Sunday, May 7, 2017

I Need to KonMari My Life

If you don't know who Marie Kondo is, she is the creator of the KonMari decluttering method discussed in her best-selling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I haven't yet read the book (I did check out her follow-up book Spark Joy, but I didn't finish it in time and there was a 200+ waitlist at the library, so I could not renew it), but I get the gist of it.

The idea is to really only keep things that "spark joy" in your life (whether it's something that makes you feel good, or serves a purpose that helps you in some way). This makes total sense to me...why hold on to stuff that doesn't make you happy/is useful to you?

I've always had an issue with "stuff" - my room clean-up after graduating college comes to mind (my sisters helped me pack and I think were aghast at all the crap I still had)! It's very strange, since I don't even like clutter, but I tend to have a lot of shiet.

The majority is paper, but there are other things that I have, like old clothes and other miscellaneous stuff. I want to get rid of a lot of things, but I think it feels overwhelming having to go through each and every thing. Some road blocks that come to mind include:
1) wanting to make sure I dispose of things properly - so if it can be recycled, I want to be sure I am
2) feeling that I could re-sell some stuff (but that actually requires listing it!)
3) needing to first budget for replacements that I'll actually like, and
4) worrying that I might get rid of stuff I might need down the line

Right now I'm really into the minimalistic+mid century modern home aesthetic (you know, lots of white/bright/natural/tan and plants), and I'd really like to reflect that in my apartment.

via New Darlings

But the first part is to just get rid of stuff. I look around my apartment, and there's quite a bit of stuff I could definitely get rid of.

I need to start ASAP; I think it will be good to get rid of unwanted stuff that is just taking up valuable space (both physically and mentally).

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Hello, 2017

I'm like 3 months late, but that's ok...a lot has changed since last June (well, not personally, but in terms of life in general for the world).

I'll keep this post light though.

My winter jam for this year so far is Sylvan Esso's "Die Young:"

I heard this song on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic with Jason Bentley.

I really dig the melody and the 80s synth sounds....enjoy!