Year In Review: 2019


This year has been filled with change for me.

The most obvious being, this past autumn, I finally put my days of living abroad behind me and moved back to Canada. It was hard to say goodbye to Ireland and the UK in some ways, but not difficult in others. I missed my friends and family so much that I decided not to do an extra year of travel and move back home. It seemed like it was time to settle down, get a career, and perhaps think about starting a family (or at least finding a boyfriend who I wanted to stick around for the long-term). However, I went from being employed at a full time job, having my own apartment, and being very independent to crashing in my childhood bedroom while looking for a job.

What you don’t know is that my worst nightmare came to pass while I was overseas. I dreaded the thought of any of my family dying while I was away, and that happened. Twice. Continue reading “Year In Review: 2019”

Cleaning My Closet: off-season storage

Do you put clothes into storage when the seasons change?

This is where Marie Kondo and Anuschka Rees differ. The author of The Curated Closet says to store away your autumn/winter clothes in spring and to tuck aside your spring/summer items in autumn, while KonMari method says to just keep it all in your closet. Personally, I do not know a single person who actually does store “off-season” clothing. Whether this is because I haven’t any rich friends or because we’re all Canadian, I don’t know. Continue reading “Cleaning My Closet: off-season storage”

Cleaning My Closet: shop ‘til you drop

I have not even finished reading The Curated Closet and it has already made a difference on my shopping habits. Ordinarily I’d go to the mall and wander from store to store, randomly browsing. I’d look through the racks, flipping hangers, checking out things until I got bored with it. Try on whatever was in my hand and decide whether something looked “good enough” to buy or not. In a couple of hours of shopping, I would likely have a handful of shopping bags full of stuff. Continue reading “Cleaning My Closet: shop ‘til you drop”

Tidying Up My Life: glass houses

“The urge to point out someone else’s failure to tidy is usually a sign that you are neglecting to take care of your own space.”

My dad has what can be loosely termed as a home office in the basement. I say this because his hobby room (aka The Bear Den”) has now overflowed into the room where he keeps his books and his computer. Both rooms are nearly impossible to walk in and stuff is piled up nearly to the ceiling. I am half tempted to call him a hoarder, but the truth is I think he just doesn’t declutter. Continue reading “Tidying Up My Life: glass houses”

Tidying Up My Life: being a book hoarder

“The degree of difficulty involved in selecting what to keep and what to discard differs greatly depending on the category. People who get stuck halfway usually do so because they start with the things that are hardest to make decisions about.”

Of the many times I have tried to get my possessions tidied up, one thing continually caused me to halt in my tracks: books. I love to read and have always dreamed of having a personal library of my own. Every time I went to organize my novels the sheer volume alone was daunting, but the idea of getting rid of any was far worse. If you’re trying to build a library it just doesn’t make sense to get rid of anything, right? And it is best to have a good variety, so my friends can borrow books when they visit too…

Except, I now hate loaning out books as it takes forever —if ever!—to get them back, and I would much rather have a library filled with books I love than to keep books I won’t ever pick up again. What I really dream of is a perfectly curated shelf filled with novels I enjoy rereading with adorable trinkets that make me smile sporadically placed among them. I have serious #SHELFIEGOALS y’all. Continue reading “Tidying Up My Life: being a book hoarder”

Tidying Up My Life: energetic clothing

“Arrange your clothes so that they rise to the right.”

Being the weirdo that I am, I already had an organizational system to my closet down to the colour-coded hangers. That’s right, each clothing category had its own colour of hanger so I could immediately go to that section depending on what I wanted to wear. Each section was always in the same order and within that subsection the clothing was arranged by colour from dark to light.

However, my clothing does not and will not rise to the right as suggested by Marie Kondo. The reason for this is because my closet sucks. Continue reading “Tidying Up My Life: energetic clothing”

Tidying Up My Life: learning how to declutter

As we grow older, many of us say how school didn’t teach us how to be functioning adults. We never use some of the things we were forced to learn and there are so many things we wished we learned (doing taxes, changing a tire), that we needed a class called “Life”. Kondo says the same for tidying; it is something we have to do as humans but no one ever shows us how to do it and that is why our homes get so cluttered.

“Our parents demanded that we clean up our rooms, but they too had never been trained how to do that. When it comes to tidying, we are all self-taught.”

From personal experience I was constantly grounded for having a disorganized room. At one point my mom actually took both my brother’s and my things and threw them all outside because she couldn’t stand the clutter. She said we should have put them away when she told us to and felt justified for her actions. But the thing is, how are you supposed to put things away when there is nowhere left to actually put them?

Continue reading “Tidying Up My Life: learning how to declutter”