I was feeling like I’ve been neglecting this happy place and thought I’d briefly drop in.
I’ve been busy. A really good kind of busy.
I went on retreat with friends, aka Camp Runamuck. Nothing happened.
Not even bothering to unpack my suitcase I did a turn around to Whidbey Island with family. My heroes, brother-in- law Jeremy who is fighting ALS and sister-in-law Hallie had the best idea of renting a large house on the island where all of the friends/family support team known as Team Newby could congregate for the next few weeks. I’m sure nothing happened or is happening there either besides cow tipping and sunset watching.
I’ve also been tidying.
I can guarantee if you’ve hung out with me in the past few weeks, you’re either sick of hearing about me tidying or/and are also on the bandwagon. I blame Rachel.
Marie Kondo’s idea of tidying in The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up is simple. You bring EVERYTHING from one category into a room with you, touch each item and ask yourself, “Does this bring me joy?”
The author goes through the categories in a very systematic way. I kind of created my own, but she wants you to do it all at once regardless.
It starts with clothes, ALL of my clothes and me together in one room. Then it was books (easy) and on to the kitchen. I even brought out all the wedding bowls and platters so we too could be together in one room. Marie has a whole chapter on how to deal with gifts.
I hit the fabric relentlessly. Three mounting bins of it I purged. Obviously I’m now running out. Works in progress (WIP) got sorted and tossed.
The clear out was major, but then I stalled, mostly because I was thinking garage sale, IG flash sale, consignment shop or other ways of disposing of these ‘valuable’ items besides Goodwill, but the items were all still in my house, taking up room.
So yesterday I loaded it all up and made a whole lot of people happy at Goodwill;)
It felt so good to make this move and this dumping stage gave me the momentum to start again.
I did a little warm up to this paperless life last night while watching the Sounders game.
Some of you might recognize your business cards here;) Because one index box apparently isn’t enough, I had TWO full of business cards and passwords to various sites that didn’t even work when I went to sign in. I know how to get ahold of you all, so out they went and my cute retro index box will now house the cards for my studio’s loaning library;)
Anyone else doing this? Any tips? Life-changing?
Happy Week Peeps!