Sunday, December 29, 2013

A Clean Desk

Decluttering is addictive, I can tell you. This shortly before the turn of the year, I just don't want to take all these little messes into 2014. There will be still enough to take care of, so I took the chance of the little mess of the little Miss.

This desk was very unnerving every time I walked into Clara's room. It's been like this for a while and it is still school holidays, but honestly who wants to sit and work at such a desk? The problem for Clara was: where to start? From Magic Cleaning I learned this strategy:

Take everything off the desk -

and on the floor.

A big heap of pens, drawings, books, cards, wool, pearls, school stuff, horse paraphernalia, sea shells and all kind of knick-knacks a seven-year-old-girl amasses.

Clara: "I didn't know it was so much!"
(typical amazement according to Magic Cleaning)

And then declutter. Take every item into your hand and evaluate it. I did it together with Clara, what she liked, needed and wanted to keep. Some things went onto her bookshelves, but a lot of paper and bits and pieces went into the trash. 

What was left on the desk?

Mostly things for drawing and writing.

Free space, fresh ideas.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Declutter Countdown

Honestly, I can't wait for the decluttering to start (4 more days!). I have checked respective cluttered areas and I am itching to stick my fingers into these little messes. Meanwhile I am warming up with these finger exercises:

 Getting rid of Christmas decoration

Some things go into the bin and other things go into the Christmas box in the basement (decluttering deadline: 1 December 2014).

Annual closure of my yoga business

Being a self-employed Kundalini yoga teacher, I write everything concerning my business into a book (course outlines, registration, inspirations).

The book of 2013 is full.
A fresh pink book for 2014.

Speaking about finances. 
My purse needed some decluttering from all these old receipts.

For the last days I also diligently decluttered my now soon-to-be-six-year-old-trusty-loyal-laptop. We had a good time together, but it makes strange noises now and it misses two keys. And I know a certain seven-year-old-girl who will be more than happy about a passed-down laptop. I deleted a whole lot of files and programs and what was keep-worthy went onto an external hard disc drive and CDs.

I look forward to working together in 2014.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Getting Ready

I am reading right now this bestseller by Japanese professional declutterer Marie Kondo (will also be released in English in April 2014, see here). You can always use a little magic with cleaning (remember Mary Poppins?), don't you? Will it be life-changing like the English title promises? Do I want that?

While reading, I changed my original plan of letting-go-of-one-thing-per-day. Marie Kondo doesn't advocate the "one-thing-a-day"-tactic and I want to keep my options open and try different decluttering approaches. I can get rid of one thing or more, whatever I feel like. This project is supposed to be fun.