I thought it might be time to write about my goal for this month. Seeing as how it is the middle of the month already.
I hemmed and hawed over what to do this month. My friend Carolyn suggested a a focus on diaphragmatic breathing for the month. I read a bit about that and love it, but maybe for another month.
The past few weeks I have been feeling blah and tired. My house reflects that. There is stuff piled up on most surfaces and our downstairs closets are all a mess. In our old apartment, this would not have worked. We didn’t have room for much clutter or sustained mess. In this sprawling home that we now occupy, I can ignore piles of papers and junk for weeks at a time.
So, with the holidays coming, my goal for this month is to clear the clutter and get things in order around here. It feels like exam time in college, when suddenly I needed to clean my room before I could actually study. I can’t go into Christmas with this much crap sitting around our house, weighing me down. I am starting to crave order again. After not caring for the past few weeks, this shift feels nice.
Some of this will be reminiscent of the 5-things challenge of January, where I got rid of 5 things a day for the whole month. This includes library books that need to be returned (note to self: do not check out 15 childrens’ books at a time. Bad idea. Where are those other 6 books?), sheets and pillows that I borrowed from a friend a few weeks ago, and returns to various stores around C’ville. And then lots of paper piles and general crap that needs to be sorted and tossed.
For some people this probably sounds like torture. For me, it feels like a relief. I feel weighed down and more stressed when I have too much stuff sitting around that should be taken care of.
For a little inspiration, I enjoyed reading Pancakes and French Fries during the month of October. She applied William Morris’ quote to her home for all 31 days of the month, and blogged as she went. Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.