Cleaning Out The Closets
This being a milestone for this is the 50th post on my blog, I think realizing one of the new awakenings at this stage is important. The Closet; what does it represent, what is its purpose, and how is it being used? It has been a place that housed things properly, it has hidden things, and things have been lost in there.
Walking into my closet made me aware of many feelings. I remember when it was a place of turmoil and confusion; what on Earth will I wear today? Where are my black pumps? I recall it being a place of awe; There is so much room in here. Then there is the present in which it represents need; a need to clean out, be it throw away, donate, or organize, it is still a place of need.
Certainly there are some shoppers out there. I have always been one myself. I cannot attest to particularly good taste. I do believe I have made some good choices over time. Now a great deal of my shopping is for another generation. My granddaughter, mi nieta, as I like to call her has managed to do what her grandfather is incapable of; she has space in my closet in our master bedroom. She didn’t ask for it, I gave it to her. The family laughs and are amazed at the same time by the fact that this phenomenon has occurred.
Now space is not really an issue, there is still plenty of room. What I see is there are things that no longer belong in there. Items that no longer “fit” for one reason or another. Like the decision to no longer color your hair, one day YOU realize that it isn’t working anymore. Not necessarily that you don’t like it, but it isn’t believable or it just isn’t who you are. Then I must face the fact that there are still uncertainties here. As some colors and styles are no longer flattering, the question arises, what does work now?
This will be a process and it will begin with organizing. Organizing thoughts, I have to have a plan. The plan must be carried out with intent, methodically. The way the plan is carried out will demonstrate how successful the process will ultimately be.
Phase I: Removal. When and where do I start? As I take away the clutter, the unnecessary things in that space as well as that space itself will begin to become clean, clear, and unprotected. Huummm, am I ready for that?
Phase II: Re-Organize. Put everything remaining in a proper space, perspective.
Phase III: Replace. This must be done carefully, for there is a danger of the same clutter returning and returning rapidly.
Phase IV: Revel and Realize. This is a nice change, but it an ongoing process that requires attention and maintenance.
Phase V: Repeat and Re-apply. Move on to the next “closet” or area.
On an ending note, Good Luck!