Empty Boxes

You know that you are making progress when the “declutter” for the day is empty boxes, storage containers, baskets and the like. That’s what left the house today.  Lots and lots of empty receptacles.  The family room/studio/classroom is decluttered and cleanish.

The only stuff that I didn’t deal with is my art.  Art that used to hang in a church:  art that was made for a life that is no longer the one I am living.  A lot of history including joy, growth and grief.  There are lot of emotions wrapped up in that art.  For now, it will remain tucked in the storage area covered by a quilt.  I know it’s there and I know that I need to make some decisions about it all, but not right now.  It’s out of sight, but not out of mind.  I’m learning to recognize when I’m avoiding an issue that is impeding my journey.  Something that is holding me back.

I keep reminding myself that this is a journey that cannot be traveled quickly.  For now, I’m exited about the progress that I’ve made.  A full pick-up load of stuff is gone to the thrift store and recycling.  The trash can was full yesterday and is already half-full today.

There is space in the room to set up my drying rack so I can cut down on my dryer use.  My art desk is clear.  There are two comfy chairs clear of clutter sitting next to the fireplace ready for winter snuggling.  The school stuff is organized and a plan is in place to read the books that we have on the shelves and to share them with other homeschoolers in the next few months.

I really and truly can’t find anything else in there to get rid of.  But that’s today.  We’ll see what tomorrow brings.  I may become a minimalist yet.

Um, probably not!

Miscellany

Today I am giving myself permission to waste away the day in miscellaneous tasks.

Quite a few of my chairs (of the dining room and desk variety) have seen better days and I lucked into a lot of 3 sturdy and cheap replacements at the thrift store the other day.  As a result there is now a plethora of seating options laying about in my dining room.  Picture a hoarders’ assortment and you get the idea.  On most days there are four of us around the table.  On weekends and other gathering days there can be as many as twelve.  Then there is the classroom which requires two at the school table and two at my studio table.  Today I am sorting through and picking out the best in need of no repair, discarding those beyond hope, and working on those that are in between.  Glue, paint, new woven seats for the ladderbacks and we are good to go.  I think 10 is a good number.  They can move between the dining room and classroom/studio.  We’ll never need them in both places at once.  Desk chairs can fill in for a crowd.  So, a fun task – making the old look new again – or at least eclectic and fun.

Then, I’m working on the odd bits of unfinished projects that I sorted out a while back.  Finish them or let them go…that’s the plan for today.  Quite a few supplies are stacked about with each unfinished project.  This should free up the supplies to go back into their storage containers.  My desks will be freed up for new projects that are lurking in my head.  The whole cycle can start up again, BUT I’m hoping that I’ve made enough progress that I’ll stay on task better and not jump from idea to idea.  I’ve set up a tidy little space for journaling ideas so I don’t have to worry about “losing” them until I can begin work on them.

I’m also hemming some fabric from IKEA that got hung as curtains without actually ever being completed.  I don’t imagine that many others have noticed that they were unfinished, but I did every time I glanced their way.  It will be good to see a finished project instead of an incomplete one.

Lots of little (ish) tasks, but most of them fun and creative.  I imagine that quite a lot of cleaning and de-cluttering will get done along the way.  Once new chairs are in the dining room, I’ll want to clear surfaces.  Once the surfaces are clear, I’ll probably want to sweep and mop the floor…and so on and so on.

The list is pitched for the day in order to get this all done.  I’m struggling quite a bit with anxiety and the resulting sadness lately.  I don’t know exactly what’s going on, but it’s really wearing me down.  I’m hoping that completing some of these tasks and adding in the creative element will give me a sense of completion and forward progress.

I’d really just like to take a nap.