As my mom reminded me this past weekend (Hi, Mom!), I’ve shared here before about how I need to focus less on allll the things I have not done and focus more on the things I am getting done. And one thing I have long talked about is cleaning out the quagmire (after a fashion) in our kitchen – what common folk call ‘the pantry’. Guess what? A few weeks ago, Jeff and I finally did it. I got started while he was visiting a friend of ours, and when Jeff returned home he was impressed with the progress I had made. But he could tell I was hitting a few speed bumps, namely when it came to doing a ruthless purge of the items we did not need.
In my defence there were a lot of things in our pantry. And it’s not like we have a normal-sized pantry considering the size ofour house and household: I’m 5’5” and I’m not kidding when I say I could comfortably sleep on one of the top shelves. As such, we tucked a fair bit of stuff into that space, things like tins and coffee makers, storage containers and cleaning supplies along with a litany of canned and boxed goods. There were even items pertaining to our bathroom renovation from a few years back that were pulled out as well … Oh my goodness – you guys! Our pantry is like some kind of grounded TARDIS! It explains so much …
Anyhow, Jeff could see I was struggling to part with all the things needing to be parted with. I’m the “we might need this one day” person, while Jeff is more the “we haven’t used this in 6 months, so it has got to go” one. So while I busied myself checking expiry dates and cleaning off shelves, he swiftly removed items to our trash and recycling bins outside.
I don’t think our pantry has looked this spacious and uncluttered since we moved in to this house 17 years ago. Seriously. It looks great. I must say, it also feels great to have that “to do” off the list. Since then, I’ve tackled the filing/shredding needing to be done in my home office (though I almost killed our paper shredder), and am now looking at the spare room upstairs.
There is something freeing about getting rid of the things we no longer need, that no longer serve us well, isn’t there? To have the space once again to easily move around in, to reconfigure, to breathe? It has me wondering – particularly after reading a recent blog post by Sarah Bessey and making my way through Shauna Niequist’s most recent book what things I need to let go of spiritually/mentally/emotionally as well.
How about you? How do you feel about clearing away clutter of any sort?