The main thing that has kept me busy lately is the total home overhaul I began earlier this month. I knew it was time to purge our possessions, and now our home is nearing minimal. How I long to keep it that way! There are a few little pockets of clutter remaining, mainly in the expected places- the big closet in our master bedroom and the utility room off our kitchen. Look at this almost bare fireplace mantle:
I’m not surprised that unloading the clutter from our house has opened a window for fresh creativity in my mind and now I’m more motivated to do those things that typically get put off for later. But it does seem like my husband is surprised, because it’s had the same effect for him! I’ve been so happy to see him motivated to accomplish little tasks around the house, and I know it helps him grow in confidence.
Creative confidence is not a strong suit for either of us. Eric might even argue that he’s not creative or confident about anything when it comes to household tasks, and there are so many reasons for that, I can’t tackle them all in one post. I’ve begun to see more and more how fear is the thing that holds both of us back from being productive. I know there is so much potential for growth in this part myself, and I hope as I overcome fears that Eric will start to come out of his shell as well!
I think that over the years I’ve had too narrow a view of what sort of things I am able to do to express creativity. I get comfortable with one expression: say, photography. Or writing. Or baking. But I’m fearful of failure in other areas, so I don’t attempt new things. Now I feel like I want to do all the things! Just, one at a time.
The fireplace in our living room has been an eyesore, always. Eventually I’d like to tear down the mantle and built-in shelves and give the fireplace a total facelift. It’s not even a useful fireplace (with a broken flue and cracked mortar inside- it needs to be rebuilt entirely), but I see no reason it can’t be beautiful at least. No sooner than we unloaded the living room, I had this most fantastic brainwave for a temporary solution to make it look more appealing. I can’t wait to tackle my idea head-on and I’ll be sure to share as soon as I do!
First, I need to finish the boys’ bedroom. They’ve already been sleeping in there and putting the room to good use, but there are a few details to complete: Eric is going to build some farmhouse style beds, and I will stain and seal them. I also need to refinish (or paint) a bookshelf and nightstand, touch up the trim paint, and paint the inside of the closet. As soon as that is complete, I’ll be ready to photograph and share the new space!
All that said, I highly recommend the regular practice of decluttering. I’ll sing the praises of simple living all day long! This has been my goal for a full decade now: to clear the unnecessary and embrace the minimal. It has taken a long time to grow this far and shed an attachment to material possessions, and I wish I’d have had the courage to dive in the deep end a lot sooner.