Let’s have a show of hands. Who else is ambling around the house, randomly clearing out the odd cupboard here and there, or doing the jobs that you would normally avoid? I’m pretty sure it’s not just me.
Whenever I’m anxious or worrying about something, I clean. It’s as though my brain just needs to feel in control of something, anything. Given all that we have to worry about right now you may be thinking that my house must be spotless, but with a husband, young son and an adolescent puppy to work around I can assure you that it is far from it! That said, I do need to focus the worry on something, so I’m doing what I can and trying to regain control one cupboard or shelf at a time.
As I move from shelf to shelf or cupboard to cupboard, I seem to be putting back less than was there before. This more minimal approach goes against the thought that I have always carried with me, that a cosy home must be filled with lots of ‘things’, which has got me thinking. What do I truly want from my surroundings?
I seem to subconsciously be moving away from having lots of ‘stuff’ and only keeping those things that I use, that I truly love, or that have special meaning for me. I’m leaning away from my preconceived ideas and in to what I instinctively prefer. I’m choosing light and space by trying to make things simple and easy to keep clean. But less ‘stuff’ doesn’t just mean less to clean, it also brings with it a peaceful sense of order and that feeling of calm that I seem to be craving amid the chaos.
Doing this piecemeal isn’t having quite the desired effect but I’m holding on tight to the hope that by slowly curating my home, and in some ways my life, in this way I will not only achieve that sense of calm in a simple and uncluttered physical space, but that this will also transfer to my mental space too.
Are you like me and find solace in tidying? Or perhaps you’ve discovered some amazing hacks for avoiding the return of the clutter? I’d be interested to hear your stories.