Category #2: Books! 📚

I read the ‘how to tidy up your books’ section in Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy. And in case you’re wondering if you should read both books, I would say no. The latter has how-to drawings (and the first one doesn’t), but I don’t think it gives you any more insight into the theory than the first book. And her videos on YouTube will give you better instructions than the drawings anyway.

And also, just a heads up, her book is also very touchy-feely. In fact, I think her whole approach is very touchy-feely. So if you’re not like this and want practical tips on how to tidy your home, then this book ain’t for you. You’re not going to get much of that from her! 😆

The book ‘Outer Order, Inner Calm‘ is on my to-read list, and I think this would have more practical tips, if this is more your style.

But this 8-week challenge is all about Marie Kondo’s approach – the KonMari method – and I’m going to give it my very best. I wonder just how effective this will be after 8 weeks, and whether I will indeed stay nice and tidy, and not relapse and go back to my old ways.

I actually don’t have many paper books, so this category is actually really easy. It’s the next few categories that I am going to really struggle with, in particular, papers and hobbies. These are really difficult categories for me to tackle. And I’m sure a few other miscellaneous categories are also going to be pretty hard. And I’m already dreading getting to the final category: sentimental items! 😩

My Friday reality and weekend expectations

I felt better today, thankfully, almost back to my normal self again 🙏

N went to a workmate’s place for dinner tonight, so I just stayed home and filmed my next YouTube video 😆 And then I watched YouTube videos on how to level up my colour grading skills. Not quite how one would usually spend a Friday evening, but such is my life now! 😂

I think the weather also isn’t helping my mood or my productivity. It’s been foggy and overcast the last few days, with the threat of a shower actually delivering the goods once or twice. But generally, it’s just been grey and miserable. And apparently the weekend is pretty much bringing more of the same 😒 So neither of us really want to do anything tomorrow. How blah. So I might just stay home and start working on my 8-week tidying up challenge. OK, not start, since technically I started it last week, but continue. And get started on the next category: books 📚

My closet has been great, by the way. Everything has a home (or a temporary home, while they wait for their permanent home – ie I need to go shopping 😊), and I put everything back in its rightful place at the end of each day. I want the same thing with everything else in the house! So if I can achieve that with my books this weekend, that would be so awesome 😊

My new challenge

I didn’t have the most productive day today. I just wasn’t in the right headspace 😔 I really wanted to do more stuff, but I just didn’t have the willpower. Sighhh…

N and I were also hearing negativity around us, which didn’t help matters. Sighhh… This is one of many reasons why I don’t like giving out negativity into the universe. If someone is already down, you’re just going to compound that feeling and make them feel worse. I don’t want to be a source of negativity. I want to be a source of inspiration, of motivation. But I, too, have down days, so it’s not always easy. But I try 😊

I’m thinking of doing this 8-week decluttering challenge set by Marie Kondo. It’s a tad longer than my 30-day splits challenge, but I’m sure she made the daily tasks bite-size and totally doable. Plus week one sounds really fun and easy 😆 I totally go into these decluttering sessions with guns blazing, but then six months later, I fall back into my old habits, and the house looks almost exactly the same as it did before I did the decluttering session 😔 I say ‘almost’ because I do improve incrementally each time. But it’s never as neat and tidy as straight after the decluttering session. So if I do a full-on 8-week deep dive, then maybe I can actually change my habits during those 8 weeks and actually see long-lasting results. Maybe… 🤞

And as per my one-word theme for the year, you may as well just do it and see what happens! Much like my 30-day splits challenge, sure I didn’t get all the way down to the floor, but I’m so much closer to the floor now than I’ve ever been my entire life. And now that I have a new daily stretching habit, I may actually eventually reach this goal too! But I won’t know unless I keep stretching every day and keep pushing myself. I’m definitely going to keep tracking this goal and see where I am at the end of 90 days, and then after 180 days – a whole half year of stretching! 😱 Much like so many things in life, if you just keep working at it consistently, more often than not, you will see progress. That’s what I’m hoping for with these stretches and with this 8-week challenge 😊

Organising

I started decluttering my closet today, based on the KonMari method in Marie Kondo’s book “The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up”. Someone recommended this book to me last year, and now I use her method to stay on top of my stuff. Living in SG where apartments are tiny, I’ve become much better at not hoarding so much stuff. But if you don’t keep on top of it, the crap just seems to creep in on you throughout the year. So I always use the end of the year to declutter and do a massive clean out of our stuff. It’s tough to let go of some stuff sometimes, but you just have to be honest with myself. In fact, because I’ve been using her method a bit more consistently throughout the year, I have noticed that my big decluttering event this year isn’t so big compared to previous years! If anything, it’s more about cleaning inside the cupboards rather than decluttering what is inside them! So that’s a huge improvement already 😀

We had our Ballroom lesson tonight. Neither of us could recall a single thing about our previous lesson, omg. So I have vowed to write down notes after EVERY SINGLE lesson next year, because this is just ridiculous, and honestly a waste of money if we can’t even remember a single thing from that previous lesson. And even today’s lesson felt like it was just a refresher of stuff that he has been telling us all year. Omg. Much like with not dropping my phone, I need to make a tick box in my Bullet Journal next year specifically for this. If it’s in my Bullet Journal, there is a higher probability that it will get done. That Journal is doing wonders to my productivity. I wish I had it years ago! In fact, I wish I had come up with the idea myself!

Have I raved about my Bullet Journal (or BuJo for short) yet? I have a feeling I haven’t. This link takes you to the creator’s web page, which introduces people to the concept and gives people a few tips on how to use their own BuJos. There are BuJo enthusiasts in the social media world, and they have taken the pretty simple BuJo idea to a whole new level. I use it more to organise my life more than anything else, but I do try and incorporate some more creative pages in there to keep the cogs turning in a different way 😊 I’ll have to post a few shots from my new BuJo when I start it in the New Year.