Post inspired by Day 13 of Gwen Bell’s December blogging challenge
I live in a very small apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Its not the smallest apartment, that would be this one, but it isn't a lot of space for two people, two dogs, and frequent house-guests. I have to purge about twice a year, or I'll go insane.
I've been inspired by the great de-cluttering posts on Communicatrix's blog, as well as her book recommendation, Clutter Busting by Brooks Palmer. I also love Karen Kingston's Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui. Both books give insight into what goes on emotionally when we hoard stuff.
The often arduous process of finding new homes for my underused things has made me more conscious of my purchases, and even of the gifts I accept. I've pared down a lot.
The deepest purge I've ever done was this last one. I took a look at my bookshelves and thought, 'I can't possibly get rid of one more book.' But I didn't have space on the shelf for the box that stores the first handwritten draft of a novel I'm working on. I was subconsciously telling myself that my own writing didn't belong on a bookshelf. A bunch of books found new homes.
The moment I started this purge, my outworn relationships began to shift too. I found myself letting go of some people, reconfiguring my relationships with others. The process is still going on, and is likely to take awhile, but the new found clarity in my relationships feels even more freeing than the extra three feet of space available for yoga asanas.
How about you? What was your best change in the place you live this year? If you are part of the Best '09 challenge, I'd love it if you'd leave a link to your blog, and if not, write your answer in the comments.