I’ve been MIA for quite awhile again, have gained a little more weight and am really looking forward to the next 5% challenge for support. But I’m not waiting for the challenge kickoff nor for the 1st of January to regroup. In fact, regrouping has been a daily activity lately!
As I reported in my last blog a few weeks ago, my living room and kitchen got new wallpaper and ceiling paint. I had to pretty much move out of those two rooms. The boxes are stored in the cellar and stairwell – STILL, because I’m waiting for a new sofa (arrives in 10 days) and the new built-in kitchen (one more month). These next few days will be full of unpacking - boxes upon boxes, just without Christmas wrap. Photos to come!
Cooking is a challenge - I have a hotplate, microwave and electric tea kettle, and a balcony serving as a fridge. But there's not much space for prepping meals, so I've been relying on store-bought salads and sandwiches. Holiday treats have also taken their toll weight-wise, but I've pretty much seen the last of those. I get tired of them pretty quick, just sampling my favorites early in the season.
The words to "Joy to the World" keep coming to mind in this regrouping process - "Let every heart prepare him room." I'm preparing room; that's what the Advent season is about! But in another way, this preparing means that my home will be more peaceful and welcoming, for me and for others, when it's through. Knowing that gives me joy!
Although I got rid of a LOT of stuff when packing, I’ll be doing more decluttering as I unpack. As things got down to the wire a few weeks back, I didn’t have time to go through everything, just packed it in a box, labelled it as best as I could. Some boxes even have “dump” on them because I know that most of what’s in them will be either recycled, given away or --- dumped!
I already feel much lighter and freer. The decisions haven’t always been easy. Sometimes the decision to get rid of something is easy but the HOW takes time and effort. A guiding thought in all of it – I don’t remember who said it, maybe it’s a version of a Marie Kondo quote – has been “is this something that you see yourself needing or using in this new phase of your life”?
Here’s a summary of what I’m not taking with me into the new year:
3 non-functioning laptops
2 big trash bags full of old ring binders
another trash bag of miscellaneous stuff
old wooden curtain rods
shoeboxes of cassette tapes
1 box of vhs tapes
1 very big bag of old tax returns and bank statements
Lots more paper, old notes and letters
4 boxes of books
a drop-leaf table
kitchen cabinets and counters
2 big IKEA bookshelves (I had 6 and am down to 3)
stove and fridge (20 and 15 years old respectively and on their last legs)'
The goal is to keep the clutter at bay by making it a continuous process. A lifestyle, you might say, like weight loss.
Joy to YOUR world as you prepare HIM room! Merry Christmas! And thank you for reading and your super Spark support!