I confess that I have 5,221 pins on Pinterest. You can see for yourself, if you’re so inclined. I have thirty-six boards on everything from Austen, getting organized, decorating ideas, wedding ideas, books, quotes, sports, music, teaching, grandchildren (in case I ever have any), and gardening, to movies, characters, saving money, and repairing things. Food alone takes six boards (sweets, cookies, cakes, crock pot recipes, favorite recipes, and beverages). Though I think I’ve used fewer than ten pins, I love the way that the site expands my imagination and thinking. I look at things differently because of some of the things I’ve pinned.
For instance, I am now on an organizing and decorating streak. I want freedom, folks. I want to be free from clutter, free from junk, free from old clothes, free from frumpy style, free from totally outdated decorating, and free from looking for things I know I have but I can’t find. When I can stand on the steps to my attic and fill two thirty-three gallon trashbags with junk to throw away without ever leaving the steps, I have too much stuff which I don’t need and won’t ever use.I recently spent several days with my twenty-two year old daughter, shopping on a budget to redecorate her apartment over our garage, helping her paint, and enjoying our time together as we worked. She has inspired me.
I have thrown away at least one big trashbag of junk each week this summer, and I’m going to keep doing that until the “stuff” is gone. I donated two huge bags of clothing and shoes to The Closet yesterday, and I’ll hit the attic again today. If something is salvageable, but I no longer need or want it, I’ll give it away. I filled a third bag from my closet today, and I’ll take it to Christian services this week. The job would be too big if I tried to do it all at once, so I’m doing it in the same way I would eat an elephant – one bite at a time.
As the confusion disappears, my mind clears. I’m writing more prolifically and with more inspiration than I have in months. I am better satisfied with my surroundings, though I still have far to go. Before school starts (and both my daughter and I have new classrooms to ready), I want to clean and paint both porches, repot plants, paint my home office, and plant a few bushes.
July is the month of freedom when we celebrate Independence Day in the United States. I’m going to take the idea a little further than having a cookout. I’m going to declare my freedom from my hoarder tendencies and kill my packrat persona.
Who’s with me?