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22 Feb 2012

space and possibilities



I've been simplifying and simplifying for some time now. If you know me, you know that I was serious when I began simplifying my books.

And there's nothing like moving house or packing suitcases to make a simplifier get even seriouser. (Dr Seuss says it's a word!)

I'm no spartan. I enjoy beauty. I embrace cosiness. But I just want less and less. What I do keep I want it to make me happy or pampered, be of use, or for it to hold treasured memories.

Moving country 4 years ago was the perfect opportunity to pare right down. Packing and having a crazy abode issue this year (more on that later) means that stuff, whilst often making us comfortable and creating smiles, can also make our literal and life journeys more cumbersome.

Sure it's about clearing away unhelpful clutter, feeling lighter and clearer,

but also, it's about creating space...

... for possibilities we may never have considered.



read: i didn't know about peta's tactics
taste: almost zero sugar
see: utterly horrid word verification - info here and here, and a removal tutorial
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feel: a desire for busyness

32 comments:

  1. One of the best things I read this week has been this quote from a Buddhist monk that kid of relates to your craving for both spartan living and busyness: "My actions are my only true possessions." Happy simplifying Monica! XO

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  2. I know exactly what you mean! I've been going through a phase where I want to rid myself of things that we don't really need and to only keep that which is beauty and comfort.

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  3. I hear you. I have another move and another big decluttering project ahead of me. and I can't wait!

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    1. i'm suprised that you have much to declutter, what with your moving. but i guess it happens no matter how often we move or how small the place. lol

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  4. I am trying my best. It never works. Things suddenly takes over and then I get complitely mad and through ( or give most of it away) ... and then start all over again!

    some people never learn ;)

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  5. yey! I managed to post a comment on your blog!!!

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  6. I feel a sense of health & wealth, the less I have.

    a sense shared: soft furryness.... whilst petting a feline child named Odin on my desk ;-)

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    1. it's funny how we can feel wealthier with less!

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  7. I find it so liberating to clear up space around me... it almost feels like I am making space in my head too.

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  8. Less is definitely more in my book, I think along the lines of just enough for the journey, the rest only weights you down!

    Sue x

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  9. Monica, with this move, I have donated over 6 bags worth of stuff, 2 of which were books! It is just amazing how much stuff that people can have. I think I need a "thing" purge...

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    1. it really is amazing. i'm not a materialistic person and live budget conscious, and yet there is always something to purge!

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  10. I love to simplify and clear out. But it is really strange, that within days I am somehow swamped with stuff again. I am starting to think that's my natural condition of life. My dreams of minimalism are fading...

    Thats a beautiful notebook by the way, in the picture.

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    1. sweet isn't it?

      i wonder why it's so significant as SWAMPING! perhaps your stuff breeds ;)

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  11. I've been in a similar place for the past year or so, emptying shelves and opening boxes, curating my belongings again and again and again in the hope of feeling lighter so I can progress on the journey. There's still a long way to go, but I'm starting to see a difference...

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    1. hi Uma. it's a wonderful feeling when you start to see the difference isn't it?

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  12. Space does allow wonderful new possibilities and opportunities. I have gone through my book collection multiple times over the past few years -- they really are the hardest to give away. My solution now is to use the library, so I'm not as tempted to hold onto things.

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  13. Hello my dear Mon. Simplicity is underrated. Not only do you clear your environment, but it clears you thoughts too (I think so anyway). Space to wander and to think. And as you say... space for possibilities. :)

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  14. I envy your ability to simplify. I've moved 6 times in the last 5 years, and though I have definitely cut down on my clutter, I feel that there's just so much more I could cut out. it's hard, really, to be so sentimental.

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  15. I'm not even moving (yet!) but I need to purge and simplify. My problem is my home is filled with sooooo many things that belonged to great grandparents and great great aunts, I'll never be able to let them go. But, there are many other things I should get rid of.

    PETA is repulsive, aren't they?

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    1. oh yeah, passed down stuff like that is wonderful to keep. i guess it must be difficult if you have something like that but don't really want it. finding another loving home for it is a solution i suppose.

      yes they are unfortunately, i had no idea. just not exposed to their ads.

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  16. I know that this is not exactly what you mean, and I am not sure that I could live with such a modern look in my home, but here is a link to something along the lines of simplifying that you might find interesting/entertaining. If you haven't yet seen it, it is a fun little clip: http://www.oprah.com/world/Oprah-Tours-a-Typical-Home-in-Copenhagen-Denmark-Video

    My boyfriend with whom I live, finds joy in hanging on to many little mementos...ticket stubs, for example. I am trying to find balance within our two different comfort zones. I've explained that when there is clutter in my home, my mind becomes cluttered as well. He really seems to understand that thought, so...the simplifying continues!!

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    1. yeah, my home is rustic and cosy, definitely not minimalist. thanks for the link though, fun to watch these things.

      i think sentimental trinkets are sweet, and they can be uncluttered if kept in simple boxes, rather than say in drawers looking messy and annoying lol. then, over the years, you can go through them and decide which aren't that important afterall. that's a good compromise. ;)

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    2. I second Mon's suggestion about the compromise!
      I also second what you wrote in this post, Mon. :)
      It's lovely to be back.
      Ronnie xo

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  17. Wish you the best with this project. Making space allows for a clearer head, I find. It's an ongoing thing of mine too...simplifying, organizing, making space, etc. Now if I could just get the bf to simplify (i.e. get rid of) his belongings...

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  18. ~we have been on much the same path as of late...i guess this is true...hehehe...i gave up sugar a few months ago starting with my coffee...i added cinnamon instead and i love every spicy warm sip!!! its not easy but definitely full of rewards!!!

    decluttering has been on ongoing event in our home these past two years...hence TWO...its amazing when you open your eyes and realize how much you have accquired yet never used...never found lasting enjoyment from...it gives a whole new perspective as to how you spend or collect...far from a horder but very much a collector of things i adore...yet it is in all these things that has caused me much stress of cleaning...we have been creating spaces and recreating spaces over and over...but alas...a huge movemnet is coming for us...and i am afraid to embark on such adventure...

    a new roof needs to be done which entails getting everything out of our attic...i can only imagine the treasures that will be found...its been almost 8 years since it was all put up there...then ceilings will be scraped which means each room has to be cleared...so much of my february has been releasing the old that we have carried to make way for a much cleaner more peaceful space when all is complete...

    may you create spaces that nourish your body mind and spirit...much love light and blessings always shining brightly upon you and yours~

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  19. Ooh, love this post. You know I've been on this path myself for the past few yars. It's funny how stuff bredds though. The more you declutter and take away, the more you find to give away... or craft with lol, which then goes into a whole different category of clutter lol. Kids stuff breed the worst I find. Especially with the amount of drawing my little one does. Yet I'm quiet ruthless. I need to blog on that sometime.

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    1. Ok, so I obviously need to proof-read my comments before I post lol.

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  20. I think that is the most important part about de-cluttering and simplifying one's life: Creating space for the unexpected. I simplify quite often, but right now my life is in a transition period and I am keeping 2 worlds moving. I am going to scale that down in June, but of course I need to do the prep work for that now.

    I hope you love your simplified love, but then again, I don't think that anyone who has undergone that transformation has ever not loved it.

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