As I write this, my only bathroom is getting a long-overdue remodel, and at the moment it’s completely gutted. (I’ll post the before and after when it’s done.) Last week I got a new front door and a spruced-up laundry room. We’re into our second week of construction and upheaval and it looks like it will continue right up to Christmas week. First, all the stuff from my laundry room was piled into our spare room, and now all the bathroom stuff is in there. I want to decorate but there’s construction debris, contractor’s tools, and a layer of dust on everything. Not to mention, this remodel is draining the last of my savings (which I will hopefully get back when I sell the house, but there are no guarantees). So to hold onto my zen I’m looking back to my Word of the Year for 2014, flow.
I just need to keep breathing, take things one step and one moment at a time and it will all get done. Or not, and that’s okay too. I will flow with what is, and handle things calmly as they come up. It’s no big tragedy if I don’t get all my Christmas decorations up, or we don’t get a tree until two days before Christmas. It’s actually no big deal if we don’t get a tree at all.
In the meantime, the Great Purge has begun! Off to a slow start because of everything else going on, but here’s the tally so far:
- Wooden kitchen sign
- Steelers hat
- Fabric scraps
- An old mousetrap
- Electric hair clippers
- A bunch of expired medicines and cleaners
That stuff all got thrown away, but there are some things I’m planning on selling (also piled in the spare room) and other things that will be donated. It’ll be interesting to see what the final tally will be! My guiding principles on whether or not to keep things are this one from William Morris:
“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”
And this one from Marie Kondo:
“Does it spark joy?”
I’ve also noticed that my decor tastes seem to be evolving from country-cottage to industrial farmhouse. (Think Joanna Gaines and Fixer Upper.) That means that a lot of my things may not make the move. We’ll see which things make the cut as we go along.