Had a wee bit of a purging exercise yesterday. And it quite literally kicked my ass. I was going to post pictures of my bruised knees, thigh and armpit from an unfortunate fall I took when the stool I was standing on tipped backwards against my straining reach to a top shelf, but I decided against it. No one needs to see my thrashed armpit. You're welcome.
I love my home, but we have miniature closets. Actually we are completely deficient in closets. No linen closet. No coat closet. Just 3 bedroom closets and a weird little hobbit space under the stairs. Of the 3 bedrooms, our master bedroom closet is the smallest. It's almost as if the builder of the home back in the 1970s was giving us the minimalist message in the future. "Travel lightly....here are no closets to help you with that." . .
The reality is that my bedroom closet is a source of major anger for me. Before yesterday, it was packed so tightly with clothes, some old and too small, some still with tags. There were sweaters, long since worn, tangled on high shelves, with dangling sleeves reaching out to be filled. Dusty shoes scattered around, some living the single life, and several that have never pounded the pavement. It was just stupid. Dresses, shirts with holes, like 10 pairs of ripped knee jeans. Why?? .
I started to look at my closet as an extension of myself. Why was I holding onto these things? What made me think I was going to someday magically decide to wear those pink chiffon striped pants? All of this excess had been making me feel stressed and anxious everytime I stepped in to that small space. Too many options, to the extent that my choices were clouded by overindulgence. .
So I got rid of it all. Poof. Done. Going to a women's charity. I kept what I know I will use. The rest isn't meant for me, anymore. Feels good to clear out the closet and make room for new opportunities. (Anthropologie, I'm winking at you!) #closet#excess#purge#home#makeroom#clean#throwitout#donate#writing#writersofinstagram#writer#write#holdspace#introspection#encinitas#leucadia
The #Planck diet, is it right? This is one of those #diets often advertised in women's magazines or on the Internet as a last-minute remedy for #excess weight before the #bikini test https://buff.ly/2KYWlTH
◽️ This hallway has been home to a lot of junk over the last 3 years (swipe to see). Aside from Jude’s toys, nothing on those shelves got touched...ever. The toys have been relocated and decluttered to completely fit in Jude’s room, and now just this empty hall remains. And guess what? I like it a lot. Other than books, I don’t remember what lived on those shelves, and so I miss none of it. One of the greatest things this journey has given me is awareness of everything I own. Frankly, it’s been pretty upsetting. But I’ll save all of that emotional stuff for another day. Make room for life, friends. ◽️
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MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL MY NEARS AND DEARS
TRAINED BY ROHIT. K
I was raised by people born in #thegreatdepression and leaving food on your plate was the epitome of #wastefulness and #excess . I didn't raise my child that way, but it certainly got #engrained in my own habits. I'm learning to #listentomybody , but it's so hard! I did leave a few bites on my plate twice today, so hopefully that's a good sign. 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻 #vsg#wls
I’m going to admit something that we all do, but would not typically be forthcoming with.
I hoard clothes. 👕👚👙👖👗
Not the “I should be on a tv show because I can’t get into my home” kind of hoarding, but the kind where I buy things I’ll wear someday when there’s the right occasion, or duplicates of things I forgot I had. I keep things that I know I won’t wear anymore because, you never know I may change my mind, or maybe it’ll fit better a different day. (🙄)
I cleared 22 tops out of my closet, but still have over 200. This does not include my dresses, athleisure, jeans, pajamas, etc.
I know this sounds like a lot, but if you count how many items you have, I’m sure you’ll be just as surprised!
I tried every top on, and if both my Husband and I didn’t love it, it was gone. I am going to continue this with the rest of my wardrobe because IT FEELS SO GOOD!
My goal is realistic, and so necessary. We all feel the need to be surrounded by so much stuff, we store things we never look at, yet can’t seem to part with.
Challenge yourself to rid yourself of unnecessary excess. 💕 Life is about experiences and not things - it is also too short to surround yourself with things that you don’t love, or make you feel weighed down.🙌🏼
Episode 4 of The Quest of the Dark Knight:
The Dark Knight awoke to a loud banging in his visor. The Metallic Squirrel of Very Little Intelligence was looking at him, his tinny head cocked to one side. “What happened’ murmured the Knight, unable to bear the sound of his usual roar. The squirrel looked sheepish (a fine feat for a Tin Rodent). ’Um, well My Leige, after thou drankest of the Potion many Strange Things happened... First thou proposed Undying Love to a cow possed of 25 udders, and then passionately kissed the Hideous Hag with But One Rotted Tooth. Um sire, the squirrel turned a little green. Methinks thou mayest have swollowed the Rotted Tooth. Then thou slaughtered our last flock sheep with one swing of your Sword, insulted several Noblemen to whom we now owe quite a lot of money, trodest on upon a frog who we think may well have been Prince Ludwig of Poopenstein and then came back to the Castle where thou drank 40 flagons of Rusty Wine wine. Um, thou have been asleep for three weeks now sire. ‘Nuts’ said the Dark Knight, 'that didn't go as planned... What now?' .
Repost from the increasingly medieval evolving story collaboration between @her_dark_materials and @kim_kaos
Excess will bring no more happiness than just having enough. We should be taking note of all that we do have, and reminding ourselves that it is already enough and we are already feasting.
So thankful for the ordinary and mundane, the every day events. Today, those moments may have been: making a meal for your family, and having access to fresh and healthy produce to make that meal. Tickles and cuddles on the sofa with your child. A quiet moment to have a cup of coffee in the backyard in the warm sunshine. Finding a drawing from your child tucked inside your handbag. A very loud house, filled with playful shouts and laughter. This is more than enough. This a feast. .
◽️ I know, Right? Looks like I’m just downloading photos from HGTV.com and photoshopping my greyhound in. Nah. This is real life. There’s next to nothing in my bedroom, and it has never been so beautiful. Get that: none of my extra stuff was making me happy. More progress to come. Onward. ◽️
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