Thursday, April 30, 2015


Please allow me to jump on the band wagon for a moment and talk about Marie Kondo's book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up or as it's more commonly talked about, the KonMari method.

Right now my life is changing in BIG ways. HB and I got engaged in January. We both graduate from Master's programs this month. I landed a new job which will start in June 1st (I am ecstatic). And finally, HB and I are moving. 

We have moved four times in the last three years and every time we prepare to move I get stressed out and want to get rid of most of our belongings. I just don't understand why we have so much stuff. In truth, I don't feel this way just before a move. When the apartment is disorganized I tend to look around and think "there's too much here" and before long I'm day dreaming about getting rid of it all.

I first heard about the KonMari method on Krissie Bently's blog. I realize now that a lot of people in the blog universe are talking about the KonMari method. Most of them are gushing about how wonderful it is. How it allowed this person to tame their closets, create a serene space for [insert hobby], and cut down the amount of time it takes to clean their home. When I found out about this book the timing seemed perfect. Right now, I am about to pull every item I own out of my drawers and closets in order to pack them and move. What better time than now to get rid of the unnecessary things?

I'm looking at minimalist spaces to help me stay inspired.

I was primed to love this book. To pour over the pages and take in every word of wisdom in order to perfect the art of decluttering my apartment. 

It didn't work out that way. Before I'd completed the first chapter of the book I was feeling a little let down. I wasn't in love with the KonMari method. But I decided to take what I needed from the pages and leave the rest, much like Cassie explains that she did on her blog.

Here's what I liked:
  • Keeping items that spark joy
  • Tackling things in a specific order
  • Storing according to how easy it is to put something away (instead of how easy it is to take something out)
  • Store all items of the same type together 
  • Giving yourself permission to get rid of things that no long spark joy (thanking them for their service it that helps you avoid guilt about saying good-bye)
  • Avoiding stockpiling things
  • Getting rid of paper
  • You've got enough (space, storage stuff, etc. don't go bigger/buy gadgets)
I won't list what I didn't like. If you're going to read the book I don't want to color your experience with my criticism. But I will say this...I am not tackling the whole project of tidying my apartment all at once. So far I'm focused on clothes. Pulling everything out of closets and drawers, determining what stays and what goes. And where it goes.

I'm conflicted over the where it goes bit. There are some things I'm donating, like gently used professional attire that's going to Dress for Success. But what about the rest? Anything that's stained, torn, etc is sadly headed to a landfill but the still serviceable clothes, what do I do with that? I don't want to create unnecessary waste so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Monday, April 27, 2015


A few days after I finished my culminating project I looked at my calendar and realized I had a full morning with nothing scheduled. I checked the weather, sun and 70s were in the forecast. I decided to go hiking.

I've never hiked alone before and I'm not sure why I was inspired to start. But in one week I went hiking three times at two different parks. And while I love hiking with friends, I never let the lack of a hiking buddy stop me from going.

Sadly, the weather hasn't been as nice recently and I've spent more time with Netflix then on the trail. But I'm hopeful that with warmer weather I'll be excited to head outdoors again and explore some new trails.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Gratitude Day 30

Last gratitude journal post!

  1. I’m grateful that the RAs are back after spring break. It was awesome to hear their stories about break.
  2. Kait convinced me to watch Outlander today. I read the book years ago so watching the show was a huge treat. Now I’m hooked.
  3. Knitting supplies for my first sweater arrived today! I'm on a knitting kick and it's been a great stress reliever.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Gratitude Day 29

  1. I’m grateful for my family's health.
  2. I’m grateful that HB and I are talking about home ownership and making plans for the future.
  3. I’m grateful that I still get to tell my engagement story! Today I showed the video and my engagement ring to family who hadn't heard the full story yet.