Sunday, 19 April 2015

spring clean(s)ing


I've never been much of a 'spring cleaning' person;
I've never had the patience or energy required for this.

So I just did a bit of cleaning here and a bit of decluttering there;
the result was a decent home but never a perfectly organised one.

Procrastinating is my middle name and as long as the flat is
clean enough to be healthy and messy enough to be happy
it was fine by me!

This year something changed, though.
I'm not sure I can put it to words.
It's this need I have for simplifying;
for having less stuff,
having fewer obligations,
having more time for my family and for me.

So before going away for the Easter holidays, 
I looked around for inspiration
- blogs, pins, spring cleaning lists-
and kept some notes on my,
truly inspiring, Susan Branch wall calendar.
My biggest challenges were the bedroom walk-in closet,
the kitchen glass cabinet (it's huge) and the balconies.

I'm proud to say I managed to do them all.
There are still cupboards and drawers to be sorted out
but I have a plan
and a whole month ahead.
Of course, with schools starting again on Monday......
we'll see. I'll keep you posted.

Wow! Look at how much I've already written.
And to think that it's the cleansing part I'm mostly 
interested in.
I'm trying to look after myself a bit (or rather a lot) more.
I eat healthily and try to walk as much as I can. 
(going to the gym is not an option for now)
I love seeing my fuel -salad-  all washed and ready to get in the fridge.
I make beautiful combinations; yes, beautiful.
I take my bowl to the study and search the net for spring images.

Finally, the most important part.
I seek inner peace.
I want to get rid of any past bitterness and find the strength in me to forgive.
I need to stop reproducing mean dialogues in my head.
It's the only way I can think of 
to move my life forward.
Cherishing the simple things and enjoying the gifts I was given.
Making others happy.
It's not easy. I've been through a tough period
and quite often I didn't even like myself.

So spring clean(s)ing it is, then.

Wish me luck
and do stop by.
I'll do my best to do so, too.

Take Care!


Marigold Jam said...

So sorry that you have been having a hard time but glad that along with the springtime you have found a way forward which sounds just what is needed. I think that many of us are finding that a simpler way of living is required and that a declutter of both our physical environment and our mental/emotional one too helps. I do indeed wish you luck but it sounds as if you have found the right path for yourself and are now happily walking in the right direction.

Morwenna Hill said...

A beautiful post Yiota, and I really identify with many your points, especially the part about taking care of yourself. I think this is something many of us struggle with, but tomorrow is a new day and an opportunity for a fresh start. ♥