But I won’t lie. I had instant regret when I posted last Sunday that I was going to clean something each week, then post it Sunday night.
BLECK. How in BLAZES could I give myself such a death sentence?!
This is not creative! It’s… UGLY.
So I walked into the middle of the upstairs, spun around… and crawled under the blankets with my cats.
I wanted to. But no. I didn’t really do that. Only at night.
But I was completely and utterly overwhelmed. If I cleaned one thing, it would make another thing messy. Everything is connected to another.
It’s always so hard to start, isn’t it? It’s the worst.
So I did the only thing I could think of. I wandered to the room I used the most. And opened the drawer I used most.
The drawer of doom.
Well, one of them. I have a few.
Who else cannot understand little forks? What were little forks invented for? Pie? I don’t eat pie. Ok, teaspoons are good for AM coffee. But that’s all I use those for too.
I’m even procrastinating writing this post. Did you notice?
Bike ride, anyone?
Not. Going. Well.
SO… when I spotted the cutlery drawer like this, I decided to do something very nice for myself.
Last Christmas, I gifted myself with new cutlery I never did open.
That would be, over 365 days ago.
Even the boxes got dirty, they’ve been shoved around for so long.
So I gutted the drawer, then I allowed (ALLOWED) myself to unpack it, and wash it up.
Then I made a promise to myself. I’d only put back what I wanted to keep. Just like those pretty condo rentals had.
Just enough, and nothing more.
The ugly instantly turned into a sparkling gift!
Do you remember when you first moved out, how you unpackaged all this new stuff, and set up house? Everything was new, and neat and tidy looking!
That is how this felt. This over 10 year old drawer just needed some new friends.
And that’s when I convinced myself that I needed to host a ‘bridal shower’ (for no bride) for myself. Throw out the grungy stuff, and slowly over time, go treat myself to new.
Maybe you do this already for yourself. Good for you! You should!
But I rarely, if ever do.
And I think that’s a mistake. That could be a very big factor on why I let things go to the degree I do. Who wants to keep shuffling ugly ‘ol crap? I want to see some of my efforts sparkle.
It’s no different than when we decorate rooms. Shuffling old stuff doesn’t bring new life into anything.
Put back only what you love and have room for.
Replace the stuff you don’t love.
Love your space again.
It’s quite simple really, isn’t it?
Just enough. And nothing more.
I cannot tell you the pure joy I get out of opening this drawer, grabbing these silky smooth utensils. It makes even a simple cup of coffee feel so fancy!
Now this is the kinda purging I can handle…
So… did this inspire you to go gut a drawer or two?
What did you clean this past week? Or what will you?
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Just maybe… the dust free, minimalist bug will hit you too!