Why do people get so worked up about Friday, the 13th? I believe Monday, the 13th, especially the Monday after Daylight Saving Time begins, is much more sinister. Once again, it was dark as I drove to work … in the snow. Mother Nature decided winter isn’t finished after all. I went home for lunch, grabbed my camera and got a few pics. Will the flowers still bloom? The forecast predicts a low of 16 tomorrow night!
Coplin Road as I was returning to work:
The Kaskaskia River looking ruggedly handsome.
Are you curious how the closet cleaning and organizing from Saturday’s Coffee and Marie Kondo went? Did it “spark joy” or fizzle out? Take a peek:
I think I most enjoy the Marie Kondo folding/storage method. Look at that drawer of sweatshirts! Instead of laying them flat and wearing the top few or having to root through the top layer to get to the ones on bottom, they are folded so they will stand up in the drawer. You can see them all at a glance! I also did it with my socks. I could probably get hooked on this!
It was not a “fun” day, but it felt wonderfully productive. I realized this is a life-style. Look it over – if it doesn’t serve a worthwhile purpose or spark joy – get rid of it! I still have a long way to go because I want to carry this over into other areas of my home. Pig-Farmer returns home today from his weekend trip … we’ll see if he makes the cut! 😉
The final conclusion is that clearing the clutter will definitely make life easier. I am a clutter-bug; organized in my own way, but hang on to stuff just in case. A helpful quote for me to keep in mind is:
I would much rather have time, energy and space for adventures and experiences. If this helps me feel I have more time for those experiences …. then it will be well worth the work I put into it now. Like I said, it will have to become a lifestyle and a thought-changing process to not put aside so much to deal with later.
Let me know your thoughts, tips, advice, “issues” in the Comments!
Oh, your closet looks great! I REALLY need to do that. You’re right, though, just like eating differently (better, healthier…) it is a lifestyle change.
Hope the winter storm isn’t too bad for you; we’ll just get a nor’easter: rain and heavy winds.
We escaped with just a little snow. The wind chill is in the single digits, though. I am wondering if we will miss all the beautiful spring flowers now, because they were all sprouting and budding (some even blooming).
Oh, I hope not! We’ve had jonquils, Bradford Pears and some flowering trees in bloom for a couple of weeks now!
Perfect follow up, good luck with 16 degrees
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The wind chill has been the worst! Single digits.
I really like your ruggedly handsome river. Beautiful shots.
Don’t sweat the closet. Dump what you don’t want and burn it. You won’t miss it!
No burning, Wendy! Clothes still in good condition should go to a hospice thrift store. One of my parents needed Hospice and I was grateful for their help.
What an odd thing to say to someone you don’t know.
Donating definitely helps with any feelings of guilt associated with getting rid of good clothing. However, much just needs to be purged in whatever way works. I appreciate the positive support and affirmations to do what needs to be done.
Thank you, Wendy! I could actually go through my clothing again, now. It will be very freeing to have only clothes I love. Just a shift in mindset.
It’s amazing what I can rationalize to hold on to. But once I let go of it, I’m happier that it is gone. I hope you find the same peace.
The closet looks good! I saw a few snowflakes this morning, but rain is what we have now. I like the sweatshirt folding idea. I need to figure out something like that for my sweaters. After being folded and stacked, there are always creases. I think my drawers are too shallow to fold–maybe I need new furniture? LOL
Perfect idea – new furniture! 😉 The sweatshirts are folded and are “standing” up in the drawer (which is very deep). I hope that helps them not to crease. I’m not sure how it would work if the drawer was shallow. Definitely would need another fold in there.
I might have to resort to rolling, as for packing a suitcase.
I do hope Pig Farmer makes the cut!
If he keeps setting his alarm for 4 a.m. he will not!
Have you mentioned to him the possibility that the 4 a.m. alarm might shorten his life? 🙂
Heavens to Betsy, YES! 🙂
Your closet looks fab! I’m a bit short on cupboard space. Love the way you can easily see your clothes. Decluttering is good, but I often wish I hadn’t discarded clothes that come back into fashion … I really enjoyed the river and road pics
Yes, and what would kids do without raiding us for our 80s (or whatever fad) clothing!? It was a pretty snow … and I’m glad it didn’t stick around for long!
Hi Marla, Thanks for dropping in with your sweet words. It’s nice to be missed. Yes, I’m still here. Had to stop blogging for a multitude of reasons. May get back into it someday. Love your organized closet! THAT would surely make me happy.
Thank you Julie for popping in and commenting! I hope to see your beautiful blog posts soon. Sometimes a break is necessary … take care of yourself!