Also, after I took the picture, I realized I needed a new trash can liner, so I put that in, and I straightened out the box.
I'm not working from the FlyLady system but from Magical Housekeeping: Simple Charms and Practical Tips for Creating a Harmonious Home by Tess Whitehurst. This is also part of my Year and a Day studies; I'm supposed to read and report on three books a quarter, in addition to the assigned class readings. Magical Housekeeping mostly emphasizes concepts from Feng Shui and aromatherapy, but also includes suggested rituals for energizing one's decluttering and cleaning efforts, and I started and ended my work with the ritual Whitehurst recommends.
Components: large white candle and hot, energizing beverage (I used instant decaf coffee, made with a really heaping spoonful and with extra sweetener).
Ritual: Decide on area to clear. Clap hands loudly inside or outside the area to loosen stuck energy. Wash hands, prepare beverage. Hold candle and focus on "I triumph over clutter in every way. I am the master of my domain." Light candle. Hold beverage and focus on "I charge this beverage with the energies of purity, light, and motivation." Drink beverage. Leave candle burning while decluttering the decided area.
At my mentor's suggestion, I started by casting a circle and ended by releasing it -- not just generally, but back into Fire, which seems to be my primary elemental connection. (Although sometime this weekend I'm supposed to be finding time to recheck the elements and see if I'm open to a poly relationship with, say, Earth. Or Air or Water. And also finishing my homework assignment on Rites of Passage.) I didn't write down my exact words, but it was something like, "I'm casting a circle here to enclose my ritual and contain the energy I'll be using." Then when I decided I was done, I said, "Thank you, Fire, for your energy; I return the energy of the candle to you. Thank you, Fire, for your energy; I return the energy of the circle to you."
I think the ritual helped; it certainly didn't hurt anything. If nothing else, it made me feel more focused and less inclined to quit as soon as I started feeling bored. I am satisfied with what I accomplished. Physically, I still feel as though I have energy, but also as though if I continue stooping and bending, I'll regret it later. I think I worked for about 30-45 minutes, pretty steadily.
I plan to continue this process, using the ritual each time, although possibly with different beverages. Tomorrow's goal: one or more of the shelves on the right side of the picture.
Crossposted to http://flylady.livejournal.com/1010632.html