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19 November 2011 @ 06:49 pm
Household reclamation / road to an office  
I should be more ashamed to admit this, but I have a bad habit of letting the trash can in my office overflow, and overflow, and overflow. So, today, I tackled Mt. Trashmore.

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
millysdaughtermillysdaughter on November 20th, 2011 12:00 am (UTC)
And you gotterdun!
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on November 20th, 2011 04:18 pm (UTC)
I did at that, thanks!
une idee fixeideealisme on November 20th, 2011 12:53 am (UTC)
yay! fantastic work, mrs.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on November 20th, 2011 04:18 pm (UTC)
~M~je_reviens on November 20th, 2011 01:42 am (UTC)
This is excellent!
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on November 20th, 2011 04:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you! The plan is to clear enough clutter that I'll have a flat space to set up an altar.
chanda_mchanda_m on November 20th, 2011 09:27 am (UTC)
Excellent progress! It must feel great to have dealt with the big pile of trash overflow. I bet the office feels like a much nicer environment now.

Bringing in your spirituality into the process of cleaning is certainly a different approach to housekeeping! That is a beautiful simple ritual...

Let us know how your progress continues!
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on November 20th, 2011 04:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks, and I will!
Tom the Alien Cat: little green man felinetomtac on November 20th, 2011 09:09 pm (UTC)
That's one heck of a ritual. Is it just me, or did the _yard_ _outside_ get cleaned up as well??? (Taking multiple looks at the window in the before/after pictures.)

The room looks great. Seeing the carpet reminded me of how my leaves cover my lawn, and that's what made me look at your window -- anyway, Friday and Saturday, we got our leaves taken care of.

I will probably try your coffee drink to help me work the rest of this afternoon. More leaves.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on November 21st, 2011 12:25 am (UTC)
I think it's just different camera and sun angles on the yard; I didn't go outside and do anything.

Thanks for the support!
starcat_jewelstarcat_jewel on November 21st, 2011 03:38 am (UTC)
That looks like the way our recyclables used to get before we got the city recycling program in our neighborhood. It's amazing how much difference that one thing has made in the general appearance of the den!
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on November 21st, 2011 01:52 pm (UTC)
Indeed. And in my sense of wellbeing.