one small change: our january re-cap

by eringoodman on February 8, 2010

in at home

I’m a little late in sharing my One Small Change January re-cap (one very important change I made this past month is that I am spending much less time online, which makes keeping up with e-mails and blogging a little tricky) but I am happy to report that January was an amazingly transformative month in our home.

(For anyone who is new here, you can read about the One Small Change project and why we chose “clearing our clutter” as our family’s first step here.)

As I scroll through the photos I’ve downloaded from the month, I have to pinch myself to believe that these photos were taken in our house.

Recycled wooden clementine boxes, painted with chalkboard paint, now sit on the shelves my cousin Dan built for us. Project supplies are grouped and ready for us to dive in when inspiration strikes. Then when it is time to eat a meal on our table, supplies get tucked back into their box and returned to the shelf.

I have been cooking SO much more — and really enjoying it! A clean sink + a well-stocked pantry + clear kitchen counters = joyful, creative, healthy culinary expression.

Pizza dough rising on our wood stove.

This kids have been pitching in to help and we’re working together to create a weekly chore chart. Lily especially “gets it” about how much better it feels to live in a home where we can find things and enjoy our space.

We have not yet solved the issue of where to store all of the materials I use for my workshops and John and I both use for various volunteer jobs we hold, but this quick fix (an old batik that has been everything from curtains to a beach blanket to a table cloth), hung minutes before friends arrived for a potluck, is actually working quite nicely for the time being.

In our cleaning we also did some shifting and re-focusing. Our couch no longer faces our TV. (Hooray!) It now lives in the middle of our living room, flanked by cozy chairs, facing our woodstove, inviting us to gather — as a family and with our friends and neighbors.

And that is just what we are doing in February for our contribution to the One Small Change project.

We are gathering.

We’re hosting potlucks. (Something we were not able to do when our house was in a constant state of cluttered chaos.) And enjoying homegrown, casual music. And looking forward to gathering and sampling local food and drink at the 2nd Annual Evening of Refreshment on February 27.

I will be sharing photos and snippets of our gatherings here, along with my thoughts on why I believe gathering in community is one of the most important steps we can take towards living a simple, mindful, eco-conscious lifestyle.

Want to join in by making One Small Change in your home this month? It’s not too late! Check out Hip Mountain Mama’s blog for all the details.

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