It had been a long day, and I was ready for bed.
Moisturizing routine? Done.
Teeth brushed? Check.
Homework done? Somehow, yes.
However, sleep was not in the cards for me.
I returned to my room to see it – a huge black spider crawling up the wall abutting my bed. I’m not afraid of spiders, but this one needed to go.
Calmly, I grabbed some tissues, ready to capture my new arachnid roommate, but it suddenly fell into the space between my bed and the wall.
Operation Find the Spider had begun. However, in the process, I had to pull out boxes and bags, dust-covered from months of lying untouched under my bed.
I didn’t find the spider – something that still keeps me up at night – but I did discover how much unnecessary stuff I’ve been holding on to, just in case I need it. I’ve never needed an ironing board or a blender, yet I’ve kept them around, taking up the precious storage space under my bed.
Not only are these things taking up space, but they’re not being used when there’s countless people out there in need.
With TV shows like “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” growing more popular, it’s my hope that more turn to simplicity over quantity. Check under beds and in closets for things that haven’t seen the light of day for a while. Don’t buy another shirt if there’s already a similar-looking one in a drawer at home. Donate unused items and reorganize your living space.
Maybe then you’ll be able to find the unwelcome spider that makes its way into your room.
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