After two months of ridiculous amounts of snow, really cold weather and sick kids (with the related ear infections, coughs and no-sleep nights), I’m finally starting to feel some Spring optimism. Mostly that means I’m able to stay up past 8:30 p.m. to tackle some of the backlogged items on my to-do list. That includes: reducing clutter and getting some clothes that fit my post-pregnancy body (especially now that I’m prepared to accept the inner-tube shape of my waist).
I’m also hoping to pay more attention to this blog space. My goal to post something once-a-week went the way of joining an aerobics class, learning to knit and meeting new people. Good intentions, always. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s survival mode all the way when you have young kids. You do what you have to do (and what I have to do is sleep).
I thought I would kick off my blog revival by sharing a couple of things that are rocking my world currently. Hopefully they will do the same for you!
1.) I admit this book sounds like a chore to read, but I’m actually really enjoying it.
The author, Marie Kondo, is an organizing/cleaning expert in Japan and shares her fool-proof method for getting rid of clutter for good. I’m really good at resorting and organizing, but that doesn’t really solve the clutter problem at our house.
“Putting things away creates the illusion that the clutter problem has been solved. But sooner or later, all the storage units are full, the room once again overflows with things, and some new and “easy” storage method becomes necessary, creating a negative spiral.”
My massive basket/storage container collection stands as evidence of my clutter band-aids, and I’m pretty tired of spending my free time picking things up off the floor, moving piles on the counter top and throwing things in the back of a closet. So I’m ready to downsize our belongings. Kondo talks about the relationship we have with our stuff and allowing yourself to let go of things – I’m already quick to toss things out so she’s speaking my language, but I think it’s a good read for anyone on the clutter-reduction spectrum. It will change the way you view your clothes and other belongings for the better!
2.) Due to the aforementioned inner-tube waist, I’m on a mission to find flattering, comfortable clothes. The Dynama series from Mountain Hardware features a stretchy knit waistband that brought back fond memories of maternity pants. I tried the skirt and shorts and was pretty thrilled with a waist that fit with no pudge spill-over (it’s the little things, right?). This is definitely a more athletic type of material and look so best for casual wear. Since that’s all I own, it works great! I, for one, am happy to support a company that makes things with a stretchy waist. Available options here.
Next up on my Spring bucket list: purchasing bikes for Ed and I (and then actually riding them). I’m just waiting for it to be above 40 degrees. No dice on that one so far.