After I gave my sock drawer a spring cleaning recently, there was plenty of inviting space for something new. And I had bought two pairs of shoes in cheerful spring colors, as shown in last week’s post. So, what would go well with the new shoes? I went into Kohl’s for a few minutes and found just the thing—a pack of socks in assorted pastel shades, to brighten up both the drawer and my feet.
With a coupon, the socks cost four dollars. At first I wasn’t sure they were worth mentioning in a blog post—after all, a pack of socks is certainly no big deal in today’s consumer world. But then I realized it was the perfect example of cultivating appreciation for simple little things.
Yes, I could easily have bought socks at any time; but until I cleaned out the drawer and made space for them, I couldn’t get past the subconscious feeling that I was stuck with heaps of old socks I didn’t really want anymore. That’s very silly of course, and it looks even more ridiculous written down in a blog post—but clutter often makes our minds play tricks on us.
* Good Things is a weekly series featuring the many unexpected joyful things that show up when clutter and stagnation have been cleared away. It’s meant as a reminder that life is always full of happy little surprises, when there’s enough space for them!