What’s In Your Attic?

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…

Words To Live By

The school year is coming to an end and graduations come with it.  Graduations from high school and college are milestones that are normally celebrated with words from either a guest speaker, the class Valedictorian or both.  And perhaps it’s because graduations have historically taken place in late May and early June that June is known as the traditional month for weddings.  I guess in years past (many years it seems like) girls finished school and immediately got married which meant June brides.  Whatever the case may be wedding ceremonies follow similar traditions as commencement exercises do and usually have a sermon (or homily) for the couple to give them words to live by in this new chapter of life they are embarking on.  Funny thing, the words spoken at life cycle events such as graduations and weddings have meaning for all those listening – not just the bride and groom or the graduate.  Just last May my niece got married and her grandfather was the officiating minister.  Reverend McAden’s words for Britney and Tim touched me so much that I used them in my blog post, The Sacredness of Home.   I believe that his words laid a great foundation for Britney and Tim and would for any young couple beginning a life together.  If you haven’t read this post, I encourage you to read it and absorb his words.  He truly speaks to what a home is made of.

This June I have a niece and a nephew graduating from high school.  And, I have a wonderful couple B&A Interiors is working with in rehabbing their new home in Uptown Charlotte planning to get married.  Don’t ask me why, but they are rehabbing, moving and getting married all at the same time.  In fact, they just moved into their new digs this past weekend and are getting married on June 9th.  Talk about stress!  Anyway, I came upon a message this morning in a blog that I read that really stayed with me.  Honestly, I cannot think of more fitting words to say to my niece, my nephew and my clients than those I read this morning.  They are such simple words from a powerful woman, Mother Teresa.  I truly believe that if Ciara, Carl, Katie and Seth grasp these words and choose to live by them, their lives will be wonderfully rich.  And if every one of us would also grasp these words and choose to live by them, well heck – we’d be a world absolutely, positively living in perfect harmony. So for Ciara, Carl, Katie, Seth and all of you out there, here are some powerfully simple words to live by…

 

People are often unreasonable, irrational and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway.

 

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.

 

If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.
Succeed anyway.

 

If you are honest and sincere, people may deceive you.
Be honest and sincere anyway.

 

What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.
Create anyway.

 

If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.

 

The good you do today will often be forgotten.
Do good anyway.

 

Give the best you have and it will never be enough.
Give your best anyway.

 

In the final analysis, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway.


To living with intention…

 

Look for upcoming posts on the rehab of Katie and Seth’s home.  What an incredible transformation!