Today started with that kind of perfect morning. The wind was blowing the temp was cool and there had been a touch of rain the night before.
I spent an hour watering all the plants in the garden feeling the sun on my body and giving thanks for my life. The birds were singing and the sky was blue and I felt content.
My life is peaceful. I am happy with the simple things in life and I find it easier and easier to let go of any thing that adds clutter.
Over the weekend it was hot, hot, hot. On Sunday we decided to have an indoor project so we tackled the kitchen pantry. We took everything out, wiped down the shelves, mopped the floor, and got rid of anything we no longer used or needed. Now it feels better and I don’t cringe when I open the door.
Getting organized is something that feels good. Taking out the chaos of a closet, room, garage or anything feels like progress. It’s as simple as removing the clutter we collect. Don’t get me wrong, I am by no way a “neat” freak, far from it in fact, but instinctively I am more content with less stuff.
Once when I was moving I had a yard sale and everything was a dollar. People were shocked. Repeatedly, they would ask, “This is only a dollar?” I sold everything from household items to camping equipment for one dollar. Needless to say most everything sold, there was very little left on the curb.
Personally, it’s therapeutic to get rid of things. I feel a liberation that accompanies the purging. I have a much lighter feeling when it’s done.
M and I moved a little over a year ago to our forever home. We spent a good deal of time and energy donating and clearing out things we didn’t want to move. This included going through clothes using the “one year” rule-if we hadn’t worn it or used it in the past year it went away.
Recently, before the weather got hot we cleaned out the garage using the same rule. Now it feels great when we open the door or need to find something. M also took time and cleaned out her garden shed. She put up a pegboard and hung the tools. The mouse nest’s and dirt was blown out and everything is orderly.
The battle is to keep it that way. When we are in a hurry we’ll just toss something down and shut the door instead of taking the time to put it in it’s place. This is counter productive as you have to move the item twice instead of putting it where it belongs in the first place.
All in all I think we are making progress and becoming aware of how much better it feels to stay on top of things. All in all I love my life and finding the simplicity seems to suit me just fine.