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Spring Cleaning

SLEEP, sweet, sweet, glorious, sleep. Lately baby has been sleeping through the night once in a while, and oh my God, I feel like a new person. I’m itching to get so many things done. And fresh starts usually means getting rid of the old as well, a new haircut, a clean desk… feeling new.

I’m not about to go full KonMari on all of my things, but my goal is to get rid of a lot of clutter. Confession: my parents are borderline hoarders. They can’t let go of anything, or  bear to donate anything that might be useful in the future. I’m lucky enough that I don’t worry about running out of food or clothes. I take care of my things (I finally got rid of 15 year old socks, that were still good, just this year) so they last a very long time. Unfortunately, that means even if I buy very little, things accumulate.

Maybe my goal of a clean, minimal space is partly rebellion.

I don’t have a huge space to take care of, so my goal is to clean out one cabinet or dresser a day until the end of the month. That seems doable even with a busy schedule. I’m going to get rid of the clothes that I don’t really wear, or doesn’t fit, because after the baby, my body isn’t the same. I’m not the same either.

Oh, and meal planning. I’m back in the office, so I might take a cue from my friend Lisa and do some customizable meal prep. I like a lot of her other ideas too. We all need more downtime and less structured time.

I don’t want to live my life chained to a giant to-do list that never ends (the truth is, some days it feels like it). There has to be time for spontaneity, friends, reading books, cups of tea, and watching movies. It feels even more important now that I’ve got a kid who is endlessly occupying whenever she’s awake.

Fresh starts. Feels good so far.

-T

ALSO, for some reason I can’t stop looking at this: How to fold your clothes. 

7 Comments

  1. Yes! One of my daily to-do items is “get rid of one thing” because just like you, I don’t acquire much yet take good care of everything so it ends up accumulating anyway. And I don’t want to be a slave to my things in any way. De-cluttering is SUCH a joy. Even if it’s just throwing away a pen that doesn’t work anymore.

    Glad you’re getting some rest! I know for me that’s like the key to life. I dread having a child that doesn’t sleep well…

    1. T. S. Bazelli Author

      It is a joy! A relief to look at a nice clean space too 🙂

      My co-worker told me, you always get one good thing when you have a baby: a good eater, or a good sleeper, or a non-fussy baby etc. but that makes up for the rest you don’t get. LOL I got a really good eater, but a really poor sleeper. All’s fair.

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