Archive for November, 2012

Moving as an opportunity to simplify my life

28 November 2012

As it turns out, I’m unexpectedly moving. Well, not *totally* unexpectedly; I just didn’t plan to move this soon.

And now is the perfect time to purge: I have way too much stuff that doesn’t ever leave boxes, but get hauled from one box to another to another as I move. Things that I’ve been given (and just last weekend, I was given some free samples of low-grade peridot / olivine to work with, just after I’ve decided to only work with rubies and sapphires. Even I can’t say “no” sometimes.)

There’s a jacket that doesn’t fit right (too short in the sleeves, too tight across the shoulders) that’s an odd cut and has the most hideous lining — lilac and pink polyester swirls. I know you can’t see it, but *I* know it’s there. What was I thinking? And my super comfortable shoes that are just soooo nice to wear but look totally ratty, and the leather has come off the sole and it’s beyond repair — they’re well and truly at the end of a long and happy life. I can’t even *give* these away to charity.

Right now the most tempting and easy option is to just pack everything up, move it across town, and promise myself that I’ll sort it all when I get there. Yeah, right. I’ve said that to myself far, far too often. So now I’m going to do CONSCIOUS packing — which requires mental effort and discipline. I’ll report back next week on how I went with my conscious packing.

Wish me luck. 🙂

Learning to live with less AND live with more

20 November 2012

I’ve been inspired by minimalism of late — actually, I have for quite a while. And I’m now coming out of the (empty) closet: I’m choosing now to live as a minimalist.

The inspiration for this is pretty mundane — I’m moving house (again!)  and frankly, I don’t feel like moving so much *stuff* around. But that’s only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to my new-found minimalism.

There’s a lot in my life that I don’t want that I have right now, and stuff is only part of the problem. I also don’t want debt, I don’t want clutter, I don’t want the disorganisation that my cupboards are full of. And every time I move I promise that I’ll sort it out. And I don’t.

And there’s things that I DO want that I’ve decided I’d like MORE of, thank you. Connection is one of them. I find that I’m doing a lot of activities and spending too much time on my own, which isn’t really a good thing. Hugs are something I’d like more of. And meeting someone special would be a good thing too. And I’d like more experiences: travel is high on the list, but I’ve also decided I’d like to try parasailing at some point, and driving with the wind blowing through my hair.

So welcome to my journey. I expect it’ll take a little while to get to where I want to be; I hope it’ll be fun.