Finding Clarity

Finding Clarity

I’ve read all the books and articles about organization and decluttering but I always find excuses for not doing it. Even when my spare room upstairs looked like it could audition for an episode of Hoarders, it was either too hot, too cold, I didn’t have enough time, or I was too tired. I would make a half-hearted attempt and then think, “Well, it’s not taking up that much room….” I suspected that it wasn’t just the surface stuff that I was avoiding.

So over the long 4th of July weekend, the weather forecast promised unseasonably cool temperatures, I took a couple vacation days, and tackled a project that had been hanging over me since I moved into my house 15 years ago. It turned into a surprisingly spiritual experience. I turned over years of memories—good and bad—that had gotten buried under the busyness of my day-to-day life. But I realized that I didn’t need to keep the stuff in order to keep the memories. I discovered that limiting my options for hobbies would allow me more time and energy to pursue the ones I was truly passionate about. I cleared off the desk my dad built for me and thought of all the things I’d written at that desk. I found things that I had been searching for off and on for years.10488058_10152680190499179_8932916372087737408_n

As I excavated layers of accumulated stuff, I thought about the past decade and all the things that had been happening in my life that somehow were reflected in the mess. I made peace with how it got that way and I felt a renewed commitment to diving into the next chapter of my life with a little more clarity—and a lot more space.


About the Author

Diane M. Houdek is Digital Editor for Franciscan Media as well as an editor in the book department. She is the author of Lent with St. Francis, Advent with St. Francis and Pope Francis and Our Call to Joy. She is an avid knitter and spinner and shares her home with four rambunctious dogs. Born and raised in Wisconsin, she has tried her hand at urban farming and a host of other pursuits and hobbies.