It’s 8:51pm and the kids are asleep, their parents out, and I’m sitting in bed, enjoying the quiet.
I have spent much of today here, reading Gone with the Wind and enjoying its world settling over me, my quilt encompassing me with its warmth and colour, the sparkle of the fairy lights around my window gently lighting my room.
I really like my room. I almost have it clean and tidy, there are just a few things that need to be set free or returned to their rightful place. I have a couple of paint pots on the floor, from putting up swatches. (I like the duskier grey).
I finally finished putting up the hearts we decorated in preparation for Valentine’s Day – only three weeks late – and they look so happy, hanging in my window. Their colours perfectly match both the cheerful spring mood and the quilt Elisa made for me.
She also made two Shams for me, to match, and my room feels a lot more like a sanctuary now. It definitely inspired me to make decisions about things that have been cluttering up the floor by my door and bed, and tidy up my craft things into a basket or onto a shelf.
I think the lampshade is my next project, along with a quilted wall hanging with my “word of the year” embroidered on it.
The vision board I made for the February prompt now hangs in my closet, above the shelves, and I see it each morning as I get dressed, and remember that I want to fill my life with clarity. Having beautiful, welcoming objects in my room has definitely helped me clarify what I no longer need or desire in here, and helped me be sure to keep all my belongings in places they should be, so that my thinking doesn’t follow my room in being cluttered.
I don’t always like the work of sticking to routines, and tidying, and clearing things away, but I definitely like the feel of those results. As someone who finds too much order to be restrictive and hamper my creativity, it’s surprising to me that I prefer a minimalist, tidy room – but I’m willing to run with it, and see where it takes me :)