Friday, April 6, 2018

A lot of changes in two and a half years

It's been a long time since I've even thought about this blog, and I've had a busy few years.  Last time I worked on this blog I was separated and working toward a divorce, living in a studio with only some of my possessions and not enough room for even them.  Downsizing seemed much more important then, and probably one of the only ways I had any control over a life completely in flux.

A few months later, everything changed again.  The divorce got nasty, but I also got moved and got all my stuff back -- at once.  (Including my cats.)  That meant settling in to a new home, unpacking (mostly), and starting to go through stuff.

But life happened, as it does.  The divorce finally went through and my life settled into a routine.  But with routines come complacency, and once I got unpacked enough to live, I more or less stopped unpacking or going through things.

Lately the mess has caught up with me, particularly since I do love finding treasures... dolls, antiques, dishes, things I can identify when others can't.  As the boxes have piled up, I've gotten tired of the excess, and now I want to spring clean.

I don't know if I'm going to do this blog the way I originally envisioned, by choosing a daily item to get rid of.  In retrospect I think it's a pretty inefficient way of doing it.  Picking something every day wasn't happening, for one thing, but it also required a lot more effort to think about it every day.  Plus it always had that feeling of never being finished, of things never being sorted and organized -- and the things I was getting rid of lingered around for far too long.

Instead, I think it makes more sense to tackle it project by project in my spare time, such as on a weekend or a day off: Go through my closet one time, my kitchen another.  Or break things up even more, and go through just one cabinet, but also reorganize it and have that feeling of a job well done afterward.

So the format of the blog (and the original reason for the 365) may change, but the spirit of the blog itself will remain.  I hope to have more posts soon tracking the progress of my downsizing projects!

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