues that two of my readers have been having. In the process these two lovely ladies have written such beautiful stories and thank yous to me about their declutter missions and how my blog has helped them along the way. It is gratifying to know how my unique approach to decluttering has worked for people that could not find the solution any other way. I have received many lovely stories and thank you messages over the last 18 months and I am grateful for each and every one of them. It is very time consuming to produce a post five days a week and respond to all the wonderful comments I receive. But let me tell you it is a labour of love that is well worth the effort. Thank you all for keeping me company on my journey.