Resolve Rather than Revolve
I went on a mild rampage one day because someone said the W word – Where.
The rest goes “Where is the crushed red pepper?” I knew it was there somewhere. However, those words set me on the path of clearing out the cupboard with the spices and seasonings.
I asked my husband, who used the W word, to pick out the spices that he uses the most and set them on the counter. Then I asked him to pick out the ones he hardly uses and set them on the table. I went through the rest of the contents of that cupboard and recategorized by the frequency of usage. Therefore, the most often used seasonings got prime real estate in the kitchen.
Feeling rather proud of this inquiry method, I dug deeper and learned a few things about my patterns.
Whenever I am not ready to toss something because I think we will make that recipe of jambalaya sometime again, I store it in the pantry which is in the hall close to the kitchen.
When I cannot find space in the pantry, I move an item that is not used much to the basement storage area. The result of that is I can put that first “unhomed” item in the pantry.
The clouds parted and I saw something about my method. I was revolving stuff from one place to another.
One definition of revolve is to move in an orbit. That describes my default method of sorting for clearing out an area that has become jumbled.
I sort and then move the items which are not used as often to another location. I tell myself this is archiving. In reality, it is orbiting. What happens is the house becomes one huge Lazy Susan. In my pursuit to clear, I will consolidate and reduce some things. However, I am not getting down to the underlying pattern that created the jumble.
What am I going to do differently? I am going to resolve. I found 3 definitions of resolve in the online dictionary. Each of these meanings applies to my “revolving” pattern but ‘b’ is the best one.
a : to deal with successfully : clear up
b : to find an answer to
c : to make clear or understandable
d : to find a mathematical solution of
To find an answer to how many back up spaces are enough. I will choose wisely as to whether I really need to keep all the items. The revolving was getting in the way of accessing what we actually use. I can see now there are more items in need of resolving rather revolving. Stay tuned.