Posted by: clearspaces60 | December 30, 2017

A Better Mess

One more day to go and it will be 2018.  My blog postings were less than my ideal this year.  Maybe this recap will set a better tone for the coming year.  This entire year felt “off” in many ways and instead of bemoaning my failures and unmet goals, I realized that the things that happened in our lives this year led me to writing more than I have in a long time.  The writing was in the Morning Pages or other personal journaling.

I meditated and prayed more this year. Forgiveness has been another major undertaking, forgiving myself, others, the medical system, the legal systems, the financial system and the political system.  Being present in the moment and remembering to be compassionate with others and myself seemed to be a full-time job.

“A Better Mess” came out of my mouth a couple of months ago after I had cleaned out my closet for the umpteenth time this year.  My closet was already fairly organized, and I realized that by continuing to keep it that way, I was hanging on to something that had structure, purpose and felt complete.  This time I went through absolutely every piece of clothing and pairs of shoes, including my dresser.  What turned out to be a little straightening up turned into a huge mess, piles of clothes and shoes I had not worn in years or had never worn.

I looked at everything on my bed and floor and thought, What a mess!  Then I said to myself, it’s A Better Mess!  And it was!  All the space and energy these items took up was now free and freeing.  I bagged up items to donate and items to gift to a local consignment shop.

Decorating for the holidays always creates its own mess. Looking at it in a new way lessened the overwhelming sensation many of us feel at this time of year. I am hopeful it will feel this way when we undecorate next week.

As I thought more about this concept of A Better Mess, I realized that it had played quite a role in my life this year.  Our business has done well creating more paper and files and major decisions.  We emptied my husband’s office, rearranged some filing cabinets, bought him a new desk which created an entirely new mess, but A Better Mess.  Members of our family have gone through challenges this year with health, jobs, school, finances and moving.  This led to many new messes. Yet as we all faced the struggles and learned about things we had never dealt with before, the education, experience and trusting the process made the results better.  A Better Mess led to A Better Life!

Let’s dive in to this New Year and whether we are embracing new ways of handling our health, finances, clutter, clothes, closets, books, papers, files or the “stuff” in our heads, let the mess that we create be A Better Mess! Then the Clear Spaces we create will bring us more love, beauty, joy and peace.  Happy 2018!



  1. Cheers to Clear Spaces and Better Mess!
    Love the reframing and it is real and so true!

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