Decluttering and Decompressing

Somehow it’s February already, so lets recap.

Donald Trump was sworn in as President of the United States and in my opinion –

lol joke.

Don’t worry, this is not one of those blog posts.

I saw a really well worded post on the Instagram page of a fellow Etsy seller a few days ago – Claireabellemakes – where she explained her feelings of uncertainty about posting her usual photos when there are these terrible and shocking things going on all around us… But that for her, the normality of a forum like Instagram helps her to feel more settled. As if it’s not all about to fall apart at any moment.

I’m not going to say that I feel exactly the same, but I do find that the insanity of the world at the moment has got me looking inwards to myself and thinking about how I can use tasks and understanding myself better to stabilise my own little world.

You might remember my post New Year New Me … Again and the list of monthly goals I set myself for 2017? Let have a little look at how I got on with Month One:

First off, I said I was going to reorganise my Etsy shop… and I did! You’ll now find all my Pole Dancer Cross Stitch kits listed individually, and a collection of really fun Valentine’s Day cards and card kits (which are selling really well, if I do say so myself!)

You can see the whole collection in my shop, here.

I also said I was going to knit and send a few little hats for the Innocent Big Knit 2017 (the winter deadline was the end of January,  but there’s another round ending in July, so get knitting!

hats

So that was January.

What about February?

My February goal is all to do with decluttering.

The plan was to start with my junk emails – and thank goodness I’ve started the process already! Today alone I’ve unsubscribed from 40 junk emails that have arrived in my inbox.

Seriously, I can assure you that I do not need a weekly email from New Look that does nothing but tempt me to look at their clothes, and then irritate me because I don’t want to spend any of my hard earned cash!

knitting

I’ve been taking the knitting thing further this month and practicing some different stitches and skills. One of the things I wanted out of my new non-9-to-5 lifestyle was to be able to help people out more, and that’s just what I’m doing!

A friend of my mum’s has a grand-daughter with a (slightly disturbing) well-loved knitted cat named Spider Cat.

It’s half red and half blue – bet you can’t guess why…..

Anyway, Spider Cat is falling apart, and I’ve been asked to knit a replacement ready for a sneaky introduction and replacement.

Cue my mum taking the opportunity to remind me of my three year old self wailing “But I don’t want NEW Bunny! I want OLD Bunny!”  (New Bunny won out and still lives in my bedside drawer)

So I’ve been binge-watching The Crown and the new season of The Good Wife while knitting, and feeling a little unfulfilled with it, until I stumbled across an Instagram post (now there’s a surprise) that for the life of me, I can’t remember who posted it! But it inspired me to stop binge-watching, and start binge-listening.

I started with an episode of Women’s Hour talking about the Scandinavian concept of Hygge, and how that can translate successfully into every aspect of our daily lives. It’s worth a listen, while it’s still available!

Anyway, I was reminded of one of my most memorable lectures from University, which was based on discussion around the Slow Movement. I particularly remember watching Carl Honore’s TEDTalk and feeling really in touch with a lot of the aspects the Slow Life represents.

I found a series of podcasts called The Slow Home Podcast, and recognise a lot of myself in their values and principles, one major one of which is decluttering your life.

Obviously, Lee and I have decluttered a LOT since moving from two houses into one tiny Cambridge flat, and then I’ve been streamlining my wardrobe too and giving away all the items that I don’t need (except of course the ones with sentimental value!).

Decluttering the junk emails from my inbox each day means that I have less of a task to do when I open my computer each day, which in turn means I can properly focus on the real task I need to do.

Decluttering my wardrobe means that I can actually see the clothes that I have, and with less choice, I have less faff about what to wear each day!

It also means I keep on top of the washing much more!

Anyway, I’m going to continue to explore the Slow Your Home project and how my life fits into it and vice versa, but I won’t give you too much else to read today!

Have a fab day lovely people! xxx

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