Thursday, October 4, 2012

Occupy

I've moved since last you heard from me, to a darling little house that can properly be called a cottage.

 I moved under stressful and sad circumstances that I won't bore you with here. Suffice it to say, this place was a haven, a soft place to land after a terrible fall. And so this modest little place is very precious to me.

It's larger in some ways, smaller in others, than my old place. But it's OK because consolidating and culling one's possessions are part of the cathartic and healing process of moving.

I continue to solve the puzzle of making everything fit, maximizing the functionality of all the space.

Accordingly, I turned the tiny second bedroom into a walk-in closet and dressing room. It's glorious to have all my clothes and accessories arrayed before me when I face the task of getting dressed in the morning.

In spite of consolidating my possessions for the move, I'm still troubled by all the things I have that I don't use. Books I haven't read; clothes, makeup, hair accessories, jewelry, lotion, fragrances I never wear. I don't like excess or overconsumption and I sure don't like clutter.

So I'm testing all my clothes for wearability. Does it fit? Does it flatter? I need fewer clothes. I need to have clothes I actually wear. So each article of clothing is subjected to the question: Does it look great?

If not, off it goes to the end of the long driveway, where a box of sundry items with a "Free" sign on them will disappear within a matter of hours.

About the Books
My books, my many books, they have to prove themselves too. There's a whole shelf of books I haven't read, so I don't even know if they're worth keeping.

Expect to see reviews or something as I systematically process each and every one of these books. Right now I'm nearly to the end of The Mother Tongue by Bill Bryson.

Stay tuned.



5 comments:

RME said...

K, I haven't read your blog in ages. Sorry to say, b/c it's always so pleasant to see what's going on in your mind. It's not that I didn't want to, but w/MS I find it hard to focus on reading to begin with and you know that drivers ed and studying for the drivers theoretical test next week forces me to read. So I'm happy I read this post of yours, and I must say I like it very much. Plus the same turmoil is going on inside of me... I planned on throwing out every single extra baggage in my apartment I don't need. Have I done it yet? Nope. And it's October already. There's so much that would've to go unfortunately. What's keeping me? I plan on making money of the things I don't wanna keep, and sell it through Ebay's. But I don't really know how that works, especially b/c I'm a buyer no seller. *sigh* So I'll end up with more and more stuff I'm afraid, unless I'll hire you, or do as you suggested: put up a 'freebies' box somewhere. Keep up the good work and don't you ever dare to quit blogging! It's your fault I'm blogging to begin with *lol* Take care. R.

steviewren said...

I enjoyed that book. How about you?

Indie said...

R. so glad you're reading! I agree it's hard to get rid of things. I find that if I keep things around til I sell them, then I never get them out of my life! I admire the people with the time, patience and organizational skills to sell their unwanted stuff. But personally, I think the relief of being free of things is payoff enough. Of course I don't have anything of actual value.

Stevie, I really like Bryson so much. I love his take on this crazy language. I've learned a few things and put a few things in perspective.

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