Summer heat! Unlike many people I love these 40 degree days. For some reason my body always functions better in the heat. I’d love to know why that is, but in the absence of any simple answers I’ll just take it as the gift it is. So this evening I’ve spent most of my time cleaning and cleaning out. I find I often do this in summer. I cleanse the house, wash anything that can be washed, air pillows and doonas in the sun, and generally do a clean out of the cupboards and rooms.
This past year has seen many changes in my life, and one of those changes has been in the way I organise my home. Due to a combination of ill health and laziness my house had got out of control and every time I looked at a room it overwhelmed me to contemplate clearing out all that needed clearing.
But last year I changed that, with a little help from a new friend of mine. My friend Cathy of Declutter with Cathy assisted me to tackle my rooms one by one and create order once again. Just having someone who I knew was there to back me up once a week meant the overwhelm was taken out of decluttering my house. And with the overwhelm gone, guess what? I ended up doing most of it myself anyway!!
I would recommend to anyone to pay that few extra dollars to get a professional declutterer in for a few weeks because it really does take the overwhelm out of the job, and the results are overwhelming in a whole new wonderful way.
I know the theory that the mind is affected by physical clutter (and physical clutter is a sign of mental clutter), but knowing and really KNOWING are two different things. The clarity of mind I have experienced since having a tidy house continues to astound me. Add to that the pride I feel in my lovely tidy house and my new habits of maintaining it, and my payment to my professional declutterer seems nothing compared with the priceless result.
The many courses I have completed at Landmark Education have a strong emphasis on integrity – “Without integrity nothing works” is the main message. It’s a confronting prospect to face, but I have never been able to find a case where it does not apply. And my decluttered house could not be a better example. I now know where things are, I don’t lose things (well, not as much!!), corridors are free of obstacles (so I have less little accidents), and the various areas of the house can be used for what they were intended to be used for (ie kitchen table for eating not filing, laundry for doing washing not as the junk room).
So tonight as I close my eyes to try to sleep in this heat, I do so with a great sense of pride and a peaceful calm in knowing I have integrity in my house. I’m getting my house in order in more ways than one :-).