I have moved from a city that has shown me the beauty of flat, wide vistas; expansive skies; and six- to eight-lane highways with room on either side for another. From a condo that while small, has its own wide open spaces with a full wall of bathroom mirror and an entire wall of window in the dining and living room. From the biggest classroom in the school that easily accomodated 45 kids sprawled on the floor amongst a giant bookcase, 25 desks, two work tables, and supply shelves. A wall of window there also.
I have moved to a city where I am tucked into the hills of twisty, narrow roads with the ocassional tree trunk trunk threatening to hip-check me off the road if it were to bend over just a little. To a house that while expansive, has been closed off due to a cool winter, lack of insulation, and strange heating practices. To a home that has a family’s lifetime of memories and history. To a classroom that has a slightly curved wall. Not noticeable until a linear person such as myself tries to make square angles with the furniture. To a school where fire restrictions don’t seem exist indoors and so allow artwork/posters/etc to not only cover every brick of wall but also dangle from the ceiling.
I actually enjoy all of the above mentioned differences quite a bit, but after seven months of encountering it daily, I have come to discover, even more than I already knew, that I like open spaces. Visually. My eyes have become even less able to adapt to constant visual clutter for extended periods of time. I think part of my antsiness to get home is the constant visual stimulus overload. I’ve never been a claustrophobic person. At all. It’s creeping in.
So, tonight. I de-cluttered as best I could. Although most of it was contained only to my own belongings (I do tend to allow “things” and “piles” to build when I’m not paying attention), I can now breathe a sigh of relief and write this with a clear desk, nearly bare kitchen countertops and floor space till the cows come home. A de-cluttered space equals a de-cluttered and at ease mind.
Just as I must always clean my classroom or house from top to bottom before tackling report card writing, I must also clear my workspace and mind before tackling the weekend’s “paperwork” to-do list and preparing to continue to embrace every moment of this year’s experience.
“One of my key realizations about happiness…is that Outer order contributes to inner calm. More than it should.” ~ Gretchen Rubin
Take the time to de-clutter even a small corner of your living space, office, bedroom, or bathroom this weekend. Start your spring cleaning early and focus on the most important space of all – the space you keep your thoughts, ideas, emotions, love – your mind and heart.
Or for those Northern Hemispherians at home, start your September “new (school) year” right with a fresh and clear mindset. Missing you!
PS – What timing! This morning before posting this, I found this link on my twitter feed by Gretchen Rubin – Nine Common Myths about Clearing Clutter.