The media is full of it. We are being encouraged to face our overflowing lives by being urged to de-clutter. At first we, in the Life Energy office, dug our heals in. We protested that we were far too busy. Then we realised that of course we were – too busy searching for all the things that we couldn’t find, lost under mountains of stuff. This was mainly saved for a rainy day, or in case it was needed. Papers yellowing and curling at the corners. Rusting paper clips and broken scissors. Pens that had dried up and died during the millennium celebrations. Floor space was at a premium.
So we have started.
David, who creates clutter without moving a muscle, has built a work bench out of old shower doors. Recycle and up-cycle are also buzz words that we have taken on board. Sorting out his office and cupboards is a work in progress admittedly, supported by numerous cups of coffee to allow “thinking time”. But it is a start. Who knows what he might find.
Jo, who is the most organised of the three of us, regularly goes through her office like a dose of salt. She is a bit of a hoarder of cardboard boxes and other people’s pens though. I am sure that when she digs into the stock cupboards she will find treasures unseen for many a year.
Now I, not quite perfect – yet, store, hoard, and collect everything and anything. I have the constant fear that as soon as I throw something away or donate it I will regret it and need it. This may be a valid fear as in Kenya I burned the wrong year’s accounts by mistake. The repercussions, not to mention money exchanges (bribes), to get it sorted out were extensive. So now I am over careful which means that I accumulate.
In my defence I do also recycle and up-cycle – I can’t resist a charity shop or skip. I am the furtive looking soul that you see sifting through other people’s cast offs. But even potential re-use of other peoples don’t-wants has a down side. I am stock-piling stuff that people have thrown out while de-cluttering and increasing my need to do the same!
I know that there is a stash of samples in some hole, corner or cupboard but where exactly I haven’t yet discovered. I am looking.
So why am I telling you the insider secrets of life Energy? Well – there will be all sorts of stock uncovered that was long forgot (we have found some already) that we will offer to our newsletter readers – a veritable GARAGE SALE. So watch this space, we will announce it here.