My KonMari Journey — ‘Komono’ — Toiletries

If the KonMari process has taught me anything, it’s that I’m not quite the minimalist I thought I was. Especially when it comes to toiletries. I mean, I knew I had a few bits and bobs, but THIS much?! Nah. Must be someone else’s stuff, ‘cause I don’t wear skincare products or make-up so I can’t possibly have that many toiletries. Can I?! Here’s the run down: “Body” consisted of shower gels, lotions, shaving stuff, hand soap, etc. Haircare was made up of shampoos, conditioners, oils, clips, bobbins, sprays, hair dryer, straightener, curling tongs, gas cylinders, grips, hair bands, brushes and… Onwards! ->

Do You Get Dressed Every Single Day?

I prefer to think of myself as “comfortable” rather than lazy. I mean, staying in pyjamas all day is just cosy, right? If I’m not leaving the house, where’s the harm in not getting dressed? And I’m sure the postman loves seeing me in my dressing gown and fluffy slippers. But a while ago, I started to notice a pattern. I’d look at the overflowing bin and think, “I can’t empty it because I’m not dressed”. Or I’d look at a pile of letters and think, “I can’t post them because I haven’t got my shoes on.” Or someone would… Onwards! ->

Don’t Let Stress Get The Best Of You

The mind is a pretty powerful thing. It can remember the tiniest of details, and the most memorable of moments. It can recall the lyrics to songs you haven’t heard since you were a child, and it can process thousands of thoughts and ideas and images every single second. It’s a well-oiled machine. Unfortunately, it can also run dry and break down. It can cause havoc with any number of your senses, and it can sometimes have difficulty remembering even the basics— from little things like where you left your keys, to big things like your children’s names. Sometimes we… Onwards! ->

May 2015 Wrap-Up

May was a very up and down month for me and, unfortunately, it ended on a bad note. The downward slide started on May 21st when Scout had to go in for her eye operation. All in all, it was a very stressful day, and one I don’t wish to repeat. Thankfully, the surgery seems to have been a success so we’re crossing our fingers that that’s an end to it. (If not, we’ve 2 more surgeries in our near future). It was an incredibly difficult experience, and it opened my eyes to the unpleasant practicalities of spending the day… Onwards! ->

What To Pack In Your Hospital Bag

My little girl went in for a minor op last week and it forced me to think about packing a hospital bag. The last time I did it, I was going in to give birth to her. Neither time was fun. But shit happens and, unfortunately, hospital stays are almost inevitable at some point in the course of your life (or the life of a loved one, ’cause you won’t necessarily always be packing a bag for yourself). While it’s unlikely to be overly enjoyable, the experience will be made much easier if you’re prepared. Like those crafty Boy Scouts — they know what’s what. And… Onwards! ->

My KonMari Journey — Paper

Paper. Ugh. There’s not much else to say, really. But you know that never stops me. 😉 (You can catch up on how I got on with the first two categories here and here.) It didn’t take me nearly as long as I thought to gather them all together (only about 20 minutes). It definitely helped that, in recent years, I’ve switched all my bills and statements to online versions. That’s cut out a massive amount of paper coming to my home every month. I’d highly recommend it! I didn’t include anything “pretty”, so scrapbook paper, cute notebooks, journaling cards,… Onwards! ->

How To Accept Yourself — Singing From A Different Hymn Sheet

My post on acceptance — something I never thought I’d write but, in the end, my heart had other plans — turned out to be one of the most popular to date. And, while I strongly urge everyone to read it, it occurs to me that this is a “How to…” site and that, if I’m doling out demands like ‘accept yourself’, I need to be backing it up with practical advice. For most people, I think, acceptance isn’t something that comes naturally. It usually has to be worked at, and it’s an ongoing process. I went through a period in… Onwards! ->

My KonMari Journey — Books

My love of reading began at a very young age. My mother found a copy of Roald Dahl’s “The BFG” lying in the road as she was on her way home one day, so she picked it up for me. It’s my earliest memory of being completely immersed in a book, and it launched a lifelong love of Roald Dahl. I still have it, and I still delve into it every few years, just to re-live some of the magic. I’ve always been a bit of a bookworm, and loved my weekly trips to the library as a kid. Then… Onwards! ->

How To Make Your Budget Accurate & Effective

A basic budget is important for any household that isn’t rolling in more money than sense. I recently shared a quick guide to how I do it but I thought today I would share a bit more information to help you become financially frugal. After all, drawing up a budget is, in itself, easy enough. But how do you arrive at the total spend figures for each category without having to resort to guesswork? There’s no point allocating €50 for groceries if you’re currently spending €200. The answer is tracking. You have to track your income and expenditure for a… Onwards! ->

My KonMari Journey — Clothes

Completing category one of the KonMari Method -- 'clothes'. Rounds one AND two.

I’ve finished the ‘Clothing’ category of the KonMari Method (read my intro post if you don’t know what the KonMari Method is) and thought I’d give you an update. Long story short: It sucked… but was totally worth it. But now for the long story… 😉 Calling it ‘clothing’ was perhaps slightly misleading, seeing as it involved not just items of clothing but also socks, underwear, swimwear, workout gear, belts, hats, gloves, scarves, shoes, and bags. (I also included jewellery.) Basically, anything that you might wear as part of an outfit. KonMari sub-category: Items of clothing (tops, bottoms, hanging clothes) I… Onwards! ->