“Cleaning is just putting stuff in less obvious places.”
About two years ago I was bitten by the minimalist bug. It took me about 14 months to feel the itch. But then I got the itch really bad.
At that point I said something about getting rid of half of my possessions by the end of the year. You’d think people would forget such a ridiculous statement, but periodically someone would ask how the project was going. I could still close my closet doors so what was the problem! Then I got to thinking. Always a dangerous thing for me to do.
At any rate, fate stepped in, as it is apt to do when we speak. My husband finally agreed with me that it was time to get rid of the carpeting and have the floors redone. This is a suggestion that I made about 12 years ago. And so we did. And the 110 year old oak floors are beautiful.
So here’s the tie-in with my minimalist project. In order to have the floors done we had to empty the four rooms. So the furniture was put into the garage and smaller possessions were packed into boxes. Post floor re-dos I decided to go through each box item by item and divest. It was wonderful and effective.
Then I attacked my closet and decided I wasn’t going to a ball anytime soon so my dressy clothes went. I now own about a eight black tops and every day I wear a black top and jeans. Never a question of what to wear.
This past week we were hit with a cold snap. Nice time to stay in. Great time to attack my recipe “collection”. Filled the shredder’s bin twice. I now have about 2 dozen recipes that we love, which are in a binder with labeled sections.
Now, only things the I love and consider beautiful are allowed into my life. That keeps me from looking into the mirror immediately after I get up in the morning. We all have to do what we have to do!
Loveya – The Grandma
Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.