A one-a, a two-a

manatee's new CPAP
Photo by SpeedyPete312

There was an excellent post from Leo at Zen Habits today called “The Joy of Scarcity.” Part of the post was about reducing clutter.

Just facing the piles of clutter in your home can be overwhelming. In truth, clutter is a mountain of procrastination … putting off decisions and fears and emotional issues and shopping addictions and more. Facing those fears and issues is too much for most of us.

I faced them, and learned that when you deal with these fears and emotions, even a little at a time, it is freeing. You feel clean and spare, not just because you’re burdened with fewer possessions, but because you’re burdened with [less] emotional baggage that you’re hiding in the back of your mind.

Reducing our clutter meant tough choices, it meant a lot of discussion about what we wanted and why we really need things, it meant learning a whole host of new habits.

But it also meant getting rid of things that were weighing us down, that we didn’t need but that were still costing us time and energy and mental cycles. We learned to love a spare-looking room, and the amazing feeling of sitting or lying around in a room that was clean and uncluttered.

Living with fewer possessions can be a pure joy that is unmatched by anything you can buy.

I want that joy. Yet I went on a mini buying spree this week, picking up things for my scrapbook room at IKEA and buying seven books at Goodwill and letting Quinland get a mug shaped like a mummy at Fred Meyer. I tell myself that I had money earmarked for the scrapbook room and I came in under budget; that I looked each book up on the library’s website to see if I could borrow instead of buy (and put back the three the library did have); and, well… that I have no excuse for the mug. It was just really cute and I am a sucker for Cute Things Quinland and I Both Like.

Sigh.  Two steps forward, one step back, I guess!  Awareness is progress.

  • {Clutter} released: A pair of candlesticks (wood with frosted glass bases).
  • {Health Worry / Procrastination} released: I went to the Sleep Clinic at Kaiser and got a new CPAP machine!  The old one has been gathering dust on the floor of my closet for years because the mask would cause a disorienting wind tunnel when my mouth dropped open in my sleep, and I learned (in my sleep) to unhook the tube and throw it across the room.  I would awaken with the very attractive mask still over my nose and the machine humming away, blowing air into the corner.  I am looking forward to discovering that all my cluttering habits and procrastination and lack of exercise are due to sleep apnea and will now magically disappear.  I’ll keep you posted.

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