Monday, February 20, 2017

#52Lists: Four

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Love Notes

Happy Valentine's Day, friends!  Thought I'd share some love by showing my appreciation for some of the people and things I've been loving lately.

Your printable planner stickers and freebies are absolutely amazing.  You make my monthly layouts seriously BEaYoutiful.


You always having the coolest shit for my retail therapy sessions.  You are gold, baby.  Solid gold.

Dear Tabasco Salt,

You take my snacks to a higher level. I love how you go so great with popcorn, watermelon, chicken, beef, pork, seafood, veggies... Basically, you rock.

Dear Kristen,

Thank you for turning me on to NetGalley.  I feel like Belle when the Beast brought her to his library.

Dear Pinterest and Ross,

You guys are seriously awesome.  Pinterest, you always come through with the best ideas.  Ross, you give me the the kind of deals that nowhere else does.  Thanks for making me look like the kind of over-achieving mom who has her shit together (when we all know I really don't).

Monday, February 13, 2017

#52Lists: Three

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

KonMari: Books and Papers

The second KonMari category is BOOKS.  This category was fairly simple for me because I only just started purchasing real books last year so I didn't have very many that needed to be sorted through.  Because the category includes magazines, textbooks, phone books, etc. I ended up with quite a bit in my pile.  But, I was able to throw out most of it without even a glance and only kept a handful of books.  I really only kept two books (#Girlboss and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks) and the others I brought to work to add to the mini-library a few of my co-workers and I have started.

My before pile consisted of lots of magazines I never read through, a few text books, and a few old planners/journals.  I kept #Girlboss because it is one that I absolutely love and re-read whenever I'm feeling unmotivated and I hadn't read The Immortal Life yet but will be reading it for my book challenge this year.

The third category is PAPERS.  I had a tough time getting around to this category because I wasn't looking forward to sorting through everything.  I had three expandable folders and two drawers full of receipts, check stubs, instruction manuals, warranties, old contracts and legal documents, etc.  Just the thought of going through it was overwhelming but once I started, it wasn't that difficult.  It also helped that one of the expandable folders apparently got wet during this weekend's crappy weather (rain came in through the window near the area where I placed all the papers I was going to sort through) so I just chucked it.  I don't have a "before" photo because I didn't bother to take one since I just wanted to throw away that yucky folder which was starting to smell like mildew.

I got rid of most of the papers and only kept two of the expandable folders, which really don't have much left inside of them.  The purple one is for the birth certificates, shot records, passports, and this school year's report cards, awards and certificates and the blue folder holds all my sewing patterns which I plan to get back into using once I've cleared everything else out and have more room to lay out my fabric and sew.

In these two categories I was able to get rid of about three boxes of books and one 13 gal. trash bag full of papers.  I don't plan on letting my books or papers accumulate again.  I've actually purchased three new books since decluttering, but they are placed in the mini-library at work.  I bring only the book I'm currently reading in and out of the house now and papers I throw away once I'm done with them.  Eventually I want to start scanning all the certificates, awards, kids' drawings, etc. but those are considered to be part of the SENTIMENTAL category, which is last.

Up next is the KOMONO category, which is basically everything else that isn't clothing, books, papers or sentimental items.  Komono items include CD/DVDs, makeup and skincare products, cleaning supplies, electronics, stationery supplies (which will probably be hard for this planner addict), kitchen items (pots and pans, dishes, etc.), food items, and everything in between.  Komono will surely be the biggest category to go through, but I found a printable KonMari checklist over at JuJu Sprinkles which breaks down the Komono into subcategories which are much easier to go through.

I'm hoping to start on Komono this weekend if I can find the time.  It is really hard to put everything in a pile on the floor when you have (at least) four other humans going in and out of the room, trampling over everything and getting in the way (or complaining that YOU'RE in the way).  Wish me luck!

#52Lists: Two

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Friday, February 3, 2017


She was tougher than boys twice her age
Heart on her sleeve, never afraid to speak her mind
Her temper was fierce but she loved with passion
She was a tiny little thing, but don't dare tell her that
No matter the obstacle, she would soar over it with a smile
She never complained about the weight of her problems
Always respectful, never wanting to put a burden on others
She was loved by so many, well-known in the community
We thought we knew her, but in the end we failed her


Yesterday, I got news that the world lost a precious soul.  A family we were close to lost their only daughter to suicide.  She was 12 years old.

I don't know all the details of the situation but at the moment, it seems that nobody knows why.  I'm not going to pretend to know what she felt, but by all outward appearances, she was a happy kid.  She got good grades, played sports, had tons of friends, and her parents were very supportive of her.  Why she (or any other child, for that matter) felt that this was her only option, I'll never know.  All I know, is that it could have been prevented somehow.

To anyone who is a parent/aunt/uncle/grandparent/cousin/brother/sister/friend:  please talk to any child that you know about depression and suicide.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Monthly Mantra 2017: February

If you didn't know from my past few posts, I've recently started decluttering and reorganizing with the KonMari method after reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo so it's no surprise that February's mantra is all about changing our surroundings.

During this month, I'll be continuing on my KonMari journey and posting about each category I complete in the hopes of having a tidier, less cluttered home.  After completing the first category, (clothes), I felt like a weight had been lifted off of my shoulders.  It was amazing to see how much space I could free up by letting go of things I didn't really, truly love.  Once you get rid of the things that don't spark joy, you'll be left with only the things that make you happy, and that's exactly what a home should be - a safe, secure and happy place.