I’ve been feeling unmotivated in this little mission, so it’s time to go back to the “why.” My full list is in a notebook at the office, and I’m not going in tomorrow so the full re-read will have to wait until Thursday. But I did go back and read the abbreviated version in my post. And it helps.
Tomorrow’s schedule will be wacky, but I’d like to do one thing. I think maybe it will be cleaning out one bin in the pantry. Or if tomorrow is overwhelming, it will be cleaning out one pantry door basket. A step is a step, no matter how small.
Today we built the fort. Not out of snow, but out of blankets on the second day of being cooped up for snow. All was well until the dog let out a horrible, fort-clearing fart and then just walked off. Really, though, it was a lot of fun and a great way to spend the day not watching television.
Next I think it’s back to some of the lists and articles for further inspiration moving forward. Maybe tomorrow I can complete one of the small clearing projects on the list.
I’m not sure that I took any baby steps today, but I did enjoy a snowy Saturday with my family, made a big pot of hearty vegetable soup, and crocheted a hat. I’ll take it.
Earlier this week I read a couple of articles by Gretchen Rubin, one about knowing your own “tell” that indicates when you’re stressed or anxious, and one about “comfort food” for the mind–something you can do to ease your mind in those times. For Rubin they are one and the same. This article isn’t exactly what I read before, but it’s a good summary of the two ideas.
I really love the idea of “comfort food” reading, or a grounding ritual of any type. When I’m in a tumultuous place, I listen to country music, especially the songs of the 1990s and early 2000s. And like Rubin, I do some re-reading, too.
I already had it in my mind this week to begin reading some of the books that have been patiently waiting on our shelves for who knows how long. As a way to prevent new clutter from entering the house, and also as a way to save some money, it makes sense to enjoy what is already free to us.
So I have begun to re-read The Hobbit. It almost feels like a first reading, because it has been 20 years since I read it. But I have seen the movies more recently, which helps to jog my memory on the details.
There are other things on my reading list that feel more formational or “good,” but one of the things I love about the “comfort food” concept is that, as in the kitchen, these comforting choices are not meant to be the most nutritious.
They can still be as nourishing as that first bite of mac n’ cheese. Mmm.
Today I paid a bill and went to a yoga class.
I also have noticed I’m starting to do some things more habitually–putting the mail in one place and leaving my shoes in the closet instead of all over the house.
Thoughts and plans are still swirling.
As I work toward a mindset of minimalism, and especially as we start this year on a budget, I’m realizing one of the things I most need to reframe is my idea of treating myself.
As it turns out, I am pretty awesome. In fact, I rock so hard that I often deserve treats of all kinds, most often in the form of special foods, but sometimes impulse buys of other kinds. (I hope you read all that in my sarcasm font.) It’s easy to justify these expenses, even though they are often a drain on my bank account and a source of additional clutter in my life.
So how can I reward myself (all of that awesomeness cannot go unnoticed, of course) without cash? It turns out, there are a number of bloggers out there who have faced the same question. It only took about 30 seconds to put together a nice selection:
I’ve only read one so far, and although it seems it was clearly written by and for someone without kids, there were enough good ideas to get the wheels turning.
To round out today’s small step of rewarding research, I just pampered my hands with the Mary Kay Satin Hands set. (My mom is a consultant.) It’s almost as good as going to bed with shaved legs and clean sheets. Aaahhh…