Mid-way through this 3-month project I am feeling the fatigue of it. I’ve booked a mid-March 10-day get-away to New Mexico, a respite I hope will melt the winter off my back and restore my spirit. That said, we continue to make excellent progress managing what has been an overwhelm of life-trauma and estate-related material goods. I provide a brief summary below of the good news.
2007-2009 Dementia-Care Trauma is Contained
From January 15 to February 15 we opened mystery boxes in our basement that hadn’t been touched for seven years. We reduced 75% of the mystery storage, either donating or integrating the easy contents. The remaining 25% of the boxes will be sorted at a later time, due to their heavy emotional contents.
Roots Cellar Created
Joe, Marg, and Mary boxes have been sunk to the basement for much later sorting; they are now stored together on adjacent shelving and palettes; as a whole, this creates a manageable time-capsule similar to the “trauma 2007-2009” category. This roots-cellar will keep well, but also invite me to review its contents before season’s end (season length TBD).
The Sun Room becomes Estate-Triage Central
Easy-to-unload Misc. boxes (wardrobe, pillows, towels, tissues, lamps, decor, kitchen, books, technology) have been moved to the sun room and soon will be sorted. I expect the boxes in this room to disappear by mid-April, because we will either integrate the contents into the home or donate the contents to charity.
The Box Room with a View
Over the course of six hours (2 separate days this week) we achieved a clearing in the Box Room that allows for a better view through the windows (it’s snowing today), and the ability to walk to the first window and open it (we’ll look forward to that on a more spring-like day). The boxes in the room are now better organized into the categories: art supplies, art, antiques, and family history; these will be future summer and fall projects. The energy of the Box Room feels more hopeful; we are making progress; this project will have an end.
Moving forward with a listening heart,
vision, inquiry, and action,
This post is part of the series: Transforming Trauma, Becoming Whole.
Please read “40+ Days of Desert Practice” for the series description and background.