A couple of weeks ago, we came back from a wkend up north to find that Spring had sprung! Our grass was ready to be mowed & the weeds were running wild. You see, we have a yard that’s slowly being eaten up by Creeping Charlie & if you don’t know what I am talking about, let me just assure you that this weed is aggressive! It takes over. It creeps or swallows up any space it can find as it creates a blanket of winding vines, green leaves & tiny purple flowers.
Some people find ways to appreciate it, noting it’s little flowers & it’s fresh, pungent smell. But I’m not quite there, since it’s not only surrounding & suffocating the grass, but it’s working hard to overrun the flowers & plants that bring me such joy.
It was time to put on my gardening gloves & assess the damage. And of course, I started thinking about decluttering as I noted all the places that were being taken over.
Are you starting to count all the nature metaphors I make on the blog? Bear with me please ‘cause mother nature is my favorite teacher!
Creeping Charlie acts just like that steady stream of STUFF that wants to keep being let in the door. You might not realize how it’s taking over your spaces since the creep is slow & steady. But that slow, steady stream of accumulating can create some big issues! Spaces being taken over- sometimes completely overrun & unusable. The enjoyment & ease of your space suffocated by the chaos of too much stuff.
Weeding is the solution. It’s the way to keep clutter from collecting & causing trouble. It’s a habit that requires adding a little attention as you move around your spaces & a little discernment as you bring things into your space. And you can weed anytime. Taking out the things that no longer serve you & letting the light into that space.
Back in the garden, I love the satisfaction of pulling those vines & watching the space reappear. Ahh…
My flower beds are manageable if I stay vigilant & weed as needed, but two hands & a garden tool probably won’t be enough to take back the large expanses of grass that have been eaten up. I don’t think I will be able to win that battle without the support of a lawn service or heavy pruning to let in more sunlight, but there in lies another lesson – thanks Mother Nature, you always find ways to keep me moving forward.
If you feel like your spaces are being overrun and you haven’t given them attention, then it’s time to take stock. Open cupboards & cabinets, closets & drawers. Take a look at what you are surrounding yourself with.
Dig into the spaces & notice all that has been accumulated. Note exactly what has been clogging things up so you can take action against the “weeds” that found their way into your space.
And then weed out the stuff that doesn’t serve you. And then weed again. And then once again.
Make a habit of weeding your space often. Stay aware of the creep. Be watching for areas of collection & congestion. Keep the creep at bay.
Here’s a tip that might support your new habit.