Spring always makes me take stock of my life. I love the winter – hiding under lots of layers, wrapping up warm to go on winter walks and drinking hot chocolate – but when spring comes I am well and truly ready for some warmth and sunshine and those lovely light evenings.
Spring just seems to bring with it so many possibilities – for trying new things, having a fresh start or just reassessing what’s important.
I’ve been doing a bit of all of these. I feel like 2016 has been quite mixed so far. I had thought 2016 would be the year we gave Rosalie a sibling, but now there is no chance of a second baby this year I really want to take control and move forward to ensure 2016 isn’t overshadowed by disappointment.
Since the majority of my time is spent at home with Rosalie, making the house a better place to be seemed like a good place to make my ‘fresh start’.
Decluttering was first on my list. Jim and I both like to save things ‘in case we need it’ – I keep things like packaging and ‘junk modelling’ bits that I might be able to use with Rosalie, and he keeps electronic bits and broken things he thinks he can fix. We both like trying new things, some that stick but plenty that haven’t. So there is a lot of stuff that we could get rid of that would make our home a happier place to be, and make finding the things we do want to use much easier.
Having clutter also makes doing the housework that much harder – I can’t vaccum up the dust from the sideboard if it’s cluttered with paperwork can I? I hate housework and having clutter disincentivises me even more! If the clutter was gone the useful things would have homes and the flat surfaces would be clear, hooray! (That’s the theory anyway).
I have started in the kitchen and am working my way through the house, ruthlessly assessing whether things are necessary or not. I’m probably about halfway through the rooms and already feel so much better. The top floor is horrendous at the moment, as that’s where everything goes that needs re-homing; but you know, sometimes things have to get worse before they can get better.
I feel lighter and happier already and that’s the main thing!