Washing My Sink ~~
The other day I was washing my bathroom sink. As the warm water ran over my hands and wash rag; a flood of childhood memories came rushing in. I was approximately 4 years old and I stared in awe and admiration at the attention my aunt took to clean her bathroom sink. The sink was white with two faucets, one for cold water and the other for hot water. It was a shot gun home in Lakeview, an area of New Orleans, it was meticulously clean and uncluttered. A sharp contrast to my messy home. Mom didn’t seem to take the same interest in cleaning our home, probably because she had three children ages 4 and under.
As I grew older, my aunt now married with a house of her own, I continued to admire her clean and beautifully decorated home. She had this brass trunk that sat in front of the sofa. On top of it was a floral arrangement. One day she told us kids, “don’t touch it, if you move it an inch I will know”. “Wow, how could she know this?”, I thought, but I determined she would be my role model.
Years later my home was like her home, decorated and clean, but it didn’t fulfill me. I lived with constant anxiety and depression over issues of the past and current turmoil and guilt with my parents. A beautiful and organized home was all I thought I could control in my life. I’ve actual had a closet organizing clients say to me, “my wardrobe is all I can control”, but all it brings is clutter and not happiness.
Funny how a simple act of washing my sink could bring in so many memories and thoughts. What I have come to realize as a home organizer is that our external surroundings are at times a reflection of what is going on internally. A recent client replied to that statement, “so what is the solution?” I jokingly said, “a therapist, but really once you realize why you do the things you do, it makes it easier to change.” “I like that”, she said.
Lisa Giesler, Certified Professional Organizer, Speaker, Author of Uncluttered :discovering strength and purpose in the chaos of life. Book is available on Amazon. Lisa is Houston based.