Weak Spot for a Week
I committed to an hour a day for a week to clean out my closet. Some days that hour slipped into two as I sorted, folded, boxed and discarded. There were not just clothes but files, book, documents, notebooks all that contained my life, my evolution, moments in time. It was a walk through history of where I was 10 , 5, 2 years ago. Houses bought and sold, courses on spirituality, notebook after notebook filled with pages of my path to who I am today.
Then the clothes bought on sale, at the thrift store, last minute in a panic, with my sister, when lonely…choices made reflecting me in that moment. You know about the outfits where you get them home and a day later ask yourself, “What Was I thinking!” Others that you found hiding in the Goodwill bin that you know cost someone a pretty penny, “Good deal!” Memories triggered with Mom’s satin navy blue Christmas skirt kept since her passing in 1994. “Marty,” she would say, “freedom through discipline.” Oh, how I rebelled – knowing full well that she was right! Time. Time to let go and get going.
Marcia Wieder’s book Dreams are Whispers from the Soul recounted an experience of one of her clients. “One hour a day, complete what you are doing before you move on to something else.” As an artist, the client responded, “It’s going to stifle my creativity.” Marcia countered, A little structure allows for more creativity.” Her client’s sentiments went from, Day one: “I hate this.” to Day Five: “This is amazing. I feel lighter and got so much done.”
Clean a Corner This Week
Just start somewhere.
- First: Take an overview of the area you want to organize.
- Determine what kinds of resources you need to store and sort your things, file cabinets, file folders, labels, business card holders, BIG garbage bags and a cheer leader
- Get a friend, hire an organizer to be there with you to cheer you on to be your encourager , “If you haven’t worn it in 6 month, throw it out!”, to put the labels on the files, to laugh and cry at the memories
- Start with one corner, one piece. Create your idea folders: None; Next Week; 1st of the Month Review; garbage. Focus for an hour. Stop.
- Take the garbage bag to the curb
- Take clothes to a thrift shop – give some away, others put on consignment or find a Dress for Success program to help people feel great when they go to their interview for a job
Celebrate your new beginning. Make space for the new. Feel accomplished and know where to find that business card or that brilliant idea that you knew you had somewhere! . Each day focus for one hour.
Ok, I admit it. “You were right mom. Freedom through discipline.”