I consider myself a rookie gardener. I have been slowly transforming the landscape around my house ever since I moved in several years ago. There are now several perennials that are simply delightful as they blossom all summer long. I am happy to report that mulching is done for the season. I have some marigold and zinnia seeds to plant in the next few weeks. But before doing that, I needed to weed my raised flower bed. As I was pulling the weeds, it occurred to me that weeds could teach me a few things about clutter.
I guess you could even say that weeds are external clutter. They hide the beauty of the natural landscape. They tend to get out of control quite easily. Somehow they thrive on neglect. It takes quite a bit of energy to pull some of them out of the ground.
Here is what I learned about weeds and clutter last weekend:
- Weeds (and clutter) won’t go away by itself. Someone has to step in, be the adult, and take charge! Wishing that there wasn’t so much junk on my kitchen table won’t change anything. Hoping that someone else will clean up the mess doesn’t usually solve the problem.
- Weeds (and clutter) will get worse when you ignore it. It is amazing that we can look right past the very thing that needs to be done! Each day we postpone the decision and action that needs to be taken and we somehow expect the situation to be frozen in time. But that never happens – it always gets worse! And we create more work for ourselves the longer we ignore it.
- Don’t try weeding (or decluttering) at the hottest time of the day. I specifically scheduled myself to weed the flower bed in the early morning hours. I knew that my window of opportunity was somewhere around 8 AM – 10 AM. At that time the bed was still in the morning shade. How difficult my task would have been in the hot afternoon sun! I chose a time that made the work easier—actually it was refreshing! When decluttering, don’t try attacking a room when you are already exhausted from a long day of work. It just makes the work harder. Choose a time when you have a good supply of emotional and physical energy.
- Weeds (and clutter) require regular maintenance. Now that most of the weeds are gone, I can easily watch for the new ones that will appear. It will only take a few minutes each day to keep the bed looking nice. The same is true when I have a quick “pick up and put away” time each day. I don’t need to dread an entire Saturday doing nothing but cleaning up clutter.
I felt a great sense of accomplishment when I finished weeding the flower bed. I eagerly anticipate the flowers that will bloom there. In the same way, I can smile when I walk through my clutter-free living room and look at my clean and empty dining room table. I can enjoy the beauty of my home. They are small victories, but they really make a difference!
Just curious to know: what are your favorite summer flowers?
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