Thanks to all of your for your encouragement on my first post. I’m still trying to figure this bloggy thing out but I’ll get there (generation X and late adopter that I am). I’ve changed my heading picture for Provenance and Providence to something that seems more local: beautiful rock roses. However, these are native to the Americas… so much still to learn.
So where does one start with defining a better way? I’ve decided on what I think is a logical beginning: a clearing process to declutter my space, my mind and my thinking. I came across Marie Kondo purely by chance but am really interested in her method, ‘Konmari’. She is a Japanese organising consultant but beyond what you might think is just an obsessive compulsion is where the appeal lies: it’s about decluttering your existence, retaining only the things that ‘spark joy’ in your life, creating calm simplicity and using your space and time efficiently.
Understanding that this is an enormous commitment, I’m convinced that Konmari is going to be the right place to start. Not only do I have a small house with limited space, but I’m sure I have loads of stuff that I don’t need and many ways in which I can organise better. I’m looking forward to December when I have some leave to get started on this. I’m hoping this will free up a fresh energy to start planning my journey in earnest.
Talking about December, I hope you’ve made your lists of time-consuming and adequately valued Christmas presents to demonstrate to the people in your life how much you care about them. In my next post, I’m going to share my ideas about Christmas in the spirit of wellbeing. I’ve just made my first gift for very dear people: home-made kimchi which is now fermenting with great calm in the fridge.
Optimistically yours, until then.