Wednesday, March 2, 2011

immersed


I've been sorting through just about everything -- closets, cupboards, drawers, files -- everything -- and organizing, donating, recycling. I started right after the new year, then lost about a month when we were all sick. It never ceases to amaze -- actually, depress -- me how often this needs to be done. I tend to do a big overhaul once a year or so, and then little ones as I notice the need and have the time and inclination. These changes -- some major projects, like hiring someone to build shelves for our garage -- and some seemingly insignificant -- a drawer in the bathroom cleaned out, maybe -- all seem to clear my head and my thinking.

I'm fairly efficient at keeping clutter to a minimum. Alexi has been known to say, "please don't touch this," knowing that the item in question might otherwise be gone before he gets home from work. I find the work involving Abbott and Cal's possessions - books, toys - not as easy or straightforward. Every object has a story, a memory, a place in our lives. Even when it comes to outgrown clothing, if I decide to donate it, it quickly goes in a bag and out of my sight.

8 comments:

Denise | Chez Danisse said...

Excellent set of criteria and wonderful boots image.

A Day That is Dessert said...

Thank you Denise.

KPiep said...

I come from a long line of packrats, and I must say that watching what my mother has become has had a profound effect on how I keep my home. (She's not a hoarder or anything crazy like that...but it's much too much for me personally.) Regular purges are now a huge part of who I am!

Erica said...

I need to do this soon, but I'm sentimental about *everything*, so it takes a lot of mental energy to get through it all...must start preparing myself now :)

Sammi said...

I used to be really sentimental about things, but since I've been back in the UK I have only a few things that mean things to me so I tend to clear out often.

Francesca said...

I have a hard time getting rid of things. Everything has some attachment, or might be useful one day. But the stuff that inevitably accumulates in our small house does clutter my head and thinking too.

Nicola (Which Name?) said...

Me too. Me too. Me too.
It feels so good in the end, though, I must admit to having a couple of times purged something I later missed.

Cannelle Et Vanille said...

i'm exactly the same. that is what my husband would say "don't touch this". your blog transmits such peace and calmness. beautiful lecia.