I believe managing our stuff is a lot like a beautiful garden.
Some of us have green thumbs and tons of instinct. Our gardens never look less than perfect.
Some gardens look really good but there is a section or two that just doesn’t quite complete the picture of a beautiful garden.
And yes there are some of us who don’t garden, but we have one. It’s full of weeds and some flowers. One or two of one kind and a zillion of another kind that go way beyond their boundaries. Somewhere within the space beauty mingles in and out of order.
Mega years ago this was me. I had a garden, a house. I had some beautiful things, but you couldn’t find and appreciate them because of the clutter. There were many things that contributed to the house that I didn’t tend to well. But I changed a lot of my thinking and my habits and the garden greatly improved.
With many responsibilities and habits yet to develop my garden was average for a good many years. It had good seasons, great seasons, and please don’t let anyone come in the front door seasons.
Then there was the opportunity to change my garden completely. We moved from a small traditional home to a much bigger non traditional home. I loved it, resources were good and I had a lot of time at home. I was able to create a garden I was proud of pretty quickly. But a new season came.
And it has been a long season of various problems. In terms of gardening, consider a hail storm, critters you can see, bugs you can not see, and disease. And then add an absent gardener. Absent physically, mentally, or emotionally and the garden suffers.
Yep, that’s where I’ve been most recently. I’ve been the absent gardener. But I have returned to the task at hand. Thankfully I still have areas of beauty. But there are weeds to pull, flower beds to tame, and new plants to add.
The tricky part is time and finances are still limited. But isn’t that true for a lot of us. To find peace we must find balance between our time, resources, and stuff. Do the best we can with what we have.
I will make peace with my stuff and create an awesome garden. My home will be one I am proud of. I did it before and I will do it again.
The professional organizer in me is back. I’ve brought my tools with me. And will share them with you as I get my garden back to beautiful.