Week 5: Uncluttered

Week 5 of the Uncluttered course was focused on wardrobe. However, my wardrobe is an area that I had already minimized and is currently in maintenance mode.

There is another area in my life that needs work.

We have a sunroom… shoe room… mud room. It’s a mess. I don’t mean that it is always messy, although it often is. I mean it in the ‘I’m a mess’ sort of way. This room is unfocused, a dumping ground for anything that doesn’t have it’s own place, and a swirling lava of shoes. The items that are/were located in that space?


a fridge

a table

a pottery wheel, kiln and supplies

a bookshelf

a trunk I purchased at a yard sale full of really old pictures

more shoes and racks

bee keeping


This room has caused me to think about a couple of things…

1. If a space has no designated purpose, anything will move in.

2. Sometimes we need to admit that we made a bad purchase and let it go. This part of the path, letting regret go and learning to focus on the destination. Regret is a distraction.


Last year I bought a pottery wheel and while at this persons home I also purchased a trunk. The truck itself was pretty neat, but inside was a treasure chest of old pictures and memorabilia… a whole life time worth. There were births, deaths, a collection of bills, vintage postcards and more. For some reason I grew emotionally attached to this trunk. I didn’t think it was right for someones whole life in pictures to go decompose at the dump.

However, it wasn’t my life, nor anyone that I loved… So, I grew weary of it sitting in my shoe room.

I had to be decisive. I made a purchase, it was not a good one, no reason to continue in this error.

I emptied the contents into our fire pit and lit them on fire.

I thought it more appropriate to burn it all than to have it scattered at a land fill. And so, I let it go.

What needs to be let go of in your life?

What little item fills you with regret? or has an emotional tug when you look at it?

What needs to be in your bonfire?


(More later on what this room is very slowly transforming into… it’s going to take a few more weeks).



3 Responses to “Week 5: Uncluttered”

  1. Jerusha says:

    This sounds like our mudroom! Laundry room, litter box area, and junk area all in one.

    I am learning to let go of the past. An unfinished craft project… a book I’ve had for 15 years, but never read… an expensive item of clothing that no longer suits me, etc. It’s been very freeing!

    Keep up the great work, can’t wait to read more updates.

  2. John says:

    I read about a man who also found a trunk with someone’s life’s stuff in it. He later sold it for several thousands of dollars… doh!

  3. Bobbie says:

    I’m still on the same journey… a bag leaves this house weekly but this could go on for a very long time. I try to do one drawer or cupboard clean-out a day.

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