Major Heart Surgery on Myself: 10 of 43 Days

After four straight days of organizing I feel wiped-out physically, mentally, and emotionally. The process of clearing boxes in our basement stored from traumatic years of my life (2007, 2008, and 2009) has felt like I am both the patient suffering an invasion-of-body as well as the doctor making the decisions/incisions. We reached a major milestone today in our project: Every box in the targeted basement storage area has been opened and acted upon.
Boxes have been:

  • completely unpacked, sorted, and contents grouped with like items for integration into the home or directly integrated into home; boxes recycled
  • completely unpacked, sorted, and contents donated; boxes recycled
  • opened and meta-labeled; labeled boxes moved to consolidated storage areas for future sorting
  • opened, decided to be moved to a more appropriate area of the home for storage

Seasonal Clothing Storage

Seasonal Clothing Storage

The empty shelving now available in the seasonal clothing storage area invites the storage of items that are more functional in our current life.

Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook

Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook


2007 Trauma Boxes on Pallettes

2007 Trauma Boxes on Pallettes

The 2007-2009 trauma-related boxes are stored together on shelving #1 and palettes. I placed a Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook with the trauma boxes for a bit of humor, as FTD caregiving was a worst-case scenario for me.

Additional meta-categories are stored on shelving unit #2: kitchen appliances, home decor, medical equipment…

Miss Honey and the Meta-Labels

Miss Honey and the Meta-Labels

Holiday Lights Moved to Garage Storage

Holiday Lights Moved to Garage Storage

Several boxes are removed from the basement, such as outdoor holiday lights, which we store in the garage.

The major movements happening on my home’s roots-level are corresponding with clearing in my heart and mind, as if I’m routing the bad cholesterol and plaque from my arteries and brain.

Moving forward with a listening heart,
vision, inquiry, and action,
~ Mary

This post is part of the series: Transforming Trauma, Becoming Whole.
Please read “40+ Days of Desert Practice” for the series description and background.

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