Clean, Clear, and Under Control

>> Thursday, February 3, 2011

If you were wondering what my baking drawer looks like now (after the last post about how messy it is!), you need not wonder any longer. For your viewing pleasure, I snapped a photo yesterday morning.

Even I was a bit shocked at all the clutter.

YIKES! I decided to take yesterday off from work . . . so this drawer was first on my to-do list. Immediately, I took everything out of it. Then I started to notice a pattern (as I predicted): I have more than two of basically everything.

Take a look at a few examples . . .

How many corkscrews does a girl need? I mean, we hardly ever drink wine anyway! And I thought I only had two sets of measuring cups. Nope -- there are three. The measuring spoons you see are worthless because the amount they measure has rubbed off. I've been holding on to all this stuff for over a year now!
  1. After I emptied the drawer, I gave it a good scrub/cleaning. Then I laid down some shelf liner.
  2. I isolated all duplicate tools and chose the best one (or set) from each. The others, I placed in a box for storage.
  3. I (OK Stephen did this part) cleaned everything and then put it back into the drawer.
It's still a bit messy, but MUCH better than before.

I'll see how it goes. I may be reaching for a couple of those items again sometime soon. Mostly, I can see pulling out another set of measuring cups (because Stephen uses them as little bowls for snacks).

Otherwise, I'm going to try to do the best I can with less.

In all areas of my life, simplification is turning out to be the magical key to my general happiness and mental well-being. No place is this more true than in our bedroom. (Hah! Weird transition -- but I'm talking about the physical space.) I'll definitely post photos soon of our new bed and setup.

But it all started with organizing our clothing:

  1. When I get home from work, I immediately head up to the bedroom and strip. (TMI? Maybe.)
  2. I put E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G. in this room away, which is something I used to put off doing until later. And then it'd never happen.
  3. If I didn't have time to make the bed that morning, I make it. Yeah. Even at 5:30 PM.
  4. I've added a few candles to the space, too. And a few sticks of incense.
  5. Then I get in my workout. Even if it's just a walk around the block.
  6. We make/eat dinner. Trying to get better at making stuff ahead of time, but we usually find ourselves eating around 7:30 PM. A little late for my tastes.
  7. Instead of watching TV until it's time to go to bed, I force myself upstairs at least an hour before I plan to get my Zzzzs. (For me, this is usually around 9 or 9:30 PM.)
  8. Then I dim the lamps, light some candles/incense, and READ. Or other times, I just lay there. But mostly I read or even play chess (or do crosswords) on my Nook.
Seems like basic advice, right? But my nights hadn't been this organized. So, I've been falling asleep like a pro these past couple weeks. Though I didn't really have trouble in this department before, I certainly feel less stress. Being on a schedule and making sure sacred spaces are clear and clean helps way more than I thought it would.

What is your after-work/evening schedule like? Any tricks to share with the rest of us? Just leave a comment or email us at neverhomemaker [at] gmail [dot] com.

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