Discord to Harmony
Living. Today, I lived. I got to live in my house today.
Last week, I gave an in depth description (too deep?) of how "Do It Now" saves me from myself! And it truly does. Since then, I've been putting it into practice daily.
The difference is insane.
I'll save my before/after photos for the end though, because that's not really the focus of this post.
The whole point of my minimalism endeavor and "Do It Now" is to just get all the literal housekeeping stuff out of the way and give myself more time and energy for the things I am really longing to do. I've almost accomplished that already, mostly because I had been getting rid of things for uh...10 years (!!) before I started this blog. It's just that lately I've been focusing on it more heavily and with the clear goal of truly getting down to our minimum amount of stuff. I'm continuing to get rid of lots of stuff, and I'm doing much better with getting things done right away instead of procrastinating to the point where it feels like a much bigger job than it should be. I do know that if I let myself fall out of this routine for even a couple of days, things will feel overwhelming again, so my goal here is just to be consistent!
Meanwhile, today has been the most relaxing day I've had in a very long time. We hosted Thanksgiving for Travis's family (our first time ever hosting!), and since I only had to prepare a couple of sides, I was able to mostly just focus on getting some cleaning tasks knocked out in the two days or so before the big meal -- and I had LOTS of help from Travis, and a little from the kids too! We mostly used disposable dishes (which I composted or recycled afterward!), so there wasn't much clean-up to do, and I went to bed full, happy, and relaxed in my clean house!!
This morning, it was so nice to wake up and not feel like I was already behind. I really don't mind doing the routine things when I get to enjoy my house as I go instead of looking at all the messes and just feeling bad about myself and feeling bad for myself! So I gladly put away the Thanksgiving decor, tablecloths, etc., did two loads of laundry and put them away, swept and mopped all the floors, and made a lot of headway in our bedroom, which is always the last room to get attention since no one sees it but us! I feel so silly typing this out because this is just what normal people do, right?! Normal people just do what needs to be done around the house and don't make a big deal out of it! But alas, I am not normal (I do say this with great affection toward myself and anyone who feels the same)!
So. Living. Today, I lived. I got to live in my house today. In between the necessary chores, I got to sit down and be with my family, guilt free. I held the puppy without feeling like I should get up off the couch, and as I sat there, the peacefulness of less clutter made me smile. I didn't even have to cook, thanks to all the leftovers. I didn't go anywhere, and I'm sitting here now knowing I don't have to accomplish anything else today. This is all so basic, but feels profound to me. I'm so relieved and so glad that my gut instinct was right. This was what I needed, to declutter my house and my mind. I need many more days like this, and I hope I can make that happen.
I also had time to think about a couple of upcoming creative endeavors. One will be a gift to you all very soon, so I won't spoil it yet! And the other is still in its early stages, so I'll save that for later too, but I can't wait to work on it! It's nice to have goals that feel reachable, scratch my creative itch, and might help propel me toward some bigger dreams later on.
I really want this blog to be a place to interact, and I want to inspire others who have been stuck in a rut to pull yourself out of it with me! Great things are coming our way, friends! Feel free to comment below or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving!
Here are some before/after photos of some areas of my house. Some of these are looking even better now as I type this! (I'll include some photos from yesterday too!)
Living Room Before
Living Room After
Dining Room Before
Dining Room Ready For Thanksgiving!
My music nook before and after. I have plans to hang the instruments on the wall.
Tiny Hallway Before and After
Kitchen and Pantry Before
Kitchen and Pantry After
Laundry room. The first photo is before, the rest are after. I lost the photo I took last month of our old washer and dryer. Our washer quit working, so my step mom gave us her stacking set and it makes a huge difference in the room! With the old ones, it was really a tight squeeze to get through to the back door.
Norah's Room Before
Norah's room almost done... She did this all herself! We couldn't believe our eyes!
THANKSGIVING!!! My poor husband didn't make it into any of the photos because I'm an awful wife! Not really, I was just too busy eating to take photos...he took most of these. :-D