Wednesday, July 11, 2007

It Worked!!

45 days ago, I wrote of my clearing-off-the-dining-table-for-once-and-for-all aspirations.
(Read the previous post to refresh memory of The Plan)

I'm delighted to report that I really did what I expected to do...I methodically worked to get all that transferred clutter put away from the folding table in my daughter's room, had it done by the time Paul returned from Mexico (whew!) AND, most wonderful of all, the dining table has remained clutter-free.

Well. Not exactly clutter-free - it has resumed life as a useful and contributing member of this household, providing a nice flat space to work on or eat from. So there is almost always something happening on that table. Sometimes for a few days at a time, as when I started yet another crafty/arty interest: beaded needle-woven neckpieces...and had the materials out. But the key word is "happening" -- things are being done on that table, things are in process, it's creative and functional clutter.

I waited awhile to post about this, because I wanted to make sure that it was a major shift for me, that I did not start allowing the dysfunctional clutter to accumulate after a couple of weeks. has been about six weeks and that hasn't happened.

It has been wonderful to have a friend over for lunch and sit at the table (we won't talk about the table itself, a thrift shop purchase, along with the unmatching and falling-apart chairs...), to have space to show Molly how to use her new sewing machine, to sit down and do the bills, lay out a project to measure, cut, match up a seam....

oooh, good chi is flowing, energy moving....


Blogger In Recovery said...

I've been checking back to see how the table project was going--congrats!!!

5:19 PM, July 13, 2007  
Anonymous Cynthia Friedlob, The Thoughtful Consumer said...

Congratulations! Your distinction between "clutter" and "creative, functional clutter" is so important. People often think that being organized means that everything must be neat and tidy all the time, but if you're living your life to the fullest, you're going to need to spread out and make a mess sometimes. Good for you for creating clutter that you're using to enhance your life!

11:41 PM, July 16, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's all in your Folk Song and your Folk Tale. The Hole in the Bucket goes 'round and 'round, but makes no progress. But The Old Woman and Her Pig finally did make progress. All it took was persistence by the Old Woman. So you and your "pig" (your dining room table) are home. Now, that wasn't so bad was it? You didn't give up. However, I have a cluttered basement maybe you could help me with. :^)

10:56 AM, August 14, 2007  

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