Just five thingsPosted: August 6, 2012
Way back at the beginning of the year, I mentioned an idea a friend had to help get rid of the extraneous stuff that accumulates in life. She suggested that we take on getting rid of five things every day. That’s all. Just five things.
The idea, in case you missed it, is to somehow dispose of five items a day. Recycle, reuse, repurpose, donate, or if it’s not suitable for any of those things (such as that favorite nightshirt that’s been washed so many times that the fabric has thinned and it will soon have more holes than shirt about it), throw it away.
Well. (Followed by a deep sigh.) I started out with good intentions. The problem with good intentions is that they’re not much good without follow-up. I don’t remember how long I kept up with the project. I don’t remember when I stopped. It seems like it’s been a long while, and in the meantime, stuff continues to accumulate in spite of my good intentions.
Starting today, I will go back to properly disposing of five things a day. I have decided to make it a “finish out the year” challenge, in which I will do this for the rest of 2012. Hopefully by that time it will carry forward into the new year as a habit, and I will continue forever or until I’ve pared down to nothing except what I consider the essentials for a happy life.
Just what do I consider to be the essentials for a happy life? I don’t know yet. That was supposed to be part of the paring down process, discovering what I need, what I think I need, and what I’ve known for a long time I don’t need anymore.
Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depend on simplicity.
That’s really all I want to do — simplify. I am starting with the “art desk” (as my oldest granddaughter calls it). I realized that some of the things I used to do, or hoped to get around to doing again, are things I don’t have time for at this point in life. The repurposed books, the collages I planned, and the sketching and drawing have not happened, and are not likely to happen. During a recent early morning walk I came to the conclusion that I have to make choices, and my choices for now are photography and writing. Those are the two creative outlets that bring me joy. I may not earn a living at them, but those activities put a great deal of zing into my life.
So it’s time for the piles of saved magazines to go. The art supplies will need to be sorted. I’ll keep what’s worth keeping for my granddaughters to use when they visit.
The art desk is going to be more than “just five things.” I like to start with a bang, so to speak. I’ve been putting off doing something about the situation with the art desk because I was putting off making a decision. There was a time when I thought I might do it all. Well, there just aren’t enough hours in the day for that.
The great thing about having made this decision is that I no longer feel the weight of those unfinished (or not even begun) projects hanging around my neck. It’s a great relief to know what it is I want to do.
About some of the photos in this post: As you may have noticed from the captions, some of the photos were taken at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. M and I took a brief tour of some of the public areas of the hospital while we were in Columbus (the day before the Color Run). Most of what you see in these photos are part of their new Magic Forest. Isn’t it wonderful?
Well, I think that’s about it for now. By the time this post goes out, I should have most of the art desk area cleaned up. Anyone have any suggestions on what to do with a huge stack of old magazines? (Mostly Yoga Journal and Sage Woman magazines.) I’ll probably end up hauling them to the recycle center, but if anyone has a better idea, please let me know.
Thanks for stopping by. I hope all is well in your world. 🙂
Just Five Things for today:
- 27 books boxed up and ready to donate to the library
- 1 box of miscellaneous computer parts boxed up and ready to hand over to M the Younger (explanation will follow)
- 5 blouses, 1 pair of shorts, all too big for me, ready to be donated to Good Will
I did not get to the art desk as planned for a variety of reasons. What I did do makes more sense for now. I worked in M the Younger’s old bedroom, with the goal of boxing up at least one box of stuff he did not take with him when he moved to Colorado or when he moved back to this area for a while or when he moved to Pittsburgh. My apologies to M the Younger’s lovely wife for shifting this burden to them, but it’s not my stuff to get rid of so M the Younger will have to take it and do as he will with it. (Empty Nesters will probably recognize a certain reluctance to clean out the youngest child’s room. Or maybe not. I know some parents who have plans for those extra bedrooms long before the kids move out. lol!)
I did make sure to get some of my own stuff taken care of as well. All in all, a good day. 🙂