Capital One Credit Card Company’s tag line, “What’s in your wallet?” leads you to think that their credit card is an important item for you to carry in your wallet.  After all, each item most of us have in our wallets is there for a reason.  We choose what we have in our wallets down to which photos we have in them, which receipts we hold onto, what identifications cards we have in them and yes, which credit cards we carry in them.  Many of us are even organized enough to know how much money we carry in our wallets and even make sure the dollar bills are neatly arranged in sequential order.

The same should go for our attic spaces.  Important items we want to save, protect and store should be what’s in our attics and yet; very often this space becomes the dumping ground for our junk.

I’ll never forget my David’s close encounter of the worst kind the last time he was in our attic.  It was almost exactly three years ago.  We had known for months that we would be moving from Charlotte, NC to “The Windy City” and so I had made a schedule of things we needed to get done before we moved.  Now understand I mean this with the utmost love and affection for my David but, “Harry Homemaker” he’s not.  Not even remotely.  So of course he put off and put off and put off his chore of cleaning the attic. (By the way, he opted to choose this chore!)  So, finally the weekend before the movers were to arrive, he decided to tackle the attic- cleaning, decluttering and organizing it.  Needless to say, with so little time to get the job done, most of the junk came to Chicago in the moving van.  But, the reason I’m telling this story is because of what happened when we moved.  You see the attic was a filthy mess (due to years of neglect) when David finally broke down and went up there to tackle it.  Dust, dirt, grime, bat droppings – you name it, it was there.  So, a few days later on the road trip to Chicago he started feeling funny.  Well, he got worse and worse and so literally upon hitting Naperville I took him to the emergency room.  Shock of all shocks, he was admitted for double pneumonia.  What a wonderful welcome to our new digs that was!  After several days in the hospital, we put two and two together and realized what probably triggered the pneumonia was the nasty air and surroundings of the attic.  So, moral of the story- clean and declutter your attic.  Clean it of dust, dirt and cobwebs.  Keep only what you really want to save and take the rest of your unneeded stuff to Habitat Restore, Consignment Shops or other charities for someone else to use and enjoy.  And remember, a clean attic creates a healthy environment for you!

Attics in our HOMES

In our being HOMES we have attics much like the ones in our physical dwellings.  And many of us ignore these attics much like we ignore our physical attics.  We fill these invisible attics of our hearts, minds and souls with boxes of junk that we don’t want to deal with and we let these boxes sit there year after year gathering more dust, dirt and grime – all the while continuing to create a horribly unhealthy environment for us.  Boxes of hurt.  Boxes of anger.  Boxes of humiliation.  Boxes of jealousy.  Boxes of fear.  Boxes of regret.  And so on and so on…

I take my job as a Decorator and a Homespace Coach very seriously.  Part of what I do is share with my clients ways that they can better live in their space in order to live harmoniously within themselves.  So, I can tell you absolutely, positively that cleaning up the attic is an important chore to tackle- and I mean this both figuratively and literally. Cleaning up spaces like the attic make both your physical space and your mental space healthier.

So, don’t put off cleaning your attic for another day.  Face the chore and do it knowing how good you will feel once you have completed the task.  We all have boxes in our attics we choose to ignore.  But, I can promise you the clean up is well worth it.  For if you put off and keep putting off, it might make you sick.  Deal with the boxes in your attic that need to be removed, even if you tackle them one at a time.  The freedom you will get from it is indescribable.  And let me tell you, when you clean up your attic it allows for more space inside for beautiful things to reside there.  I know this first hand as I’ve done the cleaning of my own invisible attic!  I have Missy (not her real name) to thank for forcing me to clean up my attic. Thank you Missy, you helped me tackle the boxes in my attic I was choosing to ignore.  My prayer for you is that one-day you will find the courage to tackle your own.  You will free yourself and honey, money can’t buy freedom like that!

To cleaning the attic…

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Jamie Balzer

About Jamie Balzer

Jamie has worked in the field of interior decorating for over 10 years and has owned B&A Interiors, LLC for almost as long. Partnered with her daughter, Sammi Blake, Jamie has been honored to work in homes and businesses across the country. Knowledge and experience is but part of what she has to offer. As a young girl, Jamie intuitively understood that the placement of things, the color of things, and the arrangement of things evoke certain feelings. Working together with this knowledge, experience and intuition Jamie has answered the call to her life’s purpose- teaching the spiritual truth of what she believes- “Everything begins in the home”. As a branch of B&A Interiors, LLC, Living In Perfect Harmony emerged to teach her philosophy. Jamie believes, “if you live peacefully and beautifully at home, you are well, your family is well and that helps to make the world a better place”. Jamie's most passionate role is as a mother and grandmother. Jamie currently lives and works in the Chicago area but also continues her business in Charlotte, NC as both a decorator and a homespace coach. She is certified in Reiki Therapy which she believes broadens her success as a homespace coach. Jamie is available for private consultations, lectures and seminars.

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  1. I don’t have an attic that you can put things in for the very reason, my hubby would keep everything. As I am getting older I am trying to declutter.

    • Yep, your are spot on about your hubby. He keeps everything. Isn’t it funny how once we begin to age many of us realize all the “stuff” we don’t need anymore? Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts! Have a blissful day.

  2. One of the best things about our upcoming move is having the opportunity to sort through everything, and only take what we really, really need or want. We’re happily downsizing, and although it can be challenging, it’s also very liberating. We don’t have the dreaded attic in this house, but you can substitute “basement”. We’re still working away down there, but it’s more empty than it’s ever been since we moved in. Thanks for the tips on the attic(s) — we’re having attic storage in our new house, and I am determined it will remain a tidy, organized space. As far as my own personal attic — well, I’m a work in progress. But sometimes moving can be a nice way to leave some of THAT baggage behind as well. I had not really considered that this is also a good time to sort through what I really don’t want to take with me on a personal level. Great, timely post!

    • Susan, you are spot on with much of what you are saying. Getting rid of things that you realize you can do without is very, very liberating. Just today while in my garage I looked around and imagined how much more “stuff” I had room for if I used all the space within it. Then I chuckled and said to myself, “Thank the good Lord you don’t want more stuff!” With regards to your personal HOME attic, aren’t we all works in progress? But, this new chapter in your life as you and Charlie fly away to another nest truly does give you the opportunity to leave behind some of your less than useful qualities about yourself. Having moved quite a bit as an adult, I have always found it intriguing and also exhilarating that no one will know me in this new town I am headed to – it’s as if I can “start over” and rid myself of some of my less than desirable personality traits before I get there. Oh, to follow through with it – now, that’s the tough part! But, that’s why I, too am a work in progress. Each move I leave more behind me – both literally and figuratively. The best of luck to you dear friend in this move that is right around the corner for you. I well know it will be bittersweet.

  3. Hi Jamie, thank heavens I don’t have an attic. the garage drives me crazy enough. My Gary doesn’t part with old unused things easily, including old shoes. as for me I have the utility room and I have a hard time getting rid of candle holders and cups and various decorating things, in case, and then there are the nice vases, not throw aways. I have started using these as house warming gifts and little tuck ins. Granddaughters love them. the personal attic is always a work in progress, such is life. Joy Stark

    • Oh Joy, I am so sorry that somehow this comment you wrote got overlooked. I never want to miss a wonderful comment like yours and so I humbly apologize. What a great idea to use some of the things from your utility room to give to others, especially grandkids. I can remember as a child visiting my dear grandmother and loving to look through her stuff and hoping that she would want to give me even the tiniest trinket – after all, regardless of what it was, it was a connection to her. I actually still have a couple of her purses and guess what, I haven’t emptied out any of “the junk” in them. I just can’t bring myself to do it as each and every item was hers. Silly maybe but, oh well. As for your personal attic – you are no different than anyone else. We are all “works in progress”. Have a blissful day and as always, thank you for taking the time out of your day to comment on the words I write from my heart.

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