Personal Reflection

Why I Love Decluttering My Life

It’s easy to accumulate a lot of stuff over the years. But it’s not as easy to throw away or donate things. At least for me.

I’ve been trying to live a more minimalistic lifestyle in 2018. I’ll admit I’m not perfect. But as I get older, I realize owning material possessions doesn’t bring me genuine satisfaction.

I like cleaning. There’s something so calming about it. I’m not a fan of mess. Chaos and I don’t get along.

Going through my closet the their day took a while. I have way too many clothes.

I tend to reach for the same pieces over and over again, so I didn’t even know what I had in the back of my closet.

Safe to say, I had a ton of items I hadn’t worn in years, much less months.

I’ve tried my best to buy less this year because I already own many of the things I want. I don’t need to purchase more.

I’m not really a hoarder, although I do like keeping items for one reason or another. Still, if something doesn’t serve me anymore, I will give it away or get rid of it.

I hope I continue to live a better, more sustainable lifestyle. I’m aware that the environment is also impacted by our buying habits. I’d like to be as eco-friendly as possible.

After decluttering, I felt a weight lifted off my shoulders. I’m happier. I’d rather love a few pieces then possess a lot but not like anything all that much.

Cleaning, decluttering, organizing is fun for me. Fortunately. Unfortunately, they take time and effort.

I used to make purchases, thinking having more stuff would make me happier. But I’ve come to see the value in living with less and appreciating what you have. Life is easier, simpler that way. Besides, no one needs to have 50 shirts.

Productivity

I Need To Stop Procrastinating Right Now

In a perfect world, I wouldn’t procrastinate. But I live in an imperfect world and I’m an imperfect human being.

I delay. I put things off. And when the deadline nears, my stress levels skyrocket.

Even though I’m someone who hates leaving things to the last minute, I don’t always start early enough.

At least when I procrastinate, I try to be somewhat productive. Instead of doing the thing I should, I’ll do something else like clean. It’s not as urgent as an essay due in three days, but I’ll still take cleaning over writing. Or editing. Don’t even get me started on edits.

I find it interesting how much better I’ve gotten at procrastinating over the years. I guess I’ve had a lot of practice. For some reason, I didn’t put things off as much in high school. Then I went to university and everything changed.

I procrastinate with blogging all the time. I can’t help it.

When I was younger, I used to be more of a morning person, so I procrastinated less.

Nowadays, I stay up later and do most of my creative writing later in the day, which means I procrastinate until I can’t.

Personal Reflection

15 Things I Love

I’m capable of love too. I’m not that hateful of a person.

  1. The sound of keys being pressed.
  2. The sound of pens being clicked.
  3. The colour red.
  4. Simple Plan.
  5. Criminal Minds.
  6. Cheese.
  7. Chips.
  8. Smoothies.
  9. Eating.
  10. Learning.
  11. Winning.
  12. Cleaning.
  13. Creating.
  14. Many fictional characters.
  15. My family.

No surprises here.

It should be obvious that I love lists. Even if you only followed me two minutes ago.

Writing

Countdown To Christmas: What Not To Give A Writer

This list may or may not apply to all writers. Still, I wouldn’t give a writer any of these. It’d be different if he or she has an obsession for smelling flowers, cleaning the house, and watching bad movies.

Flowers

I doubt many of you gift flowers during the holiday season. But for future occasions (like Valentine’s Day), don’t give a writer flowers. Why would you when you can give them something useful (like a notebook) instead? Okay, maybe I am only saying this because I’ve had some bad experiences with flowers. It’s a long story.

Cleaning Products

Hygiene items fall under this category as well. Do I really need to elaborate on this one?

Tickets To A Bad Movie Based On A Good Book

Unless you want to ruin a perfectly good book, avoid at all costs. I’ve avoided watching many movies for this exact reason. The book will always be better. Always.

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What Every Writer Ought To Do Over The Summer

Summer is almost here! I can’t believe time has passed by so quickly. I am definitely looking forward to being more productive this summer by writing, reading, dancing, and blogging more. Exams (for me) start next week but I have already started to plan out what I am going to do after exams.

So without further ado, I will generalize my plans to suit the title of what writers should try to do or at least think about doing during the summer months. When summer comes, you won’t be bored.

  1. Start a blog if you haven’t already
  2. If you do have a blog, continue maintaining it by posting frequently
  3. Start a Twitter account if you haven’t already or continue making a prescence for yourself online
  4. Organize your gigantic collection of books
  5. Submit work to online contests/competitions and everywhere possible because you never know what may come out of it
  6. Clean your work space up to declutter your mind
  7. Write a novel or two
  8. Learn a new skill you always wanted to learn, whatever that may be
  9. Take some time and reward yourself doing whatever makes you happy (e.g. yoga, knitting, cooking)
  10. Practice your craft, hone your skills, and sharpen your pencils
  11. Keep a journal or diary for the entire summer
  12. Make mistakes and learn from them
  13. Catch up on some sleep for all the nights you stayed up late to meet a deadline
  14. Try to believe in yourself, in your voice, in your work, and in everything that you do
  15. Read, read, read!