Apart from my morning stretch routine, I haven’t done any proper exercise for a week or so. I could see that it was a lovely sunny day so I went for a 30 minute brisk walk.
I then spent the rest of the morning and right up until after lunch just pottering around, doing some washing, popping out to the supermarket etc. I had a good mix of quiet time and clearing up. I’ve now listened to Your Spacious Self by Stephanie Bennett Vodt twice through and it’s really making sense. The exercises she talks about are simple but very powerful.
“No matter how minuscule your clearing efforts and goals may seem, it’s important to remember that clearing, even just one toothpick or hairball, will create an opening into spaciousness”Stephanie Bennett Vodt, Your Spacious Self
I love the way that she makes it sound okay about taking small steps. I’ve always known deep down that small steps still move you forward, but the concept of creating an opening into spaciousness is a totally different ballgame. It sounds so much more positive and powerful than just ‘decluttering’.
I might even gradually lose the words ‘clutter’ and ‘decluttering’ over the next couple of months and start adding words in my posts to describe what I want rather than what I don’t want.
I spent an hour or two in the garage this afternoon whilst also cooking a roast lamb dinner (in the kitchen of course). Doing both was quite manageable, particularly since I’d had some me time this morning. Nothing felt stressful.
In the garage I actually got more done by staying calm and just picking up one item at a time and dealing with it. I was very ruthless with what I was throwing away, and I very quickly filled two black sacks, tied knots in the tops of them, and threw them away before I could change my mind.
I sorted the piles of stuff that I’d previously moved into the garage from the spare room. I put them into different areas. There are some items that are currently up for sale on Facebook Marketpage and some items that I need to advertise or bag up for charity. Although it’s still messy in there, I feel that I know more or less what’s what now.
Dinner went well and it was tasty. Even though the lamb joint was smaller than I thought it was going to be, there was enough to go round (I did plenty of potatoes and veg).
Another evening of self-care
We Skyped my mum and dad after dinner and then my daughter and I watched a couple of episodes of Friends on Netflix.
Time for a bubble bath with candles.
Can’t wait to clear my mind and reflect on my day.
Small steps are steps after all.