Reposted from my old blog, YoungandCocreative.com
photo by Eduard Militaru
We've all heard the saying, "the grass is greener on the other side". Well, what IF THIS IS THE OTHER SIDE? What if here and now is our greener pastures? A pastor at our local church said that the grass is greener where you water it! So true!
The grass is greener where you water it!
There were many years when I was restless. I was a young mom with a wonderful husband (still have him!) and two daughters. I liked out house, but I felt something was missing. As my cheap entertainment, I would pack the kids in their car seats and drive around our town looking for a cute house for sale. I would call the realtor, knowing that the houses I was looking at were above our budge. However, in the back of my mind, I just knew that someday I would find "the deal of the century" that would enable us to purchase a house I love.
For the last 20 plus years, I have been able to be in that house I love. With my husband retiring, we are moving out of state to help care for elderly parents. In the process, we will be moving furthr from immediate family, and that just breaks my heart. I walk around my current home and really honestly love it. I don't know if I will have that at our new place, but I do know I will put every ounce of love and creativity into it!
Sometimes we don't realize we are already in that perfecet place. We keep longing for that "thing" we think will make us happier, but the truth is, we already have what makes us happy. Family. Life. Creativity. You can't buy those or trade those in for a newer model! We need to learn to treasure what we have. To embrace where we are and to make it the best we can.
As I begin to pack moving boxes in order to declutter our house and think about how to stage our house to sell, I have discovered many things I wish I had done sooner. Here's my short list:
1. Less is actually more.
Cleaning out "stuff" and collections is emotionally hartd, but wen we get past that, it is so freeing to live with less clutter around us! As you clean out, think about what you can sell, what you can give away, and what really needs to be thrown away. Keep only the things that you LOVE. Remember that "stuff" may have already served its purpose and needs to be passed on.
2. Having space is amazing.
Once you have cleared out some clutter, you can begin to reorganzie and rearrange. The big clutter for me, besides tons of things I was attached to emotionally, was furniture. I figureed I had wall space, so I should find a piece of furniture to cover it. Once I got rid of (sold, gave away, and threw away) some furniture that wasn't really serving any purpose, I could be creative and make my rooms beautiful again. (Look for a future blog on the details).
3. Shopping is not for entertainment.
Since I was getting rid of things, I needed to not go shopping for more! It's amazing how using what you have can fit the bill in so many ways. The time I may spend shopping, I cound now spend on more creative and fun things.
There is always a silver lining in the difficult times. We just have to look for it.
How about you? Care to share? What do you need to declutter or have you already? Any lessons you learned in the process?