Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world." George Bernard Shaw
"Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful." —William Morris
A friend of mine spent several years at sea with the Merchant Marine as a young man. This was back when parents sent sensitive boys away from home to “make men of them”. I’m sure it was a rough time for him – stripped away from all he knew and forced to spend months out at sea in difficult conditions. He speaks of the time as a positive life experience. He says the lessons he learned from his fellow sailors made him who he is today.
“A clean interior begins with a clean exterior” is one maxim he shared that sticks with me. Taken literally, if you don’t sweep the walkway leading to your home, you will end up having a bunch of leaf litter on the floor of your home. I take it one step further. My external space needs to be clean for my mind to feel uncluttered. I tend to feel weighed down by mess. In my opinion, tidying up your home is like presenting yourself with a blank canvas on which to create a beautiful day.
Now some people will argue that a messy home is a happy home, and that time is more well spent living than cleaning. If a home chock-full of sentimental possessions and joyful disorder works for you, who am I to judge? More power to you!
On the other hand, if you are interested in decluttering, I found this handy dandy chore list. It seems like it would take several weeks to accomplish everything on this list, but your home would surely sparkle.
While you're cleaning and organizing, look for items you really don’t need or someone else might treasure. I recommend a book titled, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, which totally transformed the way I look at my possessions. Basically, if you don’t love it, it’s time to lose it. Every single month I give a box of unwanted items to charity. They come right to my door to pick it up. It could not be easier, and I have the satisfaction of knowing that I am helping someone in need. If you are interested, contact Hope for Domestic Violence to schedule a pick-up.