Such an late autumn day today. The light is like twilight even at noon. And so the birds are confused and their chorus continues all day. I think also it is celebrating the rain after a week of quite unseasonably warm weather. Recently, 27C. Then 19C. Splendid! I love the warm weather but I also like to feel and experience the seasons. My body needs it.
Some time ago I set myself a task. To go through every nook and cranny of my life and tidy, eliminate, structure and generally sort out every cupboard, store room, desk, hard disk, email storage, music files, photos …. you get the picture … that I have.
Little did I know how long this would take and how it would bring changes to my life. I moved my office out of the spare room at home into a real office about 10 minutes walk away. I’ve changed how I think about food and food shopping. I can find things in my cupboards again. My paperwork is now so orderly. In fact, order prevails. I like to think that anyone could walk into my home and find what they are looking for (my PA, my parents, daughter, etc etc). For someone who still runs many many projects from home, this is a real achievement.
I am no where near finished. In the 18 months since I pledged this task, such progress, such change, such lifestyle adjustments. But I would say I am about half or even a third of the way through. Probably about half way through the big stuff and then there will be some time on accumulated photographic work from many years that will take time, thinking and sorting. I need to declutter in some areas. I need to really strongly radically rearrange the storeroom. I need to chuck, throw, hurl, remove a whole lot of stuff. Organise the rest. And some other changes needed where things and habits remain from a previous part of my life where I now need to let go and move on.
I have always said that moving house is like spring cleaning your life. This is more. Much more. Although you may not bring everything with you when you change location, you can and often do, still bring the clutter and disorganisation from one location to another. Well, I can. My aim is to have around me those things that are needed right now (including those things that are loved), the other things that will be needed at different times will be in the store room (easily retrievable) and the remainder will be gone.
Luckily I don’t have a lot of remainder. Most of it is already in the storeroom. This room will be a challenge, but luckily it is some time yet until I need to tackle it. More work to do in other locations first.