Getting Rid of Stuff: Marie Kondo’s ‘Life-Changing Magic of Tidying’

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De-cluttering, getting rid of stuff, tidying up… minimalism is very trendy these days. There are countless lifestyle blogs and articles about keeping unnecessary, unwanted and unused possessions to a minimum. This minimalist approach has also been extended to money and finances, with bloggers such as Cait Flanders writing about shopping bans and saving money by rejecting consumerism. Because, after all, you need money to acquire the stuff and experiences you actually want.

On Saturday morning, I started clearing out. Inspired by Marie Kondo’s New York Times best-selling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying, I spent the whole day focusing on tidying up my bedroom. Despite having a fairly ruthless (or so I thought) sort-out when I moved house a few years ago, I found clothes I’ve owned for 10 years or more. My drawers held clothes that, I kid you not, I wore to my first teenage job as a waitress. Time for them to move on. Continue reading

“Brown paper packages…” — Sound of Music-inspired gift wrapping

Instead of just buying a couple of rolls of gift-wrap this year, I decided to be a little more creative and turned to The Sound of Music for inspiration.

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things!

I love songs from old musicals! When I was about 8 or 9, I had a singing teacher used to play the music on the piano and we sang most of The Sound of Music repertoire: My Favorite Things, The Lonely Goatherd, Do-Re-Mi

Brown paper packages tied up with ribbon (or string!) look pretty and vintage. It is also more economical than buying expensive gift-wrap and gift bags: I bought a large roll of brown parcel paper from Amazon. Any craft store should carry it, but it’s probably cheaper to get it online.

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What you need:
Brown paper
Ribbon — I chose fabric ribbon with a Merry Christmas snowflake motif
Sticky tape
Optional:
Christmas themed rubber stamps — I used a gift stamp that labels gifts ‘To…. From….’ and a Christmas star
Gold and silver pigment ink pads

I wrapped up my gifts in brown paper, stamped them with a gift label and a star, and tied them up with ribbon. It’s a fun Christmas craft that is simple, but will makes gifts look wonderfully festive!

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What creative things are you doing for Christmas this year? Do share!

Photo challenge day 8: Home

Day 8 of the First Thirty-one photo challenge from Fourtuitous!

Definition
Home: a place where you can sit in comfort, absorbed deep in the pages of a good book.

First Thirty-one photo challenge day 8

First Thirty-one photo challenge day 8

This month marks the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. It is a literary classic and one that I love to read.

Photo challenge day 3: Returns

Day 3 of the First Thirty-One photo challenge (Fourtuitous.com)!

When the clock ticks past 4 pm, I know who will be waiting patiently until I return home to feed her.

Before a cat will condescend
To treat you as a trusted friend,
Some little token of esteem
Is needed, like a dish of cream — T.S. Eliot

Waiting for the human

Waiting for the human