Many years ago, my sister gave me a copy of Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui by Karen Kingston. It’s an inspiring little book whose fundamental message is that clutter creates stuck energy in your life and by removing it, you clear a path for wonderful opportunities to come your way. If you’re my sister, you read this book, took it to heart, and never allowed another ounce of clutter to come into your home. If you’re me, you were inspired to clean out a closet, wondered why the universe didn’t reward you handsomely, and continued to clutter up your house with abandon.
I regularly read a design blog called Young House Love written by a couple in Virginia. This past Friday, they posted a weekend challenge: they were going to clean out some of their closet clutter and challenged readers to join them. Well, why not? Goodness knows, I didn’t have to look hard in this house to find a closet to de-clutter. Actually, the difficulty was in choosing which closet I’d de-clutter. In the end, I chose Charlie’s bedroom closet because it’s ridiculously full and I had no idea what little treasures lay in there just waiting to be rediscovered.
And here is a picture of the closet Saturday morning:
Scary, I know.
In order to make the task of clearing out the closet a little less daunting, I broke the job up into manageable pieces. I started with the top shelf. I took everything out and sorted it on the floor into five piles: trash, recycle, save and put in a box in the attic, keep in the closet, and give away or sell. Then I took a break. Later I came back to the closet and did the second shelf using the same process. After another break, I sorted the rest of the items in the closet.
It turned out I was right; Charlie’s closet held lots of little jewels including:
- a backpack of mine I’d been missing for two years
- several items I think I can sell either at a garage sale or on Craig’s list
- about half a dozen toys that were gifts for Charlie that were too sophisticated for him at the time (but are perfect now)
And here’s Charlie’s inspiring closet now:
The best part of all this is now I can take these found toys, wrap them up, and give them to Charlie as new.
Lesson learned? Feng shui = free new toys for Charlie.