As my cat, Tengo, is getting all cozy in the “bad poetry” box that I sorted out in my office/studio, I’m realizing I should take the time to amend my previous post on spring-cleaning.
1. PLEASE, do not try to do all of the spring-cleaning things on the previous list in one day, in one week…maybe give yourself a month?
2. Try to do just one or two tasks a day or else you may or may not become entirely overwhelmed or give up
3. Try this trick: take 5 minutes, and put 27 things back to where they belong (whether that is a tissue that belongs in the garbage, a book on the bookshelf, a glass in the cupboard).
I got this trick from Zen Habits, but can’t find the actual post. It’s a helpful way of saying, “I’m just going to do 27 things”, but then you get momentum to do 27 more, usually, because though 27 seems like a lot, it goes pretty fast and feels super satisfying! Is 26 your favorite number? Do that number. Whatever you want, love. But, I think 27 might be some kind of feng shui magic.
The list I made includes some things I do on a weekly basis/I wonder if I’ll ever actually get any of this done/let me imagine all the little things that would make everything perfect!
Ah ha! Perfection! The sneaky beast!
So, part of this process is being okay with the imperfections that we are living with, the way things take time, and more time, and still, more. Nothing will ever, always, til the end, be in its place. It’s just the fact of living, breathing and making dust and mess with our bodies in the spaces we inhabit. Mess and clutter and the act of cleaning are actually a kind of beautiful way of witnessing these movements of living, rather than a chore or a shame. By looking around our home and seeing the things out of place, we can also realize that we move, live and love in this space and leave behind a trail of beautiful, messy disarray.
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