Well after a week of cleaning, sorting, reorganizing and tossing out a lot of stuff, things have finally come together in the basement. Jordon was a big help. He can be ruthless in getting rid of stuff and while his library wasn’t really an issue, he tossed out hundreds and hundreds of books and gave away many more. The end result is that we emptied out two large bookshelves and are able to get rid of three more. We will put one bookshelf into Mark’s room and take one upstairs to hold some of Oliver’s stuff. It’s all good.
Today Lee came down and picked up some of his stuff that we are storing. Some of it needs to go to Value Village next weekend. Lee is coming back to grab some antiques and donate them next Saturday as they won’t fit in the cars and Community Living doesn’t pick up anything bigger than 18 inches. The stories I heard from staff of the Salvation Army about the Thrift Stores is true as I can’t even get anyone to answer their pickup number.
Everyone asks me what I plan to use the space for but for right now, I just plan to keep it open and enjoy it. Jordon has his desk and home server in the corner of the basement and I want to make sure I respect that space and not intrude on it. Now that the depression is under control, I am looking forward to doing some painting, just chilling out to some music or maybe just enjoying the open space.
The book SoulSpace made me rethink the following things about our home.
Where do you live? Where do you feel alive? Where do you feel safe, peaceful, hopeful, and supported? Where can you explore your hobbies, think, learn, and love? If your home is just a temporary holding pen where you leave your things during the day instead of a beautiful space that makes you feel safe and calm every time you walk in the door, something is wrong. Your home is more than a place where your possessions are — it is a place where your body can recharge, where your passions can be fulfilled, where you can safely explore yourself and your desires, and where your soul can rest, be inspired, and soar. Home is about satisfying our basic animal needs: eating, sleeping, seeking shelter. But it is also about achieving transcendence on earth through our other needs, the ones that are the basis of our humanity: beauty, love, and creativity.
It’s moving from a holding pen to a place where I can explore hobbies, think, learn, and love. Of course I need space for that and that is happening now. It’s been a lot of work but it feels really good.