I would never describe myself as a minimalist. I do love some of the comforts I have afforded myself. But the bits of collected stuff that seemed to have congested my life have been eradicated, tossed, vanquished.
I live in a small home that suits my needs and the needs of my dog. We have a vast amount of space outside and ample room inside to be quite comfortable. I have never been one to have rooms just for the sake of having rooms. Our life is simple, our life is comfortable and our life is manageable.
The largest room in our 600-square-foot home is the kitchen. This is why I chose this house. I remember standing on very high snow banks to peer into the windows before I began renting. As soon as I saw the kitchen, I knew this was meant to be my home. My kitchen is my haven. I love to bake and I love to cook. And even though I am currently cooking for one, creating food is a passion and not just a necessity. When I finally bought this home from my landlord, my renovation money was easily focused on the kitchen.
Over the years the clutter began to accumulate but, it wasn’t just the physical pieces that had been stashed into the corners, it was the collected bits of memories and regrets that had also been piling up in the invisible spaces in my house. These piles of intangible things had been standing between me and the life I was willing to move towards. It took a small dumpster and a great deal of courage to rid myself of the physical and mental obstacles in my life and be able to live free of the clutter that had been threatening to topple over and bury me under its weight.
After a few hundred dollars and several hours of intense labor, I was finally free of the clutter – all of the clutter. The physical reminders of a life that had failed and the mental reminders of things that were never meant to be were finally gone. For the first time in a long time, I felt free. I truly felt that the life I wanted now had a way to find me without having to circumvent all of the barriers I had created.
A little Spring cleaning can go a very long way and it can eventually clear the path that you were meant to follow.