Started Paleo in May. It's July, I am down 30 pounds. Unfortunately, the inherited gout gene kicked in so I have also been fighting with it since May. More about that later. In the meantime, we are moving.
Why in the world would we, who are not youngsters, pack up and move to another state? Without political bias, I will simply say that California is not my home anymore. Still, we are excited because we will be able to buy the house of our dreams in Texas on a lake with waterfront property. Or, we can choose several acres of forest. Either way, since we are older, it seems like a way to live out the rest of our lives in a place of our choosing. I did find a colonial mansion that I really like because it is beautiful but it might be a bit too big for us. The possibilities are endless. We have not decided where we want to go yet so we are making a trip to Texas to scope out the areas.
The problem seems to be the amount of stuff we have accumulated in the last 30 some years. It seems overwhelming. Then I found this little book called, the life-changing magic of tidying up, by Marie Kondo. It's the KonMari method of conquering clutter. Like every has said about it, it is a bit different in thinking that the Western way but I am quite captivated by it.
I read the book from cover to cover to understand the concept and started yesterday. . Fairly simple and straight forward. If it doesn't give you joy, you don't keep it. She says to start with clothes. They are the easiest thing to work with. We have over 1000 books so that is going to be more difficult.
My drawers are empty. My closet is almost empty and I have already sorted and saved the tops I want to keep. The discarded tops took up 2 garbage bags. They will be donated. I haven't done anything with the clothes in the hamper but that can be done later. The KonMari method also suggest a way to fold all the clothes. Just an FYI, it you are a plus size (hence the Paleo Diet), tops won't fold small enough to fit in the drawers. While I could fold some of the the ones with thinner fabrics, I hung them all so they are in one place and color coordinated. Can't wait to get to the socks. I have two large bags full of mismatched socks. Bet I can get them down to a usable amount. Pretty excited about getting them folded and put away. Kinda interesting that I am excited about socks.
This method of removing cluttering serves several purposes. We are listing our home in March of 2019. We need it to show as well as it can. I don't want to move with boxes and boxes of stuff we don't need or can't use. Once we get a handle on the stuff, we can clear our minds of that worry and deal with all the other things we need to do for a successful move.