Last week, DW made a proposal to paint the solarium (our main social, computer, exercise, office room) and shift some furniture around. She had even gone so far as to draw up a nice little floor plan, perfectly practical……or so it seemed on paper.
This room has been the focal social area of our house for 22 years and much had accumulated……..stationary, books, magazines, family mementos, kids’ projects, electronic devices and on and on.
We were sitting in the solarium when we discussed this and as I pondered this idea and it began to strike me: this was not a “paint and move furniture” project, it was a “build an Egyptian Pyramid” project! In fact, this sudden revelation that this was not a 2 day paint job but a one week clutter job struck me as funny enough that I entered into uncontrollable laughter!
I love this room in our house, but deep down the clutter has kind of blocked energy for a long time. I am pretty sure that clutter in your house sucks your energy and your creative juices….I know it has done that to mine.
The psychology of clutter build up isn’t simple. DW likes to buy stuff, bring it home, and not let it go. For myself, I can be perfectly happy owning almost nothing, but things like office paper, I like to leave it out for easy access (another description for lazy!)…..and things that should be filed get built up.
As a builder and sometimes a designer, I pay careful attention to the freedom of movement in a house: feng shui, in which you remove as many obstacles as possible to the unfettered flow of movement and energy in the house. However, once moved in, it is easy for occupants to put up all the barriers that clutter creates in physical movement and more importantly, psychological barriers
So now, a week later we have a newly painted and de-cluttered solarium with at least double the visible floor space…..partly reorganizing, partly giving stuff away, moving it to the local Reuse center or into the landfill. The room feels good, it’s good for the soul, and it’s easy to feel creative again!