This last weekend we finally purged the house of all the stuff cleared during the Lent challenge. Until then it had just been lurking in a dark corner – gathering dust, causing us to trip on our way up the stairs (not down the stairs for some peculiar reason) and generally looking extremely unsightly.
We didn’t make this job any easier by deciding that it was also the perfect time to clear out the garden sheds consisting of ridiculous numbers of old paint cans, canes, car products, pots, broken garden equipment, spiders and all manner of other creepy-crawlies. Pretty much everything that needed to go from the sheds was nothing more than rubbish that we had ignored for years.
My little car practically burst at the seams taking all the junk to the rubbish tip and a very helpful team of men (no, I am not being sexist – they just were all male….there is a separate question of why there were only men working there but that is for another day) dispatched the items to their various “homes”. Several rubbish bags, stuffed full of: books, jars for tea, plastic tubs, items of clothing, CDs etc, went to the local charity shop hopefully to be sold for a worthy cause. Our final trip took a large bag full of the results of my book-clearout-frenzy to a specialist book shop for resale.
We were hot, tired and covered in dirt and grime but oh how jubilant our return to a more spacious house (ok, it needs a good clean now – the house didn’t escape the dirt altogether). Finally, the house is beginning to transform into a haven rather than a junkyard. I am beginning to find space to think, reflect, dream and just enjoy living instead of feeling guilty about the amount of jobs still to be done.
And it felt wonderful to have chucked out so much stuff that had been hanging around for no good reason whatsoever. In fact it was so good that I can’t leave it there and will be rushing off shortly to sort out the next bag.
If you need a feel-good moment, try clearing out a cupboard or two and relish the space you gain to live in. Keep me posted on how it feels and good luck.