THE BIG PROBLEM WITH DECLUTTERING

*Please read if you are a current fan of Tidying up with Marie Kondo* Trust me, nothing makes me happier than the KonMari-decluttering hype that is happening because of the new Netflix series. Following the discovery of her book a couple of years ago, I managed to get rid of 75% of my belongings and…

BREAKING A LIMITING BELIEF ABOUT TIME: CHRISTMAS EDITION

Unlike a lot of people I know, I absolutely love coming home to my parents for Christmas. I am grateful for someone taking care of me for once, grateful for the luxury of freshly baked things daily, and a Christmas-move-addicted family. I am grateful for the long walks with the puppy, and the yearly puzzle…

FESTIVE FEAR OR MISSING OUT

FOMO. Fear of missing out. This feeling we all relate to in some ways, or many, is taken to a new level during Christmas time. We want to be everywhere and do everything that others are doing, and when we actually manage to show up, we feel that other people are having better conversations, and…

DECLUTTERING MY CHRISTMAS TO-DO-LIST

In last week’s post on a gift-free Christmas, I mentioned how much time I found myself having as nothing revolved around the Christmas shopping anymore. But this crazy season offers so many festive choices; markets, parties, events, and we want to go to it all, all the time, but we also want to enjoy the…

CONSEQUENCES OF A GIFT-FREE CHRISTMAS

Having a minimalist approach to Christmas and gift-giving has practically saved my relationship with the season. I, who always felt slightly queasy during the unwrapping moments. I, who could barely think about Christmas without also feeling the guilt, remembering crushing memories of unneeded gifts. I, who am still not the greatest fan of receiving –…

HOW GRATITUDE CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE

Having grown up in a Christian home, gratitude has been a daily, collective, practice for me and my family. However, it wasn’t until a couple of years ago that I took my practice away from the dinner table. I committed to a year of listing a minimum of five new things every day as a…

THE W:S OF MINIMALISM

Minimalism is about owning asĀ little as possible, and a lifestyle for vagabonds and ascetics. Not for me. I don’t want to only own, like, 30 items. WRONG! This used to be my attitude towards minimalism, and probably the biggest misconception out there. Then, what is minimalism really about? Surrounding yourself with things that serve you….

MORE THAN FREEING UP SPACE

This is a soul story about that stunning skirt you no longer use and are considering getting rid of, and how that will go beyond freeing up some space in your wardrobe. By now, I know just about every excuse in the book to why the skirt has to stay. “It’s a gift.” “I bought…