A Moment of Realization

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted, and it hasn’t been for a lack of wanting to write. I’ve had several ideas that I want to discuss, but we’ve been busy, you know, without being busy. Everyday items have kept us going until I got in the habit of not making time to sit down and write, which is an awful thing to get use to doing. Even now I’m using borrowed time because I am working from home today and my laptop was dead when I sat down to start the day. So I’m taking advantage of the few minutes before it’ll be ready to join my schedule to write a little, and it’s a simple realization I’ve been focusing on lately: happiness. Continue reading

A Review of Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

I was put onto Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing after my mom bought it on the recommendation that it was a life-changing read. It’s built right into the title, so how could it not be, right? Social sites and reviews gave me high expectations, which I met gladly because who wouldn’t love to read about better ways to be tidy? If I haven’t mentioned it yet: I enjoy right angles. I love clean surfaces with right angles. I adore straightening items into right angles on clean, well-dusted surfaces. Don’t get me wrong–I’m not a clean freak, but I enjoy nothing more on a Saturday morning than opening the blinds and dusting every surface so that nothing is left but sunshine and ninety-degree angles. I haven’t mastered a sleeping routine that gives me time to that every Saturday, but it’s on my list of goals for the use of time. So the idea of a book that analyzes better ways to organize and keep things tidy was mind blowing! I snatched it from my mom’s coffee table before she could even crack the spine. Continue reading

Early Minimalist Realizations

We moved! We had a little under a month to make it happen, less than three full weeks to pack, and a weekend to make it all happen. But we did it! As I discussed in a previous post, our change was prompted by my company moving to a new office that created an uneconomical commute, which we initially met with the outlook that this was happening to us–not with us as part of our plan. But as we started analyzing our lifestyle and considering our goals as part of this process, we settled into a new perspective that downsizing would help us accomplish a few goals, such as saving more money, allowing us to restructure our lives to live more intentionally, and kicking us into gear to go through our possessions from a minimalist standpoint. Once we altered our paradigm, it became much easier to see the positive side of our situation, and we were able to adjust more smoothly. The timing was a little difficult with us taking a week’s cruise in the middle of it all, but it worked out nonetheless. In the process of downsizing, we’ve had several realizations that are letting us readjust our lifestyle and see the benefits of the process. Continue reading