If you haven’t heard about purging or organizing or minimalism or hygge or quieting our homes … or slowing our lives this month, then I’m assuming you’ve been on some sort of social media hiatus. If on the other hand, you’ve become a student of such things, then I’m right there with you. It’s January and our hearts and minds naturally seem to turn this direction as each new year gets underway. I’ve been a lifelong organizer, but this past year has been a bit different than others. It’s been more than a little surprising and inspiring to see the beauty of a good purge a quiet space and a fresh slate.
A good purge
If you’re joining us this morning from my sweet friend Carmella’s blog then let me just say welcome and I’m so glad you’re here! I have long admired her confidence in against-the-grain simplicity and her way of treasuring the everyday. I’m quite sure you too have come to appreciate that about her. When her family moved from Florida to Wyoming she opted for an intense home purge like none I had ever seen. I still enjoy a few treasures from that purge and even more than those treasures, the entire concept that she had unknowingly introduced me to. A good purge.
In our home, the purge started with our bedroom closet and has s-l-o-w-l-y made its way through our home. The blessing of our daughter and son-in-law moving in for a few months over the summer, as well as the decision to go ahead and finish the basement, have added no small amount of chaos to the process.
But the honest truth is that I’m incredibly sentimental. As much as the minimalist mindset appeals to me, I have a tough time when it comes to things to which I have attributed some level of nostalgic value. They say this is not uncommon and I’m wondering if this is a tough one for you too?
A quiet space
It’s preciesly why the sewing room has been last on my list of areas to tackle. Even Marie Kondo suggests that the tidying process move from the least to the most sentimental, the easiest to the toughest areas to let go. And though I’m not a purist when it comes the KonMari method, this is a concept that I completely understand.
This room is filled with my Mama’s creativity, my Daddy’s ingenuity, and a smattering of family heirlooms tucked here and there. The problem is that it’s so chock full of sentiment that the beauty of each item has been lost in the overall noise of the space.
A few weeks ago, after a frustrating episode of trying to locate what I needed for a project and feeling a bit claustraphobic with the clutter, I finally decided it was time to make a change. It’s not exactly unlike the resolve we all make to get in shape after the excess of the holidays.
I’m not really sure where this room will be on the other side of this purging and quieting job but these are the things that I do know …
it will not require new paint on the walls
it will not involve much money if any at all
it will hold less furniture
it will call for shopping the house
it will have less clutter on flat surfaces
it will most definitely highlight family heirlooms telling part of our story
it will include enough white space for creativity to flourish
A fresh slate
It feels a lot like an operation, doesn’t it? This purging of sentimental treasures. There can be a certain fear in the anticipation of “the procedure”. There’s the cutting away of excess, and the long road to recovery is much akin to the time required from the start to the finish of such an undertaking. But in the end, there’s beauty, healing and a new normal for what had been a growing problem. And along with that comes a new motivation to do everything possible to avoid repeating the painful procedure.
The beauty of a good purge a quiet space and a fresh slate
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So how about you? What area of your home, or days, are ready for a good purge, a quiet space and a fresh slate? If it’s a space in your home do tell us about it. These undertakings are so much nicer with friends to share the path.
If it’s the hours in your day, then might I suggest my friend Sarah’s new course, Finding Time to Hold Dearly. You’ll be amazed at the calm in your heart and schedule in the midst of accomplishing more than you ever imagined possible.
Either way, I would love to know if you are also on this journey so we can encourage one another along the way. And hopefully soon, we can share updated pictures and stories of the beauty that comes from a good purge a quiet space and a fresh slate.