Monday, March 31, 2014

Day 90: Rubber Monsters

... in mini.

They were given to me with a purchase at a supermarket.
They stick to surfaces.

Thank you and Goodbye!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Day 89: Carolina's Clutter

For the coming days I will take a closer look at Caolina's things,
which are mainly clothes and toys.

A purple girls' curduroy in size 98
I got second-hand from a neighbour
in Cologne in 2008.
Clara never wore it.
Carolina doesn't wear it.

I'll start packing a new charity box.
Thank you and Goodbye!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Day 88: Espresso Maker

Don't put your espresso maker into the dishwasher.

Your shiny espresso maker will come out
aluminium oxidized.
That can't be healthy.

Thank you for all those Italian moments
and Goodbye!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Day 87: Ek Ong Kar

... means God and me are one.

It is a symbol similar to the Om sign
and a main mantra of the Sikh religion
and Kundalini Yoga.

I bought this Ek Ong Kar symbol in Amritsar in 2009, 
on a visit to the Golden Temple,
after completing my Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh.

It stood on my altar ever since
and fell down a couple of weeks ago.
And even though it feels blasphemous
to declutter this piece,
I know in my heart
that God and me are still one.

Thank you for enriching my life,
living nearer to my true self
and Goodbye!
(maybe rebirth?)

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Day 86: Sexy Chill Out

... this CD came with a women's magazine 
that I used for a collage recently (here).
Not my kind of music.
No sexy and chill out around here.

No, Thank you and Goodbye!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Day 85: Pause and Savour

This decluttering thing is getting hard, I can tell you. Today I roamed about the whole house to find a book I could declutter. And found none. Love them all, want to keep them all. But that's what this decluttering project is about in the long run, it is not the decluttering and getting rid of, but living with the things you love.

I only stumbled over one left balloon.
(forgot here)

But I can show you something.
Remember the decluttered shoes?

That space looks like this now:

Hubby's idea and manifestation.

Let's see what if there is something to declutter tomorrow.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Day 84: Craft like in the GDR

This is a craft book for children I had while growing up in Eastern Germany,
given to me by my mother:

Actually it is not the original from my childhood, but one that I ordered second-hand from Amazon out of a nostalgic mood. Only to realize when it arrived, that we had the original in Clara's room - my mother had kept the original and had given it to Clara.

So I never unwrapped the ordered book and maybe anyone of you is interested in that book - I will give it away. Just leave a comment.

Thank you for filling that little girl with a love for craft years ago
and Goodbye!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Day 83: Sleep like a Baby

This week: books.

This book is about the Ferber method of sleep training for babies. I bought it at a church charity shop for a couple of cents, out of pure curiosity. Being an advocate of attachment parenting and co-sleeping I just wanted to know the arguments of the Ferberizers. And then this book just stayed in my baby books library, like an alien element.

There is only one place for this book: trash.
Or even better: paper recycling,
will make great toilet paper.

Thank you for strengthening my attitude towards parenting
and Goodbye!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Day 82: Birdie

This badminton birdie has been lying on exactly the same spot on the way to our house for months now. I don't know from where it has flewn, I guess, it belonged to the neighbours' kids. Tattered.


Saturday, March 22, 2014

Day 81: Rest of the Garage

Hubby sorted through the odds and ends in the garage
and presented me this:

Thank you and Goodbye!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Day 80: Don't come back!

A boomerang with a broken wing.

I don't know where you came from
or where you will go in the end,
but this will be no return flight.

Thank you and Goodbye!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Day 79: Spring Break

On this first day of spring this tattered pinwheel can go.
Thank you and Goodbye!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Day 78: Thank-you Flower

My yoga students sometimes give me tea, 
chocolates or flowers as thank-you-gifts, 
which overwhelms me every time.

A couple of weeks ago I got a flower 
from a gardener in my prenatal class.

The baby is now born
and the flower has given us joy.

Thank you and Goodbye!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Day 77: Screws

Also found in the garage,
lying on a locker:

Don't know where they came from
or what they belonged to.
Not reusable.

Thank you and Goodbye!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Day 76: Poison

Off to the garage this week!
I found something there I have not expected.

Flavour enhancer.
Basically monosodium glutamate.
Can cause brain damage.

Must have come from a visit from my parents,
my father likes to put it in his cooking.

The container is quite soaked through
and goes straight to residual waste.

No, Thank you and Goodbye!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Day 75: Samples

This week I did something I usually don't do.
I bought women's magazines.
But not to read, but to tear apart.
And to paint over.
For this muse collage here.

These cosmetic samples from the magazines
 can't go into the paper recycling:

And they won't go onto my skin, either.
I am quite happy with my skin care products.

No, Thank you and Goodbye!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Day 74: Paintbrush

Always wash out your paintbrush when you work with acrylic paint.

Or it becomes stiff and useless.

Thank you and Goodbye!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Day 73: Live your Dream

I found this in my purse today
(actually Carolina went through my purse
in this morning's mama & baby yoga class):

The calender is outdated.
The message always up-to-date.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Day 71: A Bucket

With the start of the outdoor season forgotten clutter makes its reappearance.
We opened Carolina's sandpit.

This little violett bucket was part of a set
we bought for Carolina on Mallorquin vacation last fall.
It only survived a dog attack on a playground
back home bruised and battered.

Thank you for the fun
Carolina had playing with water and sand
and Goodbye!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Day 70: Rust

About a month ago I bought a shiny palette knife for painting.
Then it somehow disappeared.
The other day Clara inspected the sink in our bathroom
and found something stuck in the drain.

Aforementioned palette knife.
Now quite weathered.
With sharp rusty edges.

Thank you for your short but inspiring painting life
and Farewell!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Day 69: Safe Sound

Today I say goodbye to those earplugs from last night's concert.
Thank you for protecting my ears
yet making me totally enjoy the sound.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Day 68: Hubby declutters

Hubby is having a major 
decluttering, cleaning and rearranging fit today.
Nothing I object to.

Do you want to take a picture?
he asked me.

Two pair of shoes
of Hubby's
(old running and too tight ones)
and a glittery cap
that Clara doesn't wear.

And I am curious about the other changes in the room.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Day 67: Oh no!

What a waste of plastic this is:

A little floss and so much extra waste.
Goodbye to those annoying things
that get stuck in all bathroom boxes!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Day 66: Shower & Bath

The bathroom is such a declutter depository.

This sample expired even before Carolina was born.
September 2011.


Thursday, March 6, 2014

Day 65: Watercolours

The girls like to paint.
And they have experienced
that some paints are better than others.
Even two-year-old Carolina asks
for "her watercolours"-
Pelikan, great quality.

We have another set of watercolours:

 Or we had until today.

The pigmentation of these paints is so low,
that Carolina refuses to paint with them
(for the painting on the picture she used the good ones).

Thank you for another lesson in quality
and Goodbye!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Day 64: Quick Bathroom-Chuck-Out

The last quick bathroom decluttering is only a month ago (here),
but it seems that this is an on-going project.
I found this in my (!) box:

 an English (or American) kids' toothpaste 
I have no idea where that came from

dental floss sticks
Hubby might have bought for Clara
after a dentist's appointment
(nobody uses them,
they just lie scattered)

ok, and a cosmetics sample
probably intended for me
but expired 12/2012


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Day 63: Toothbrushes

Our toothbrush mug got crowded recently.
Six toothbrushes for three people
that shared that mug
(Clara, Carolina and me).

I showed Hubby the toothbrushes 
and he also had no idea 
where the other three came from.


Goodbye guys!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Day 62: Yoga and Medicine

In November 2010 I taught my first yoga weekend retreat.
The day before the retreat I lost my voice
and on the day it started
I came down with a fever 
and an all-over feeling of disease.
Cancelling the retreat was not an option.

I usually don't take medication
(not even homoepathic),
but on that November day 
I sent Hubby off to the pharmacy:
"Get me the strongest thing that they have,
the main thing is that it works!"

I taught that weekend in a kind of haze,
but I taught it.
Under a continous flow of Aspirin Complex.
My body suffered for the rest of November
with a delayed flu.

That last sachet I dicovered
in the bathroom the other day. 
Expired 6/2012.

Thank you for supporting my career
and Goodbye!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Day 61: Mallorquin Shortbread

No Sunday's cake today ...

... but this last leftover from our Mallorca vacation in the fall.
Those little shortbreads called Polvorón
come in a variety of flavours
like cocoa, coconut or almond.
Just this olive-flavoured one nobody wanted.

Thank you last holiday-reminder
and Goodbye!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Day 60: No Make-up

A kids' make-up set my mother once gave to Clara.
Sorry Mama, it has to go.
The colours are of such a poor quality.

 But I'll keep the pink box
for paper scraps.

Thank you and Goodbye!