Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The Down Low on Down Sizing

Shopping is a woman thing. It's a contact sport like football. Women enjoy the scrimmage, the noisy crowds, the danger of being trampled to death, and the ecstasy of the purchase. ~Erma Bombeck



I have come to the conclusion that it is time for me to retire from the sport of shopping.  It is not due to lack of enthusiasm, being overly cautious, or the love of an American pastime.  I must retire out of necessity.

For, you see, I now realize that I have way more than I need of pretty much everything.  It is my goal for this new year not to buy any more craft supplies or clothes until 2020.

Over the weekend, I have been gleaning through my closet and donating clothes that either no longer fit or that I no longer want.  My hope is to only keep clothing that brings me joy.

If you have Netflix and are interested in tidiness, you may want to watch Marie Kondo's new show Tidying up with Marie Kondo.  She has wonderful ideas on how to downsize and keep things in order.  She believes you should only keep items that bring you joy.  And the items you do keep, treasure them.  I love her folding clothes method!

I did purge and tidy the clothes in my drawers.  I am still working on my closet.

My craft room is a disaster.  Not one waiting to happen... a full blown disaster.  My focus this week is organizing the crafts.  I plan on donating half of what I have.  And I certainly am not in the market to buy any more!

Marie Kondo believes you should say goodbye to each item that you either throw away or donate.  Instead, I've decided to sing So Long, Farewell (from the Sound of Music) as I pack them away.


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Beverly @How Sweet the Sound's

16 comments:

  1. Very interesting philosphy and I definitely like her folding method. Thank you for sharing about her here, Gina. I may just give this a try.

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    1. Dianna, I usually fast forward the beginning part when she meditates on the house etc. I'm here for the tidiness parts!

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  2. I like your song idea better. I too have just too much stuff. I have been working on it for sometime, but I am getting there. I lost a bunch of weight when I retired from teaching so that naturally took care of the clothes. I have been careful not to fill that closet back up:) I like her folding method too. I kind of do a take on it but rolling with it. My drawers are happier. HaHa

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    1. Sandy, good for you on losing weight!! My drawers are very happy but my closet not so much - yet.

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  3. Hi Gina!

    I really like the idea of not buying anything until 2020. I have watched a few episodes of, Tidying Up, and I think it's a wonderful idea, like all the others, I love the way she folds the clothes! Good luck with your tidying!

    Hugs and Love,
    Barb

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    1. Barb, thank you! I love that my drawers are much tidier. I did not fold my socks her way though. I just pair them, fold the tops together and there you go! xo

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  4. I read her book and I agree with some of her ideas but others I have a hard time with! I always keep my closet culled of things I do not wear. I have tried to be mindful of impulse buying as that is my downfall. Although this morning I ordered a new set of scales from Amazon. My old scales are ancient and I want to lose a few pounds so I need to have a good scale. Like you I am watching the breads and sweets and trying to walk more. Oh and I got the cutest pair of green gingham capris from the April Cornell web page you shared. I am going to pair them with a pretty pink top this spring!!

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    1. Arlene, I hope you post a picture of you in your new outfit! Sounds adorable!

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  5. Hugs. Change is not always easy! A friend was telling me about her jean folding technique!

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    1. Elizabeth, it is amazing how much less room tidy clothes take! :-)

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  6. I saw on I think the Today show, that her show was on Netflix but I haven't had a chance to watch it, I hope she does a series on how to do your kitchen because mine really needs some good organizing that's for sure. I could easily not by anymore clothes but craft supplies are too hard not to buy at all.

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    1. Connie, she does work with people on their kitchens. I think you'd like her show! I am hoping to stay strong because I really wanted to order something this week - I didn't though.

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  7. I read the book too and worked on my clothes at the time. I have them in pretty good order and don't shop much any more. I would rather hike...or craft! I am making cards for the Hospice house this week. I volunteer there on Mondays. Wish I could be there when you get rid of craft supplies! lol Enjoy your day! You're doing great!

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    1. Diane, I will put aside some pretty things for you. It may be a few weeks until I mail it. ♥

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    2. Oh Gina, you don’t need to do that. I’m sorry if it sounded like I was hinting. I’m embarrassed now! Please don’t add that to your things to worry about! Just keep lots of cute things to make your pretty cards!

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    3. Diane, oh please don't feel embarrassed. I was already thinking about sharing the wealth with my crafty blog friends. ♥

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But oh! the blessing it is to have a friend to whom one can speak fearlessly on any subject; with whom one's deepest as well as one's most foolish thoughts come out simply and safely. Oh, the comfort — the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person — having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away. ~Dinah Maria Craik, A Life for a Life, "Chapter XVI: Her Story," 1859