Happy Freestyle Fridays my lovelies! Today’s post is by my friend Hillary of Why Is There Bread In My Kool-Aid? Enjoy!
In great contradiction to my newest mantra of “simplify”, I’ve been running around my house like an obsessed nut, trying to de-junk and de-clutter. I mean well, planning to sell my junk on eBay and plan the Mother of All Yard Sales, but what it really seems I’m doing is shuffling stuff from one place to another.
I spent about two hours snapping pictures with my phone then squinting into it as I figured out how to download the eBay app and then list and sell things on eBay. Once the items sold, I spent an untold amount of time fighting my blankety-blanking printer when it was time to print the easy-to-print postage labels. I even made a profit of SIX DOLLARS – but in reality I may have experienced a little less angst and a little more peace of mind had I simply donated my treasures to the local Good Will. Lessons learned.
What I am discovering though, is by slowly paring down the amount of
junk things we have, we have more space to enjoy what is left. The tea towels pictured above are a great example. Because we had too much stuff in our kitchen, I didn’t have a place to display them. We sold a lovely baker’s cabinet that we had restored and yahoo – I had wall space!
My mom made those tea towels for me a few Christmases ago. They are very much like a set my grandma had, and I absolutely teared up when I opened the box. Knowing that she took the time to embroider them for me still chokes me up a bit. You see, I like to sew. I’m still very much a beginner in my skill level and the best I can do is make a mean baby blanket or burp cloth, but what I enjoy about the process is two-part. The first, having an actual tangible good at the end of my time. This probably comes from years sitting in front of a computer. I work all day long and have little to show for it at the end of the day outside of happy clients. But if I make something, I can fold it up and sit it on the table. I can admire it and think to myself, “there. I did that”.
The second part I like about sewing is that while I’m feeling the material, running it through the machine, threading the needle – even un-sticking the thread for the 800th time (beginner skill level, remember) is that I’m thinking about who gets the present. Nine times out of ten, I’ve spent quite a bit of my sewing time praying for the family and their soon to be little bundle as well. I know very well that my own Mom is wired the same way, and I think of that every time I walk past those towels in my kitchen. That’s a physical representation of her time, her prayers and her love for me. Just get’s you ‘right there’, doesn’t it?
So, I’ll keep at my simplification project. I’ll weed through Barbie shoes and too small dress-up clothes. I’ll discard widowed socks and holey ones, too tight jeans and why-did-I-buy-that-ugly-shirt shirts. Slowly but surely I’ll quiet down our little home and give us a calmer nest. Maybe I’ll sneak in lessons here and there about why we don’t need so much stuff for the girls. Surely if I’m learning it this late in life I can foster it in them early. Control over the clutter might be able to cut down not only on the external noise, but the internal noise as well. I know I feel much more at peace in a free-from-clutter space.
How do you keep the need to ‘buy buy buy’ from disrupting your home and space? Do you have any great tips on how to declutter and regain control over your space?
Thank you Hillary for the great post and the lovely and kind words to me!! This post inspires me.If you’d like to guest post on Freestyle Fridays, send me a note 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend!