A Small but Crucial Advantage of Minimalism
Yer on the Wrong Side of That Window, Fella!
Here in Indiana, it’s time for the annual ant invasion. I live in a bungalow built in 1920, and while the previous owner did much to rescue it from dereliction, it still has “charming” qualities which make it vulnerable to nature’s more determined creatures.
None are more determined than our ants. In the past, the ants would raid the kitchen cabinets and the cat’s food bowl without mercy. I’d get a warning ant or two for a week, and then suddenly have an entire colony in everything and everywhere. As my husband will confirm, I don’t go all Zen when ants invade–I go batshit crazy. Mice, ants, spiders, attic squirrels, it doesn’t matter, I want them outta here, and outta here now!
It was so much work to clean out cabinets, throw out sweet stuff, set out ant bait and traps, and do it again and again until the damn things decided it wasn’t worth it anymore and left me alone. I’d empty out my crammed cabinets and live with total disarray during the process, making the rest of life a little harder, too. Tiresome.
But the past couple of springs has been remarkably different, thanks to getting rid of clutter, improving my diet, and going all minimalist on their little thoraxes. My food cabinets are no longer crammed. Because they aren’t crammed, they are easier to keep clean as I go–no more sticky spots from the jar of honey or vanilla. We have very little in the way of sweet things anymore. There’s no other clutter to work around, almost no place for them to hide. The scout ants can’t carry tales of sweet riches back home >:-}
It’s the same with anything that wants to find a home in the basement–there are very few hiding places left, and the improved air circulation from having less clutter keeps it from becoming dank and inviting to whatever makes a spider’s day. I love it.
In the great outdoors, I am tolerant of most of Nature’s progeny. The bunny rabbit puts the fix to any vegetable I’ve tried to grow. I’m respectful but mostly unafraid of the honeybees that arrive in droves to feast on the lavender and sage flowers. It’s fun to watch the robins chase the chipmunks and the squirrels. But they gotta stay out of my house!