I have kicked off the new month with a big session of de-cluttering, and catching up with people who are important to me. Those of you who receive my newsletter you will know that I had set myself the task of de-cluttering my wardrobe after reading some very sensible tips on de-cluttering. I am proud to say that I did it! I was ruthless. Amongst the clothes that I have put in the ‘donate’ pile were two dresses I have had for 15 years, a suit about 16 years old and a skirt I have had for 18 years. Yes – I am a hoarder. But no more. In addition to the old bits and pieces (that I haven’t worn for years and really just carry around as a comfortable habit) I also assessed newer pieces in my wardrobe. I have two beautiful designer label skirts bought at different times about three years ago. I can count on one hand the number of times I have worn each. No matter how beautiful they are, they are obviously not right for me, so they have gone too.
I even sorted out shoes. The walking boots that I wore around Europe in 1998? Gone. My wedding shoes that I didn’t really like and hurt my feet and have just gathered dust ever since? Gone. Those beautiful neutral peep toe wedges that start each day feeling great and end with me thinking that my two little toes have been amputated? Gone. And finally, the completely impractical, spur of the moment, never ever worn pink satin and diamante stiletto strappy shoes? Also on their way out the door. Because if they haven’t been worn in 3 years, they aren’t likely to ever be worn.
And you know what? I feel great! Isn’t it funny how one little bit of tidying up and sorting out can make your head feel lighter? My plan is to keep going, one room, or one cupboard at a time, and work my way through the house. Some things will be donated, others will be freecycled, and others will be repurposed, but I will be looking at everything in my house and assessing whether it has a purpose, a place, a need, or a plan. Shock, horror, I am even eyeing off my overflowing bookshelves – all five of them ……..
My other part of starting the month off well was to spend time with people who are important to me. Last night I had dinner with some very dear friends (and ate one of the best home-cooked meals I have ever had – seriously 5 star restaurant quality) and reconnected with them after our holiday break, our busy family lives, our respective personal dramas of 2013. It was just what I needed. Then today I rang one of my oldest friends and we talked, as we always do, for well over an hour. We caught up on each other’s news, family, work issues, relationships, tragedies, and dramas, and offered each other insight, advice and support. If we can’t be in the same room then just having that connection with her voice was the next best thing. Another very dear long term friend popped in for a cup of tea this afternoon, just to spend time catching up with each other, while another rang for a quick chat this evening.
I am so incredibly lucky that I have so many amazing women (and a few men) in my life who share their lives with me as I share mine with them. I look at what some of us have dealt with over the years and am amazed at the fact that there are still smiles, jokes, support, love and optimism. They are all very good at pointing out to me when I am being ridiculous or overreacting or missing the obvious, but they are all the first to offer up their own human frailty for examination too.
The results of this day? No sewing, but a wonderful sense of peace and joy (and a tidy house!) – which means that tomorrow should see great things in the sewing department!! All of this was topped off by a text message from my boy that attached a video that he made for me of his Lego characters having a battle, complete with the best line, delivered in a deep serious voice “Now we need to go and get the Mega Weapon. And icy poles. We need a Mega Weapon that makes icy poles.” He makes me laugh!
I hope that your day has been energising, and full of lovely moments. If it hasn’t then my suggestion is to ring someone you love who you haven’t spoken to in a while, and let the conversation flow. It works for me!