When I was younger, I loved rooms and spaces that were full of things. I didn't like the little gaps in between. Something HAD to fit somehow and I found a way to do that. But today, I realised I didn't like it anymore. Just like the white wall that you can see in these pictures, I like it blank and empty.
If you live out of your home in a different place, coming home is great right? Sure, after the initial adjustment phase, you get comfortable. The food is lovely, you have so much time, and you don’t need to worry about spending your money on rent and the likes.
I love that too but after a while, it gets to me and I always need something to do. That’s why I take up cleaning. It’s something I can spend hours on. We have few rooms but big spaces and over time, things gather together and it’s just a colossal mess! My parents live downstairs and we’re upstairs so the philosophy is ‘take care of your own sh*t’ ... unfortunately, because we’re not home most of the time, they take the liberty of storing things in our floor and even we dump our stuff everywhere!
I get my cleaning attacks quite a lot and to be honest, I enjoy it.
Today’s cleaning started at 11:30am and right now its 4:25pm I am blogging waiting for the floor to dry. When I mean big spaces, you get it! The problem is, we are a family that loves to hoard. Everything has some sort of memory or sentimental views attached to it!
But today, I realised something.
We all hear stuff about how even the arrangement of our room can say a lot about our personality. I have come to the conclusion that that is in-fact true.
When I was little... maybe when I was 18 as well... I liked to have everything around me. I deemed even the most nonsensical things as important! I had to have a hold over everything that was mine and if it was misplaced or lost or borrowed, the accused suffered my wrath. Maybe it’s a part of growing up but these days, I just want things out. Unknowingly, every time I changed my room arrangement [be it here or Delhi] I was slowly de-cluttering my life. I think my ‘breakthrough’ so to speak was when I burned everything I had from an ex-boyfriend. It was a few years ago and I'd mark that day the beginning of my 'Life De-Clutterment" - Yes. I just made that term up! Of course it’s normal to keep things for the sake of memories but when he was nowhere even close to the G of good, then it just means you have a serious problem. Or that I had a serious mental issue. So on that fateful day, I burned it all! Except for one stuffed Pug. I’m sorry! The pug was really cute and didn't deserve that fate! That’s allowed.
I didn't go on a burning spree, don’t worry. If I did, then I would've had to burn people too. It was just material things that I was ridding myself off. It concerned people as well as you might have guessed. You know they aren't good for you and that being with them will only spell trouble but because of the relation you've had with him/her over the years, you can’t break the tie. Sure you avoid as much as you can and you even excuse their nonsense but how long can that go on for? I realised it had to stop after I had my brain twisted around a bit.
Slowly but surely, my life has come to a point where I can compartmentalized and pack it for the rest of my days.
There are a few boxes labelled Love|Need|Memories|Useful|Secrets. Safely tucked in my mind, they’re all the boxes I’ll need.
Wearing: Dress c/o Romwe, Zara Shoes.
We need to do a spring cleaning every now and then. It’s necessary. Whether it’s with life or with our clothes. Try your closet to begin with. The TOSS pile will always be higher than the KEEP pile. The problem is we make sure to have a MAYBE pile too. It’s about time we relegate that!! Thankfully, this Romwe dress will march on straight to the keeper’s pile. In fact, I'd wear this dress while doing my cleaning and yell "WHY CAN'T YOU BE THIS GORGEOUS?!?!?" at everything I own and hope they will magically turn into something as beautiful as the dress.
It's a whole new year and we're still in January. Look over the last few years, look at your things [be it clothes or other collected junk] and maybe it's time for you to clean up the mess a little too, yes? It's never too late.We take it upon ourselves to make life hard. Otherwise, if you look or think hard enough, it ain't too bad or too hard.
p.s. Don't forget to enter the Romwe Giveaway I am hosting on the blog. Ending on the 30th of January!