I cannot say enough about how life transforming it is doing the KonMari Method. I have learned, released, and shifted so much over the past week. I'm really looking forward to completing the basement this week if my emotions will let me. Lots and lots of mom's stuff down there and that's always been the biggest block. Bit by bit.
Another day = another opportunity to face and process my past. There's tons of transformation and healing to be had in this basement of mine and I've now accepted the fact that it will take longer than planned.
I've done years of preparation for this final piece in terms of getting rid of all that I could easily, and what remains are the things that actually mean something...like my mom's license plate with her name on it.
Although I am unable to plug away at the basement as quickly as I did the rest of my home, I'm moving through the experience as fully and able as I can. Today my friend, Sherrie, will be come by to help, not just with moving items around and out, but also by holding my heart during the process.
There is so much to digest down there. Not in terms of things, but in terms of emotions and memories.
It is no small feat to look at each and every piece in your home and decide exactly what to do with it. Harder still when each piece brings up an avalanche of feelings.
I faced no difficulties in the rest of my home as I released as much as I possibly could. It was fun and freeing and felt like a magical dance.
My basement does not give me the same feeling. It feels heavy and tumultuous, much like my relationship with my mother for most of my life.
As I find a way to deal with her physical things, I know I am simultaneously dealing with my own mother issues at a deeper level. I've dealt with as much as I can every step of the way and this is but another level to move through.
It's not impossible but it's definitely not easy for me. If it was, my basement would have been cleared out years ago.
Here's to another day of honouring the past by looking directly at it and saying thank you for its contribution to my life.
Thank you. I now release you.
All my love and a wee bit of dread,
P.S. You can follow my decluttering journey here.
Sherrie and I kicked major ass downstairs today and it feels AMAZING! The floor is completely cleared, everything that remains is boxed or in a bin for when I'm ready to go through each one, and my basement has never been so empty!
The goal today was to put everything into piles and categories so that when I'm ready I can deal with each section and item one by one.
My friend, Ashley, suggested bringing each box up and sorting it outside in the sun instead of being stuck downstairs so I'll do that when the time comes. I love that idea so much! A perfect way to bring the darkness and/or sadness of the past into the light of the present.
I didn't come across anything today that tugged at the heart because all those goodies are in the bins and boxes for now, but I will deal with each thing bit by bit over the next few weeks (or months, depending).
For today we've done plenty though, and there is nothing overwhelming about my basement now. It feels completely manageable and I know it's only a matter of time before it feels just as light as the rest of my home. So much YAY!!!
Also, tonight's special treasure was finding my flower girl dress from my mom's wedding. It's missing a button as well as the yellow ribbon but it's still in amazing shape. I felt so very special wearing it. It brings me to tears. I loved matching my mom more than anything that day.
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