Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Such a beautiful time of the year .. sun is still shining, veggies are still growing. Birds are flying and playing. A perfect time to continue decluttering, with some time out to just stop and watch what is going on.
I’ve recently been busy sorting out, decluttering and organizing various areas in the yard and quite impressed with my results.
Start out dreading the task I’ve undertaken … then I get totally involved with the decision making and before the end of the day, I’ve succeeded in weeding out what I need to keep and what needs to be sent along to recycle, donation, etc.
And so a few days ago I began this decluttering activity in my little wee garden room in the basement.
This is the place where I’ve put things “just for now” and “until later” .. well, later has arrived.
And I’ve discovered that I have way too many gardening gloves .. if that is possible. I gathered up all the gloves, tossed them in a container and brought them outside for sorting. Only found a few unmatched sets and ended up with a lot .. I didn’t actually count how many .. but believe me when I say that I have more than 20. Too embarrassing to actually take a count, so I won’t! Threw them all in the wash and dried them in the sun. Now, they are all in one container and I have absolutely no excuse for going shopping for more.
This is one good reason why decluttering is good. When you can’t find something and buy more just to save time searching for things (say, um, gardening gloves) .. then it is high time for decluttering.
I set up a large work table just outside the back door. And began the million trips of emptying shelves and baskets, taking one or two things outside. Putting them on the table. Decision making. Keep, recycle, discard .. one after the other.
Slow going. I searched for tips on decluttering, as I was finding it challenging to muster up the energy to just get rid of everything.
I found some good inspiration. that clutter is blocked energy. Life doesn’t stand still. Life is a flowing river. It’s okay to change the course, it’s good to have it flow and bubble around rocks in its path.
I found these gems here: http://eliminatecancer.hubpages.com/hub/Declutter-Your-Home-and-Re-energize-Your-Life
There were other inspirational sites that I found, but this one resonated with me.
So downstairs I went. Back to my little room. And I was discovering that the room was feeling better, more spacious. Less clutter.
Soon I had a stack of empty baskets. A huge Rubbermaid container full of things to give away, things I no longer use .. time for someone else to play with them.
I’m halfway finished. Spent a lot of time moving things around. Making progress. Feeling more energized.
Unearthed some crafty projects, purchased years ago from a sewing convention. A little kit for beading, weaving ribbon, embroidery .. to make a little sewing needle case. Well, really, why did I ever buy this? Never in a million years will I ever tackle this little delicacy. What was I thinking of, anyway. Plus, the two extra packages of eyelash embroidery!!!
Took an old shelving unit outside, slapped on some neutral paint to freshen it up. Today I’ll splash on some leftover lavender paint to brighten it up and then will use this for storing empty baskets on. Something to brighten up my little room.
And in between times, lots of breaks .. taken outside. Watched one of the local eagles soaring overhead. Flocks (gaggles ??) of Canada Geese, flying so low overhead, I could hear the strong silky swoosh of their wings as they flew over .. the late afternoon sun cast a mellow golden glow over their feathers. Beautiful nature, wild and free.
The local little band of Bushtits swirl in .. chasing away the sparrows. They are so darling as they flit about the branches. Taking turns nibbling at the suet cakes. Busy chirps. Then suddenly they depart. Love these energized little visitors.
Chickadees visit the hanging water bath that I’ve placed in the cherry tree.
Lovely sights and sounds.
Then I walk around the garden patch. Squash are still growing … I’m impatient to prepare this area for planting garlic, but there is still time. My gardening neighbour tells me not to plant till October 20 .. so I’ll leave them to grow another month.
Sweet peas are still flowering, fruiting, growing. Ok, I’ll leave them also. Some zucchini plants are still growing. As are some tomato plants. Sigh. I’ll let them flourish in the sun for a few more weeks. I’ve been picking some tomatoes and freezing them for future stews and lasagna in the fall months. Mmmmm.
And yesterday, I was preparing supper, brought out a bowl of peas from the fridge .. I’d only picked them a few days ago, it seems. And .. a lot of them are sprouting. So I quickly searched growing peas in this part of Canada and lo and behold, there are a fair number of people who have successfully planted fall peas .. so I decided to try that!