It’s interesting how a clean space can bring us closer to peace.
I was reminded of this after buying an accent rug for a bedside.
No big deal.
Just a rug, right?
Seemed simple: Order faux rug online. Lay it by the bed. Done.
Yet after it arrived, this small rug ended up changing not only the look, but the health of the room.
It wasn’t pricey or fancy.
(Actually, it was a simple item that matched an accent chair).
But somehow, the off-white, zig-zagged, zebra-striped decor had something else on its tail.
It had started a cleansing of sorts.
First, the rug had arrived larger than I expected, so I pushed half of it under the bed.
No big deal, I thought.
But in order for it to fit underneath the bed, I had to move some storage bins out of the way.
Bins that had not seen the light of day, in some time.
OK, longer than I care to admit!
Reluctantly, I lifted the bins.
But that quick peak inside led to a long afternoon.
Meanwhile, I realized, the tops of these bins were dusty.
And the dust had moved from the bins to where I was now sitting, like a kid, sprawled out on my hardwood floor.
The day was passing me. This was taking too long. Why did I start this?
And that dust, which had been awakened by this cleaning spree, was now dancing sleepily around the wheels of the bed.
And so, the cleaning — or rather, cleansing — began.
All that work prompted more work.
Now, everything looked like it needed sprucing up.
Reorganize closet shelves. Change bedsheets. Clean hallway.
Hours passed, darkness fell and then, at last, I was done.
I looked back at the squeaky clean room and stared at the black and white striped rug.
All because of you, I thought.
But the truth is, this new rug revealed things under the bed that I had neglected over time!
And once I really got moving under the bed, I couldn’t help but notice other things too.
It seemed odd: Add something brand new smack next to the things that needed some serious TLC.
In life, how often does something seemingly small change our perspective? Move us to improve something larger? Boost our mood? Bring us peace?
If you pay attention to those moments, I believe you will notice it, too.
For me, in order for the space to feel right, I had to work on tackling other parts of the room, not just the zebra territory under the bed.
I also realize not every new item or feeling will bring on this cleaning binge.
But if it does, I will welcome it (with coffee beforehand!).
Because it felt good to be in this space.
Calm, open, ready for tomorrow.
My spirit felt different.
The room was renewed.
My thoughts were clearer.
And things felt lighter.
Even in my dreams.