And that’s when you realise

Time flies. It has been a little over two months since I started the Konmari exercise here in my home. It has also been a little over two months since I quit my job as a children’s theatre programmer (or ‘curator’ if you want the fancy title) because it wasn’t contributing to my journey up the mountain. As Neil Gaiman would put it and he gives a lot of thought to these things plus he is quite an intelligent man so I am inclined to believe him. I also believe that, to quote Tolkien, not all who wander are lost. Read More »

Cd’s and dvd’s – as if.

Seriously, after the paperwork nothing will frighten me anymore. The cd’s and dvd’s, next up in Marie Kondo’s list of categories, were laughable in terms of dauntingness. Most of the audiovisual stuff is stored digitally now anyway, on harddisks instead of carriers like cd’s and dvd’s. My guy has a lot of them but since I am not tackling his stash in this effort, he can do that by himself. I won’t be bothered with it. It helps that he keeps them in his ‘own’ room.

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I guess our tastes can be described as ‘eclectic’?

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Onwards and upwards!

It has been quiet on the Konmari front over here. My last weeks at various (freelance) jobs were demanding. I wanted to leave everything behind properly since I didn’t want to burden my former colleagues too much with my departure. That resulted in a final sprint that left little room for anything else in my mind, as lots of space is also taken up by managing the minions. It also resulted in a slightly slacker attitude towards maintaining the organisation in my house, and in the end some upkeep was needed. It wasn’t so bad as it could have been, however, and I am glad for it.Read More »

Tally

The current number of full garbage bags that I threw out (or am about to throw out):

– 6 bags of clothing (donated)
– 1 bag of socks, tights and underwear
– 1 bag of accessories
– 1 bag of cosmetics

Gave away:
– 1 pair of regular pants
– 2 pairs of capoeira pants
– make up remover, 2 bottles
– various lotions etc. (package for friend)
– various jewelry
– bath set
– face cream

Sold:
– kids’ walking bike, pink

UPDATE: I will continue the tally in the widget on the right…

 

Make up bag

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See that bag? You see it? Creams, soaps, moisturizers, shampoos, make-up etc. Me. ME! Admittedly, I tried out quite a few creams and lotions etc. over time but I never figured this. As a pretty low-maintenance (where looks are concerned thankyouvermuches) person, I don’t use much in the way of cosmetics. Which goes to show because I am tossing all of this out.

The other world

In which I name one omission in Marie Kondo’s work, but it’s a big one.

Gah. No I have not yet moved on to the books. I haven’t even tackled the socks yet! Currently I am in the process of rounding off two jobs, one short one but important to me, and one that I have held for a while and I want to close it off nice and proper. In the mean time, as they say, life goes on. The girls are free from school this week, for example. How very convenient, right when I need to hurry up and finish these jobs. There is going to be a lot of tv-tainment for them, I fear.Read More »

Location & Planning

The location for my Project Declutter seems pretty clear: my home. However, it doesn’t stop there. There is more to declutter than just the surroundings in which I live. I need to simplify more. I am still trying to figure out if it is a good or a bad thing that my main location for decluttering is something I carry with me at all times: my own mind.Read More »

Why?

We need a plan and we need it now. Every good plan starts with a good reason. Here is my reason. I am hoping that by typing it out in full – and sharing it with the wider world – I will not only understand better why I need to do this but also how I got to the position where I need to do this.

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I am a messy person. My mother told me endlessly to clean my room. I collected little things and piled them up everywhere. I leave very few flat surfaces uncluttered and I never put things away. It is driving everyone around me crazy. Lately I realised that it is also driving me nuts. Maybe it’s the kids adding to the chaos, maybe it is me getting older, maybe it’s the noise and business of living in the city, and maybe it is just that I got fed up. All I know is that every time I look up from anything (the kids, the computer, my phone, my dinner) all I see is stuff that I need to do. If I look around me now I can see for example: unsorted mail, pens that don’t work anymore so should be thrown out, cords that should be tied together, toys that were left where they don’t belong, an uncleared breakfast table, kids’ clothes that need to be taken to the shop, fruit that need eating before it’s too late, a half-finished translation job, dust, unwatered plants… I know that around that corner is the kitchen with a full dishwasher and dishes still on the counter, that table that is still full, paper and glass that need proper places for recycling… I could go on and on for every room in the house.

And that is just the physical, tangible stuff. In my head it’s the same kind of clutter and disorganisation. I have ideas and plans swimming around, skills and thoughts that could lead to work, and problems and issues that I don’t address (and therefore never solve), also unfinished work things that bug me in the early mornings, stories that need telling but have no beginning or end… I could go on and on. And it feels like these are stalled every time by the pile of physical clutter around me, while the stuff is there because my head is cluttered, and vice versa, and vice versa.

This will not do.

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Luckily, Ninja realised just in time that sitting out in the pouring rain without her coat on didn’t help either.

To halt a cycle you must stop it somewhere, anywhere. Maybe I should start with the mind and maybe not. I don’t know. (I’m a musicologist, dammit, not a doctor!) I choose at this point to start with the physical, tangible clutter in my home and work from there. That will be challenge enough. If along the way my head clears a little too, well, that would be dandy.

And that, ladies and gents, is my motivation for my Project Discardia.

Oh and BTW did you know that I’m also on Instagram for your discardia viewing pleasure? #discardiangel Check it out. 😉