Spring Cleaning

Okay, it’s almost summer so I’m a little late, but I took a 3-day weekend this weekend to clean my room or at least get a really good start on it.

My room is generally a disaster area. I’m trying to change that, just like I’m meeting with a financial adviser to get my budget on track so I can save more, put more towards retirement, etc.

It’s not an easy thing to change the way you do things after 41 years, but I’m trying.

Right now, I’m simply sorting things into bins and then I’ll figure out what to do from there. Like most bibliophiles, I have *TONS* of books. The ones that are on my floor are going into bins to be sorted into what I really want to keep and what I want to give away, either to the Friends of the Library or Salvation Army.

My two big goals for this weekend are to 1) clear out the area in front of my desk because we’re going to move my desk down to my art area in the basement (that’s also the largest pile of mess). 2) Get all laundry/clothes put away. I need to accomplish #1 to successfully complete #2 (my desk is next to my closet which I need access to in order to get clothes put away).

I’d LIKE to get the area between my bed and bookshelf cleaned out as well, but that might have to wait for another day. We’ll see. I’ve already been working for about 2.5 hrs this morning so taking a little break. 🙂

Sorting it all into bins will then let me work on stuff in managable chunks instead of looking at the whole thing and getting overwhelmed.

It’s making me feel good to be this productive too. It’s the first time in a long time that I’ve had the right combination of meds so I can stay focused and be productive. It’s a nice feeling. 🙂

On top of the physical clutter, I’m trying to get rid of some of the emotional clutter too. Due to issues in my past, I have some pretty big issues with self-hatred and am often calling myself names. But 2 weeks ago I did kind of a ritual cleansing. I used some exfoiliating body wash and washed away all those names. Then, I used some goat milk soap I recently got that’s extra moisturizing and I washed in more positive words. Words my best friend and other friends and family would use to describe me.

I’m not naive. This won’t be the last time I’ll need to do that, but on most days, it helps to be able to stop myself and say, “Nope, I washed those words away.”

It’s a process, as is anything that’s worth doing. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Neither were my self-hatred issues. My room didn’t get this messy in one day and neither did my finances, but I’m determined to get at least some of it under control in 2017.

What are you working on changing right now?