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Fresh Start for the New Year

by Sarah Juliusson of www.MamaRenew.ca – Find Mama Renew on Facebook & Twitter

It’s 2011 friends.  In preparation for the new year, our family has been clearing, culling, and cleaning.  There was no conscious decision to do so, no commitment or declaration.  These binges are usually driven by me – the rest of the family dragged into my cyclical need for order (you know which monthly cycle I’m referring to!).


Can I truly transform the junk drawer?

This time we simply began – together – each of us equally invested in starting the new year fresh.  Each day found us emptying a new cabinet and organizing zones of our home we had all but forgotten. One cabinet led the the next, until we found ourselves on a journey we could not stop -  each new zone felt so good we couldn’t help but forge on to the next.  The junk drawer will, of course, be the last to go :)

I’m not sure why this time is so different – even the boys (ages 7 & 9) are completely engaged.  My dear husband, who usually smirks when I declare the need for a purge, is deliciously committed as well – we all somehow are feeling together the need for a fresh beginning.

A few years ago as we were preparing to move from the city to the country, there was a strong likelihood that we would be living together in a 20 ft yurt for a year.  We knew it would be tight, but also saw it as a tremendous opportunity to strip away the clutter and discover what was at the core of our life as a family.  There’s nothing like a tiny living space to help you get clear on what is truly important in your life.  Sadly, the yurt wasn’t ready in time, and happily, we found our dream home within days of moving.  And so we unpacked into the endless storage this home offers, and to this day we feel a sense of loss for the year in the year that wasn’t…

Without a yurt to guide our discernment, we must instead maintain a remarkable level of honesty as we shed, knowing full well that we have plenty of storage.  Knowing what is precious, necessary, and treasured.  Recognizing what we’ve grown beyond or will never be used.

Mama Renew is all about renewal, reconnection & balance.  For me, this purge has brought all three – a fresh beginning, remembering what is important, and clearing the way for my creativity. Will you join me? Pick a corner today – just one small corner of your home.  A cabinet, a drawer, a closet or a desktop.  And another tomorrow, and the next day.  Are you in?

Mama Renew

About Sarah Juliusson

Sarah Juliusson, founder of Mama Renew, is a gifted facilitator and writer on the journey of birth & motherhood. She brings two decades of experience supporting families through pregnancy, birth and motherhood to her work. Sarah is mother to two growing boys, a playful crafter with cloth & wool, student of traditional food preservation, and a diva at heart. Join the conversation on http://www.mamarenew.ca & on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/mamarenew

Comments (7)

I have been on a parallel path these days. Driven in part by the call of country life (and a cabin for a year for us), but also to love the space we are in - however long we are here. We've been painting and decluttering since Solstice. Here is a post I wrote just today about it: http://lusaorganics.typepad.com/clean/2011/01/another-fresh-corner-and-a-few-funky-ones-as-in-icky.html
I'm in! Happy New Year Sarah! .-= Crystal - Prenatal Coach´s last blog ..2010 Major Breakthrough In My Health =-.
Sounds like flylady, especially when you mention zones. If you've heard of her you should really give credit where credit is due
I'm in. I love purging and de-cluttering. The only problem is that I usually fill it right back up. I think I'll tackle the pantry today. .-= Lindsey Whitney´s last blog ..Blog of the Week- A Different Way =-.
Ah, thanks for the reminder about flylady - I did check out her site many years ago & felt a strange combination of inspired and completely overwhelmed and bombarded. For me the zones have emerged from my desire to bring Ease into my life - rather than seeing things as daunting needs, to simply do what i can, when i can - for example, taking the extra moment to clean the bathroom sink while accompanying my son as he enjoys a long poo :). I've also been very influenced by a new depth of understanding of the extent to which my peace of mind and energy are shaped by my environment.
Awesome post! Especially love this line: Perhaps most convincingly it also occurred to me that I spend so much time cleaning up after my children simply because they are modeling what the see around them. Chaos. If I clean up after myself I truly believe that they will too and we all will have pride and love for our home. Self respect, really. I've definitely seen this one in our own household :)
Thanks, Sarah. It is another extension of mindfulness, isn't it? Blessings, Rachel
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