I got up late this morning and it felt good! No pressure to be anywhere or do anything. After breakfast I tried out my new Bose noise cancelling wireless headphones which are great. You can change the level of noise cancellation so that on the highest setting you can enjoy music, calls etc without any interference.
I pottered around the house wearing them, listening to music and audio books for a while, trying to get the kitchen back to normal as there was still a bit of clearing up to do from Christmas Day.
A restful few hours and some plans for more clearing in 2021
After catching up with a friend on FaceTime, that I hadn’t seen or spoken to since March, I decided to continue with this restful state on the study sofa and had a short nap which felt really good. After all, it is the holidays and I only have a few days off.
When I woke up, I did some research on one of my favourite authors on the subject on clearing – Stephanie Bennett Vogt. She has a website called spaceclear.com which has so much useful information. I’ve listened to her first book Your Spacious Self so many times on audible and I’ve made such good progress with the way that I think about clutter and my attachment to it. Each time I listen to the book, I learn something different and see things from a different perspective. She teaches you to see clutter as your teacher.
I’ve read some good reviews on her other two books: A Year to Clear and A Year for You and they both sound quite similar and so I did some research on which order to read them in. Apparently it really doesn’t matter but A Year to Clear is the next suggested one. It has a ‘slow drip’ approach to clearing and has 365 daily teachings which I will be able to reflect on. At the same time I can look back on 2020 and see how much I’ve grown.
Anyone who has been following me for a while will know that I’ve learnt a lot this year myself, and cleared a massive amount of space in my house, my garden and my mind, and have written about it every day. I want next year to take me to the next level but not to exhaust me in the process.
I’m only just learning to break the connection with things and let go of them and there is so much more I can get rid of. I want to follow her guidance and years of experience and see where it takes me. After all, I still have the whole of the garage to do and some of the loft. This book will give me a ‘slow drip way to a spacious life’.
Rather than listen to this book on Audible (which is my preferred way of absorbing a book), I decided to order a copy to put on the desk in the study and read and contemplate the messages daily. The book is arriving on Monday giving me plenty of time to get the study clear and clean.
After my restful few hours in the study, I got to work on the mess that I was sitting in the middle of. I used the same concept as I was doing in the dining room earlier in the week. I had the ‘clear dining room’ image in my head which showed me that it is possible to turn a messy space into a clear one, by (1) throwing things away and (2) if I’m not sure about them, getting them out of sight. The latter, not ideal as it’s a delay to getting rid of things, but I have a lot going on in my head at the moment and I need some space.
I sorted out piles of clothes and bedding that made its way into the study when the bedroom ceiling was being plastered. Thankfully, some went into a charity bag and I found a home for most of the rest. I’m sitting looking at the other stuff in the study now and it’s getting late so I’ll continue with it in the morning.
Hope you’ve all had a relaxing Boxing Day.
Love noise cancelling headphones they are a life saver. I too have to start the process of clearing certain areas of my home that have been put off because they are not visible. My attic is a mess, I need to clear it of things we have saved that we have no use for, my basement has had a clearing but not a cleaning and things have a tendency to go there to die. I have 2 or 3 closets that I need to clear out also. These are tough because they are filled with my kids stuff. They are emotional pack rats. I brought this up to my daughter and she said she had no room(small house) and well we did have the room, she was joking but nothing left with her.
Visible vs. hidden stuff is an interesting one – in fact that could be a blog post all by itself! I feel that over the last year everything has been there right in front of me tripping me up and getting in my way and I’ve discarded a lot. Anything I’ve put away or hidden is going to give me the same challenges as you over the next few years. It’s stuff that I’m not sure what to do with or the emotional pack rats that you mention. It’s a slow process but I truly believe that we’ll both get there in the end.
I made a small start yesterday when I started thinning out the boxes in the attic. Kept boxes for shipping, but we had boxes for things we no longer own!
Well done for making a start! It’s such a joy when you can throw the old boxes away when you no longer own the item.
I seriously have no idea why we kept them in the first place.