I tend to think of myself as a pretty independent person, not following every trend or whatever, not trying every new fad or style or THING, whatever it may be. I’m not a meditator, yoga enthusiast (although I would like yoga), or regular church-goer. So, what I think of as New Age stuff, or former hippie-ish stuff, makes me roll my eyes and avoid it like the plague. That said, this course I’m taking on “clearing” is pretty interesting. Interesting in that the “drip-drip-drip” one baby step at a time way of getting rid of the shit cluttering your life (mentally, psychologically, physically ….) seems to actually work for me. At least it has for the last 4 days.
It sounds truly weird and stupid, but the simple act of making my bed in the morning before leaving for work has made an impact, however small, on the way I handle other duties at home. For example, instead of throwing the mail on the over-laden coffee table, I handle it practically right at the front door. Anything that’s junk, such as ads, goes right into my paper recycle bag. Credit card offers are ripped up and thrown away. Bills are opened and put into my work bag, as I do my online banking at the office (I keep all of my passwords on my work computer). Simple. Piles of advertisements and unopened bills don’t languish on the coffee table for ages anymore. I’ve also noticed that I’m doing more kitchen clean-up. Not a lot, but things like emptying the dishwasher, wiping down the appliances, and washing the floor.
Another thing I’ve noticed is that I’m NOTICING more. Stuff I haven’t tackled yet is starting to bug me. Piles of magazines. Books I’ve started but never got into. The windshield on my car, on the inside, is dirty. Things that I “see” regularly but never really “noticed.” But I’m taking it slow, forming more routines. These shit habits I’ve developed didn’t form overnight —- it’s gonna take more than a whirlwind cleanup to fix them. But I’m feeling good about it all, and I believe that that’s 75% of the battle.
So, I’m gonna say, at this point, that it’s not bullshit. But, as I said earlier, it’s only been 4 days. I’m gonna hope that I’m not wrong. I need the change.