I like listening to Mo Gawdat’s podcasts and quite by chance I stumbled upon one about minimalism. His guest was Courtney Carver who launched a blog Be More With Less in 2010 and is now one of the top bloggers in the world on the subject of minimalism.
I haven’t checked out her blog yet but I did listen to the whole podcast and she talked about putting things out of sight if you’re not sure what to do with them. I loved these words that she said…
Don’t pressure yourself if it feels too hard to let go. Instead, I recommend boxing things up and getting it out of sight because when you are not looking at it all the time, you really break the connection.Courtney Carver, on Mo Gawdat’s podcast
When I take a box of items out into the garage I already know that it’s on its way out, but it gives me time to break the connection with it and this makes it easier to let go. I felt so much better after listening to both of them talking and it’s made me think very differently about the remaining stuff around the house.
Christmas is nearly here
I had to work until mid-afternoon but then I got into the Christmas spirit and continued with the wrapping with the girls and getting the table ready for our evening meal of pork butties and chips. My husband had been slow roasting the pork all day and I popped out to get some chips from the chip shop. We had a sneaky glass of wine with it.
By early evening everything was cleared in the dining room and I really don’t know why I’ve left it so long to move all of the stuff out of the way. The white Christmas tree looks so much better there than the junk. It really is easy to break the attachment to things once they are out of sight.
It’s funny… now that the stuff isn’t by the back door and with most of downstairs clear, it feels like someone else’s house. Once everything was wrapped and under the tree in the lounge and a few more decorations had been put up in the hallway, it felt Christmassy. This allowed us time to watch Elf which is a lovely family film. I fell asleep half way through as usual!
I still have some bits and pieces to do before tomorrow and I really want that soak in the bath that I didn’t get a chance to do last night due to falling asleep on the sofa.
That just leaves me to say Merry Christmas to you all and I’ll catch up with you with a quick post and a few pictures on Christmas Day!