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Blessed silence


SILENCE IS GOLDEN Sometimes we need a little break from all the mess and all the noise in our lives

Lately, I’ve noticed how noisy my life has become—both figuratively and literally. This is not my comfort zone. I’m the kind of person who needs to have periods of quietness in my day or I go a little loopy. I need “zen” to function at my best. These days, I have to make do with pockets of silence that are bliss for my mind. This heightened noise level wasn’t something I was prepared for but probably should have anticipated since I have three children aged five and under and two of them rambunctious boys. My ears hurt from the high-pitched squeals, yells, and cries that pervade our house most minutes of every day. Someone is always shouting inside my house. The octave levels make it impossible at times to have any clear or calm thoughts. There doesn’t seem to be much of a solution to this volume problem that I can see other than the passage of time. I presume it will get quieter as the kids get older. But then again, I’ll probably be complaining by then how quiet my house is.

The other sound issue that I can do something about is the “noise” for my eyes. What I mean is, my house is a cluttered mess. Being a family of five, we have amassed too many belongings, particularly kid stuff. Sometimes my house looks like a toy store that has exploded. As part of embracing the new year and the new chapter that 2016 brings for me and my family, I decided it is time to tackle this (massive) problem head on. I want, no, need, to purge and clean and let go of the weight that I feel is still bogging me down. And some of it stems from material items. I can’t think straight when I see the disorder. Nothing flows smoothly. I think the chi of the house is clogged and needs to be released by the removal of all unnecessary items. No easy feat as my house is three levels, which means there are loads of nooks and crannies for things to be stuffed in.

I’m also a bit of a closet hoarder. Being a sentimentalist, I have a hard time letting go of things that remind me of certain moments and memories in my life. I knew I couldn’t do it on my own. Believe me, I have tried many times! So, I called in the big guns, a professional organizer who will help me declutter my life.

The organizer came and assessed my house this week and agreed there was quite a bit of work to be done. The one big piece of advice she gave me was not to get discouraged and to take my time. I’m the kind of gal who wants everything done ASAP, but this is part of my clean slate, my letting go, and building patience. I need to retrain my routines and myself so that once the house is decluttered and has organized systems in place, they will stay that way. Because there’s no point in purging and cleaning up, if you  would just revert back into old patterns after a while and end up having your old mess again. I know this will help ease the ruckus in my mind, when the chaos of my house has been cleansed. Now the only problem is the daily screams and shouts. Does anyone have any solutions for noisy kids?, Instagram/@amandagriffin_j