I am completely surprised about how much stuff I have removed from my home to date. I think it is because for the past 8 years I have not recognized that my seasons have changed.
8 years ago I took on the massive current craze of scrapbooking. I took to it like a duck to water because it was a creative outlet Ineeded and at the time I was not working. Because I have always worked in music or design media scrapbooking gave me that release I needed to get crazy creative.
I collected bits and pieces of anything I could get my hands on to make interesting collages, cards and pages and truly loved it. I amassed one giant closet and a corner of a garage to this busy bee hobby and then suddenly I stopped.
I started working part-time for the family business.
I started directing a choir again and found a little less free time.
I began volunteering more at school and found even less free time.
I took on a weekly design job and now feel fully immersed again back in the work field.
Do I miss scrapbooking? Yes, maybe a little.
However I do not need to collect every single button, ribbon, ink pad, sparkly dot or unique stamp in the world to make a collage or card every now and then.
And my friends, this is just one hobby! Have I mentioned that my young son is 8 now. This opens a whole world of things that are in new seasons. Toys, clothes, hobbies, these have all changed for my little guy and yet some things I hang onto as if the world will suddenly flip and spin in the other directions if I do not let it go.
But I need to… and I am rambling and we need to get going on this challenge.
So here we go…
A quote from my journal a month before Christmas…
“I woke up in a mood this morning, stressed to my limit. It is the clutter surrounding me, sucking the very creativity out of my soul. I want it out of my life, out like the thorn in the lion’s paw. I want peace, but how to begin? I guess should begin with where I started and end where I want to finish. “
And I did, during this month I have decluttered my kitchen of anything that reminded me of my past life before California. These items where just a painful reminder of the abusive marriage I lived in but thankfully got the heck out. I let go and it was amazing. ( I am now married to Mr. Perfect)
And for the past three days I have let go of my former, obsessive scrapbooking hobby. A hobby I was using to fulfill the parts of me that I hold dearly. My creative and musical interests are now being fulfilled teaching young singers and designing cool print layouts for companies I love. .
I am not yet living a perfect fairy princes life and my house is now yet totally clutter free. But I am riding the clutter-fighting wave until the end.
I have no idea what I will find when I get to that end and maybe you never truly get there, but I am sure the journey will be awesome.
Come, throw you cautions to the wind and find peace with less clutter. The journey is much more doable with friends.
Simple Daily Challenge: Find your past season and see what you can let go to help you find peace and give you more energy to devote the season you are in now.
In other words, get rid of stuff you no longer need. Don’t buy anything to fill the spots, the empty spots will give you more time and energy for the good stuff.
Prayer and Meditation and