“Zen Buddhism is a discipline where belief isn’t necessary.”
So I’m pretty good at getting rid of things I don’t need, when summer comes I go through my wardrobe and get rid of things that I don’t fit and don’t wear anymore and same goes for when I swap over to my winter wardrobe again, but somehow things still accumulate. I do a quick tidy and that involves moving things off the side and into the nearest draw. This has gotten even worse since our house was put on the market because it doesn’t matter if things are properly clean, so long as they look clean when someone looks round!
So today number 19 on the Seize The Day List was my focus seemed like a great idea. Not only could I get a proper clean on but when we actually come to move, I won’t have to do the sorting through rubbish thing while I pack, which would drive me ridiculously crazy!
I was amazed at what I found. There’s a reason things get put in the attic, it’s because they really aren’t ever going to be used. Ever. Case in point, a lava lamp. I haven’t used one since 2002. Not only that. It’s a lava lamp without a base. So basically lava. Lavaly!
I did love that lamp though. Anything that creates moody, subtle, twinkly lighting is good by me! oh if only I could justify fairy lights all year around.
The other joy of the day was making the most of the joy that is Freegle. It’s basically a recycling website in the sense that you can put on something that you either want or want to be rid of. It has to be in working order but if somebody wants what you have or has what you want, then you get a message. It’s genius and saves on so much waste (and a trip to the charity shop). Not only that but most charity shops that I know of won’t take electrical goods but I put my 16 year old CD/Radio/Tape Player (that thing got me through a lot of my teenage years) on and it was snapped up within a couple of hours, going to a good home (a tweenage boy) rather than having to chuck it in the bin.
Goodbye stereo. We had some good times.
I made it through the bedroom, attic, kitchen and shed and filled multiple bin bags full of things that we just don’t need. It was so cathartic! I have a little more to do in the lounge and spare room but I feel really mellow and free knowing that we’re not just hanging on to this unnecessary literal baggage. Which is what it would be because if we held on to it, it would just be moving to another house with us, put away to not be used somewhere else and really, what’s the point.
The tidying got pretty intense so now and again, I slipped into the garden for company which was a little more pleasant.
Thank you Smudgie, you brightened up my day little girl.
What did you spend your Saturday doing?