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.

Reading

8 Things Readers Can Agree With

  1. Books over boys. Who wants to go out with a boy when they can go out with a book?
  2. It takes a reader to understand another reader. Experience doesn’t lie.
  3. Clothes and chocolate will never beat books and other bookish items. Can anyone explain why people continue to gift clothes that don’t fit or chocolate no one ever eats?
  4. A book lover often befriends other book lovers. Although most book lovers are fantastic at pretending to like non-book lovers because readers are beyond kind.
  5. The book is better than the movie. Movies have one purpose. To disappoint.
  6. Owners can treat their books however they like. Bend the spine, dog-ear a page, lend it to another reader.
  7. It doesn’t matter what anyone reads or how much they read. The world would be better off without judgemental assumptions and conclusions.
  8. I automatically like you more if you want to talk about books. I don’t have many friends on Goodreads because most of the people I know aren’t keen readers. It’s tragic, but I have no time to convert anyone into being a reader.
Writing

What To Give A Writer For Christmas

What to give a writer for Christmas—which is two days away—will vary greatly depending on the writer.

Still some good gift ideas are listed below if you wish to please that writer in your life. This list is in no particular order and is not exhaustive either. 

  1. Books. Every serious writer is also a serious reader. 

  2. Notebooks. Every writer owns enough notebooks to fill a room or two. One more wouldn’t hurt. 

  3. Stationery. Pens, highlighters, post-it notes, etc. Anything you’d buy a child going back to school suits a writer trying to make a living. 

  4. Money. Everyone needs money, however; nobody needs money more than an aspiring writer. 

  5. Clean clothes. Just clothes would work too since writers aren’t the most hygienic species existing on earth. 

  6. Coffee, tea, and/or other stimulants. Keeping a writer hydrated and fed reduces burnout and writer’s block. They’ll thank you later.

  7. Gift cards. Gift cards to bookstores like Chapters or Barnes and Nobles, to office supply stores like Staples or Office Depot, etc., allows the writer to buy what they fancy. You know how picky writers are.  

But, of course, the best gift you can give a writer is time. And lots of it.

Writing

A Writer’s Wardrobe

  • 5 sweatpants. What? They’re comfortable.
  • 7 sweaters, one for every day of the week. When it’s too cold and you’re too poor to turn on the heat.
  • 10 pairs of PJ’s. Because nothing beats writing in your pajamas.
  • 1 laptop bag. Big enough for a laptop, some books, and your notes. Perfect for those times you want to go out and get inspired.

Laptop Bag

  • 1 blazer. Perfect for the occasional conference and workshop. You need to look together. Sort of.
  • 1 dress or suit. Those times you might have to attend a wedding or a party but all the clothes you normally wear are dirty because you haven’t gotten around to doing the laundry.
  • 1 hat. For the day you get so famous everyone knows who you are the minute you walk out your house. But that might be a dream for now. One day though this may be reality.