A Clean Slate

“It’s hard to reach out to grab something new when your hands are already full…”


When I was a teenager, I was chatting with a guy at a party that I totally had a crush on. He was older, taller, and so handsome. Standing there looking up at him, I felt horribly nervous and intimidated by the staring contest we seemed to be having as we talked. Wanting a way to break this spell which seemed to put butterflies into my stomach, I reached out my hand to grab a few chips from a bag on a nearby table. There was just one problem: I had forgotten that I was already holding a full cup of sugary Mountain Dew in that hand. It splashed all over to the floor resulting in an everlasting stickiness that seemingly couldn’t be cleaned. No matter how many times I wiped, every person that entered the kitchen found their feet sticking to the floor and called out in a loud voice, wondering who had done it. Embarrassing to say the least! I learned a lesson that day: you can’t reach out to grab something new if your hands are already full.

So, here we’ve started on this new year that’s full of possibilities. There may be some of the old chalk dust flying around, but you’re presented with a fresh, clean, slate– you can fill it with anything you want. How well will your space accommodate these new beginnings. A better question is:  what are you holding on to that’s holding you back? Maybe it’s time to declutter and put better systems in place so there’s room and time for the things you really want to do. Like spend more time with your family, or invite friends over more. Maybe you need to do it simply because you need peace, and your home can’t be the haven you need in it’s current condition. Maybe your heart is connected to some items that you need to let go in order to move on to the next chapter in your life.

Whatever the reason, if you’d like to get a start on it, consider taking my decluttering challenge, beginning with day one. If you need help–give me a call!

Happy New Year to you!