Last week something came over me and I cleaned a room in my house. Not just any room but the room we euphemistically call “the crafts room.” Most of you have a room like this in your house only you’re more realistic and you call it your “junk room.”
Ours got its name because when we first moved in it actually stored crafts supplies – paints, rubber stamps, my sewing cabinet, paper making/candle making stuff, cross-stitching stuff, calligraphy pens and inks, scrapbooking crap. It is also where I store my huge collection of Christmas stuff, my extra books (because, you know, extra books). We keep our golf clubs and vacuum cleaner here as well as my laundry drying rack. It’s where we store empties until we’re tripping over them and finally take them to get the $6 – we get so excited about that.
Anyway, last week, I reached the tolerance threshold. There was so much junk in there that I couldn’t reach my laundry rack without tripping over bags and boxes of stuff. I couldn’t hang anything of length on the rack because there was stuff underneath it. I’d had it.
So I purged. I got rid of the oscillating fan that takes up a ton of space because I also have two tower fans that don’t. I got rid of magazines and old text books, filled a whole recycling bag with scraps of paper, cardboard, plastic containers and other junk. I collapsed a ridiculous amount of cardboard boxes that I was saving “just in case.” (Just in case of what? What?!)
I sent a whack of stuff to the thrift shop, put other items into other cupboards and closet areas and even created enough space for my son to store his comic book long boxes.
Now I have a room where I can see the floor! I can hang stuff on the drying rack and it doesn’t hit anything underneath it! I can walk from one end of the room to the other and not have to climb over anything!
It’s pathetic, but I can’t tell you how HAPPY this makes me.
Today I found a link to one of those “life hack” things called “15 minimalist hacks to maximize your life.” I am not necessarily a minimalist person by nature – I find minimalist spaces are sometimes cold and uninviting. Nonetheless, there are a lot of great suggestions in this life hack list. The first one was “Purge, don’t organize.” I finally get it.
Have you ever had an uplifting purge experience?