The urge to purge (my home) hits me occasionally. I don’t know whether to wish it happened more often or less often. I managed to delay sorting and tossing until after the holidays. Maybe it was the gift wrap, the decorations, the packaging, the everything of the season that made me feel like I had to clean out cupboards.
From the blogs I’ve been reading it seems this is the time of year to tackle the job.
http://zenhabits.net/tackle-clutter/ gives many hints and even offers a course. No thanks. I know how to do it. I just have to get at it.
The fly lady http://flylady.net/ suggests starting with a clean, polished sink. Sounds good but I need to get far deeper than that.
I began with my office. Several times I’ve tried to organize my research material, my farm bookkeeping stuff, my stacks of papers, my magazines, etc. I have a small office so if I don’t keep on top of things, the things start to get on top of me. So I sorted and tossed.
I haven’t gone through the whole house yet and I probably won’t because I’ll get busy with something else.
Over the past weeks, I’ve been doing much the same with my writing…sorting and tossing and rearranging. Certain words have to be purged…words that filter like felt, wondered, watched or thought. It’s hard work but when I’m done I feel good. Like the story is cleaner.