So with Covid we are all going a little bonkers. Our usual respites are exhausted. Cleaning the home becomes something you want to do just because it is something to do. I am a pretty sparse person. I need to be able to lift my own furniture which basically results in me owning very tiny things - spoons and such.
I used to travel to Northern Ontario for work a few years back on a contract. I would come home for a few days do my laundry, wonder about my sanity and fly back. My home was like a kitchen at a Burger King, no clutter, everything in it's place.
My wardrobe that year was basically anything that matched navy blue. I threw out a lot of things that year (while packing to go). I have always found travelling to be that way for me - I review everything before I go so that when I come back it's like I am recreated. Or at least in a vacuumed home with no fungi suprises.
Covid had me doing the Marie Kondo thing. I didn't really do it the correct way because if I did I would throw everything out. So, had to kind of work around that. I did go through everything though. Watched the videos. The videos where this one woman was going through her shoes was very helpful. She struggled and struggled over some shoes that were just completely tired and worn out. I was like are you kidding me those shoes are dead. I found that inspired me to make decisions. I ended up buying new shoes. Oh one thing I noticed that I got rid of a bit of stuff and almost with 48 hours replaced all of it. So, it's not very intelligent. I don't know, it goes back to the giving up sugar and then picking up a bad habit of Starbucks Hot Chocolates with 40 grams of sugar without the whip cream. It's like you fix one thing and then break another.
However, I did send off some very beautiful mauve (purple not blue) suede shoes that I bought I think at Cole Hahn in San Francisco. I just can't walk in them. They look great. My toes are just too squished together no matter what I do.
I went to the doctor today and I lost 10 lbs since last year. I wonder if now that I know that I will gain it all back. Apparently, my BMI is 1.24 which is perfect for my size. However, I did look it up and that is the higher end of the threshold, so I must have been off the normal threshold last year. Anyhow, thank you anxiety - there is something to be said for that.
Where was I....The Marie Kondo method is basically if it isn't sparking joy, then give it a big sweet hug and say adios. I have to say this is a wonderful attitude to have in life with everything. Seriously everything - especially people. When at my wit's end and I can not fold up the person I am talking to to fit into my life well just give them a big fat kiss and move on to something else you can fold and fit on your shelf.
The reason I am writing about the above is today I went to Value Village. I am currently outfitting myself for downhill skiing from scratch. It's overwhelming. I was told I could find ski pants for 1/20th the price so I went to Value Village. I walked in there it was amazing, tons of Christmas stuff and glasses and blah blah blah, I was like wow who needs to shop anywhere else. I tried on several pairs of ski pants. I was thinking that Value Village is like the antidote to Christmas Shopping. All of this stuff that people just get rid of. I was thinking it's like if you want to watch your spending habits any time really just go there, it's like I don't know the junk yard of lots of stuff that somebody bought and decided to pass on. Kind of like my closet but a million times bigger. Marie Kondo would be like see you don't need stuff you don't love. Which I am hoping will include all of my new ski stuff. I did buy new ski gloves. I am thinking that those will be my new best friends.