1. I love that warmer temps are here. Is it safe to put all the snow gear back up in the attic? Because I did.
2. I am reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, which will surprise no one. *Home management nerd-alert*
Basic premise is that you handle everything in your home (like- actually touch it and hold it) and determine if that object “sparks joy”. If it does not- get rid of it. This is a bit of a flip-flop from other standard decluttering approaches where you look at what you don’t want/use/need and get rid of that. We’re looking at what we DO like. Keep that. Ditch the rest.
(Let’s talk about how fun it would be to handle every item in your closet when you are four months postpartum and still look the part. I am waiting on that part of the challenge. Nothing sparks joy in my closet. Nothing. I am trying to be patient with myself in this but it is hard sometimes.)
I particularly liked the first section of the book, where you are asked why you are reading this particular book. Why read a book about tidying and decluttering and organizing? Well. Here’s why (for me): I always feel like having less stuff makes life simpler and frees up more head space for more important things than…managing stuff. Namely, managing the stuff that has very little meaning. I hate realizing that I have spent lots of time sorting/cleaning/decluttering/putting away stuff that I don’t care about. Or even dislike.
It’s not like I am trying to write the great American novel over here, or find the cure for cancer, but surely I have better things to do with my time. Right?
Lastly, I know not everyone is like this, but I have a harder time relaxing when there’s too much stuff out around me. (In my space, that is. I can relax alllll day long in your clutter. Swearsies.) Periodically I have to eliminate the source of brain hiccups.
3. This year I got the great idea to get my husband a juicer for Christmas. If you’ve ever gone out to eat with him, you will notice that whatever drink he orders is gone in a few minutes. He is a “drinks guy”. He has also been starting his day with smoothies for the past few months. So a juicer made sense! I was so excited! I found one on Craigslist for a good price. Done.
Roughly 17 carrots, two apples, and a bag of spinach later, we had one large glass of juice. And a ton of little parts to disassemble and clean. Merry Christmas, sug. Hope you enjoyed that $65 glass of juice. It seemed like a good idea at the time.
(The juicer no longer sparks joy. Per the books’ instructions, I will thank it for its service and release it to spark joy in someone else. Ha.)
4. Someone else has a pean-pow!
5. The boys have dug a hole in the back yard and have spent the past 45 minutes refilling water cups inside and filling the hole with water. They have not bickered. They have not fought. Yay for time outside! It is good for everyone.