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Photo: Bee and thistle: Taken high in the Cascade Mountains where there is a bee buzzing on every thistle. by Debora Rorvig

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Take Two

I needed to find an important something-or-another the other day so I ventured into the twilight zone-- otherwise known as our home office. You've got to have nerve to enter that room! In addition to the old computer there's a sewing machine, fabric, a banker's box full of my writing, two bookcases loaded with heaven know's what, a huge box of furnace filters, a music stand, a ripped sofa cushion with bits of foam oozing from the hole, a half-done knitting project--(I quit when I realized the hat would not fit any living human), an easel, and some pieces of foam board. That's just for starters. Do you think I found what I was looking for? Nope. Not a chance.

We've been saying for months that were gonna clean that room up; but it's not happening. There are so many more fun things to do than to sort through boxes of cancelled checks and snippets of fabric. So here's what I decided. In addition to the obligatory weekly vacuuming around the boxes and the swipe of the swiffer over the computer monitor; each and every time I enter the room I will take two things out, or at least organize two things. Today I put an unsent birthday card in the secretary where it belongs and placed two renegade bingo daubers in my art supplies basket. That's all. And it's amazing how quickly things are shaping up! So much so that I've adopted the 'take two' policy for every room in the house. After work I wander into each room and deal with two items. It only takes a couple of minutes. Really.

Of course I still cook, do dishes, throw in a load of laundry, vacuum, and scour the bathroom regularly. (We're not filthy people, just prone to clutter.) But sometimes when stuff winds up where it's not supposed to be, we sort of cease to notice it after awhile. It becomes invisible. This easy little habit is helping me to see that I've left bobby pins on the bathroom vanity and price tags from my new sweater on the dresser. And I'm thinking twice before just tossing something on the nearest flat surface.

Will this habit turn me into a neat freak? Never. I love a house that looks a little tousled. Nothing should be perfect. That's not real. A little order, that's all I want. Two items at a time!



ellen b. said...

That's a great way to get started for sure. "Take Two" is easy to think about and do...

joanne said...

sounds like you found an easy and painless way to start attacking the clutter. Two a day, I'm going to try it...tomorrow!

Linda O'Connell said...

You should send this in to a magazine. It's a fantastic idea.

Brenda @ Its A Beautiful Life said...

Enjoyed your posting. Like you, I find it amazing how just doing one or two very simple things can start to add up. You encourage me to go forth into my own office cupboard, which I have been working on but still needs some culling of old stuff. My basement does too.

Found that this past Christmas I didn't even empty one large container of its Christmas decorations. I didn't want to put them out. Mmmm... makes me wonder if it's then time to bless them and pass them along. I obviously didn't 'need' them to make my Christmas beautiful.

Take Two... thanks again for the inspiration.

Wishing you glimpses of heaven in unexpected places...



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