Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Wasting My Life?

If this is true, I have wasted the better part of the last week. I started with my closet. Took everything out and put back only those things I love. Put summer things away. Gave the rest to Goodwill or the consignment store.

Then I started on the basement. We have two storage areas, both full of "stuff". Seasonal stuff, holiday stuff, stuff we brought with us when we moved. I can't explain what happened to me. It was as if a cleaning demon possessed me. Before I knew it, three hours had passed and the floor was clear! Now we can find things! Like things are grouped together! Things are put away in boxes and on shelves!

It seems like I have an alter self. My "normal self" would look at a job like the closet or the basement, feel overwhelmed, and go read a book. But once in a while, I have a day where my "cleaning self" takes over, and it seems effortless; my energy just flows. I actually experience that "flow" state, in which I'm not even aware of time. This week I had several days in a row when my cleaning self took over. It was amazing!


Jenn Jilks said...

We've been doing this, too, Judy!

I think that doing this on the physical plane, reflects some housekeeping you are doing on the spiritual/emotional plane!

It is therapeutic, is it not? And you should be guilt free if you choose not to do it and feed your inner self and read a book.

After burying both my parents, I know your kids will thank you for it. :-) I can't tell you how many trips to the dump we had to pay for!

judy in ky said...

It certainly is therapeutic; my mood has been lifted by having all that newly empty space.
There is also a practical side; if we are going to move some day to be near the water, we don't want to be weighed down by all that "stuff"!

Susan said...

I know exactly what you mean, Judy. I've been working on cleaning my basement for two weeks. I've neglected it all summer, and now the grandkids need a place to run and play when cold weather gets here. I'm tossing things that I've shoved aside for years and it's a great feeling. I keep going down there and admiring my handiwork! lol