Dang. How did I miss March? Um maybe because I either travelling, preparing for travel or recovering from it... Never the less, March has come and gone, and what did I do?
1. did some great thrifting. (see prev post)
2. did some decluttering - 10 bras, 20 pairs of underware, at least 20 pairs of socks and 30 clothes items.
3. decluttered and organized the craft room. OMG did that feel good. I got rid of 75 (yes Seventy-FIVE!) items, and one huge bag of fabric/yarn. One of the overall goals I have for this year is to find more time (and space) to craft, and re-organizing my craft/guest room is key to that. Since I got it mostly done, I bought a used storage unit (rubermaid with drawers! for $20) and need to clear some space in the closet for it, and fill it up with all of the stuff that has no place to be. I could easily spend an entire weekend working in there, and I should... but alas, we got home from vacation and I have a little (albeit icky) cold. So I will not be shuffling through craft supplies.
4. I had some FUN in March, a trip to SF/Sac, a trip to Eugene to see my parents and a trip to Florida. But man I 'm tired of travel. And, I'm done with it for a while, thank g-d.
So... over all - march goals - decluttered 155/500 items. Not bad. :) None of these items have actually made it OUT of the house though... that's the goal between now and the 17th.
What's happening on the 17th you ask? why it's TREASURE MAP TIME!
This is my first year doing a treasure map but not my first experience with the concept. Basically it's a good time astrologically and energetically to ask the universe for what you want in your life for the next year. For 3 days you put together your 'map'... some people do a collage, some just write words, some paint, etc... The energies shift in just the right day during those three days... you just need to be clear and put it out there. Part of getting clear, is clearing your clutter... physically, mentally, energetically, etc. So... i've got some work to do.
The physical clutter is mostly in the basement. I box things up, and somehow, some one (RYAN) shoves it all in the basement. He has agreed to help me get it (as much as we can) out of there.
The mental and energetic clutter, well, that's in my basement too, and Ryan isn't the one who shoves it in there. I'll take the blame on that one, Bob... and I know it's hard to NOT do that also. I am really good at taking my feelings out every once in a while and looking at them... then I just shove it back down there. I have trouble actually getting RID of the clutter. I'm not a grudge holder by any means. Actually, just the opposite with most people in my life. Most of the time, when I'm hurt or annoyed, I talk about it (either to the person, or with my confidants) and get over it. There have been a few times where someone hurt me (or annoyed me) one too many times and I just kicked them to the curb. Not really holding a grudge, but getting rid of their presence in my life. (Clearing the friendship clutter, no?) No I don't hold a grudge against other people, just myself.
Right now the biggest piece of clutter in my heart is recovering from the trauma of Ruby's birth. I'm not going to write about it here, as I have a private journal that I keep all my deeper, more personal thoughts in and that is a more appropriate place to put those things. I don't have any illusions of working through all of it before the 17th, but I'm trying to clear some of it out and forgive myself for what I view as my own failure (when my logical mind knows it wasn't). TOday is the day that Ruby has been OUT of me longer than she was IN. It's a big day. And it's high time I looked at my grief and guilt around how she came into this world. I also carry the emotional clutter of infertility. Since that hasn't cleared out even WITH the arrival of miss Ruby, I know that there is some work to do around that too.
So... lots of clutter clearing to come. This morning Ryan went through all of his drawers and closet, and I got half way through my closet before someone needed milk and a nap. And currently she'll only nap ON someone, so she's asleep on my chest, and quite frankly, I love it.