Day 244: Doing Nothing Helped me Detach From the Clutter, and Today I Tackled the Games Cupboard

This morning during my usual me time, I sketched something that resembled the clutter that I’m attached to in my head.

Clutter sketching by Sandra

I felt a bit fed up after that as this is my last day off before I go back to work and I really wanted to have got further than I have. I listened to Stephanie Bennett Vodt (audio book Your Spacious Self) for some more inspiration and guidance. She says that “Letting go is clearing”, and how doing nothing is beneficial.

I see this as things like doing nothing whilst having a cup of tea, doing nothing whilst listening to the girls, doing nothing when speaking to someone on the phone and so on.

“Practising doing nothing for a few minutes every day opens us up to a whole new side of ourselves that we didn’t know was there… You may discover a yummy spaciousness, a quiet stillness, a deep peace, a blissful space that doesn’t feel cold or empty at all”

Stephanie Bennett Vodt, Your Spacious Self

I’m now realising how important self care is. Without this, there is no clearing or spaciousness.

The Games Cupboard

This is the cupboard in the spare room that I’ve been wanting to sort out since the beginning of my week off. I knew that it was going to be a big job with lots of decisions but I was determined to get everything out of the cupboard. It made me feel worse when I looked around the room afterwards at what I needed to sort out. Then I had an idea of videoing it all so that I could hold myself accountable to you, my readers, to get it finished today. So, thank you. Here’s the short 49 second video.

After doing the video, I suddenly became motivated, and after a bit of lunch I gave the cupboard a good clean and vacuumed the carpet inside.

I asked my daughters to help decide what games to get rid of but they got distracted by the first game they saw – Kerplunk. I did struggle to get their attention after that but we did make some decisions together. The picture below is the pile I’ve left them to play over the next week to see if they still like/want them and a stash of unwanted games etc. that I need to put in the garage.

Games to decide / give away

I then had less to put back and they all fitted in nicely on two shelves. I’ve also decided to store the guitars and keyboard in there. Here are the before and after photos of the games cupboard…

Before and after sorting cupboard

The bottom shelf is reserved for some of the games that we have downstairs or for the ones the girls need to go through and decide that they want to keep.

It’s been a busy day and I’ve still got a lot to do in that room but both cupboards are tidy now. I’m happy with my progress 😃.

We spent the evening playing games, first poker and then Creationary (with lego). My husband’s very good at poker and the girls seemed to pick it up quickly. We haven’t played it since they were babies.

Table top poker game

I’m not usually one for games, but we did have some fun family time.

Until tomorrow…



About Sandra Madeira

I am a full-time working mum with a passion for writing and inspiring others. Subjects I tend to blog about are life skills, parenting, decluttering, worklife balance, etc. At the moment I am on a decluttering mission creating space in my house, garden and mind. I have challenged myself to do at least ten minutes a day and write about it. Have a good day! Sandra Freelance Writer
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5 Responses to Day 244: Doing Nothing Helped me Detach From the Clutter, and Today I Tackled the Games Cupboard

  1. You need time to just enjoy the quiet. Your week off should be just that when things get done that’s fine if not that is fine too. The games cupboard brought back a few memories like Mousetrap, I haven’t played that since I was about 8 or 9 and I am now 61! My son and I love Eurogames, very detailed and complicated but a good game of scrabble or dominoes are just as fun.

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