April 22, 2017

Love Letters: The Ination

            Heyyyy, kids!

            For those of you who are anxiously awaiting my continuation of my KonMari journey narrative (all of you imaginary people who care deeply about housecleaning?) I’m afraid you’re going to have to wait a bit longer. Through the entire month of April, I am participating in Camp Nanowrimo, which is a more flexible version of November’s Nanowrimo event. I learned pretty quickly that I am incapable of writing 800+ words of a novel a day and decluttering my home in the same month. I will return to my KonMari journey in May.

            Until then, I figured right now was an excellent time to launch an idea I’ve been bouncing around in my head for a good long time: Love Letters. In case you couldn’t tell by my intensely long-winded posts about films, fictional characters, music, psychology, sex, and whatever else happens to be on my mind, I am a wee bit prone to obsession. I am also more than a wee bit prone to romanticizing the hell out of a few of my obsessions. These obsessions have made a huge impact on my life. They inspire me, challenge my preconceived notions, or have even shaped me into who I am today. Because I am a firm believer in voicing my gratitude, I can think of no better way to do so than to write “love letters” to these pieces of art, events, and communities that have helped me become the half-crazed and happy little freak I am today.

            Without further ado, I would like to start with perhaps the single biggest influence on my adult (such as I am) life: The Ination.

Dear The Ination:

AKA: My Neverland, My Lost Boys Treehouse, my Twisted Little Family, and, of course, my Beloved Darkling Throng.

March 29, 2017

On Bullet Journaling

All right, guys, I’m going to level with you. Last week, my great KonMari journey hit a bit of a roadblock, and that roadblock was: I KonMaried my kitchen with absolutely no inner conflict, amusing anecdotes, or great revelation.

Soooo…I can’t write about how I just cleaned out my kitchen, and it took 30 minutes, and now my pantry looks great. I mean, I get that these KonMari posts are on a dull subject anyway, and that’s part of the humour, but, come on.

So this week, I’m going to take a diversion and talk about another basic suburban Pinterest mom trend I’ve become obsessed with…bullet journaling.

March 20, 2017

Book Bonanza! (...sorry): Dee's KonMari Adventure

            When I tell people in my life that I’m doing an extreme form of decluttering, I am typically met with one of two responses: “Cool!” and “Oh, God I need to do that so badly.”

            I think that we Americans are well aware of our issues with owning more than we actually need. We know that our basements, closets, and storage lockers are stuffed with things that are unnecessary. When we do dig in and finally do the work to sift through our countless items, and we dump garbage bags full of the things we bought to donation stations, we feel a sense of accomplishment, rather than loss. We know that we have done a good thing for ourselves by getting rid of excess crap.

            I have found that this awareness is hurled out the window when it comes to books.

March 11, 2017

Clothing Chaos: Dee's KonMari Adventure

           It has begun!

           Last Sunday (because after saying that Monday was my consistent day off, I got called into work…) I took the plunge and began my #KonMari journey to tidiness, organization, balance and ultimate joy…barf. Okay, I don’t know about that, but I certainly cleaned the shit out of my clothing collection.