Why do I want to tidy up my house?

norbert-levajsics-184254.jpgDuring the month of May I am focussing on ‘The life-changing magic of tidying up” by Marie Kondo. I will be reading the book and living by the book.

I started reading this book, because let’s be honest, my house (as my life) is a mess. We moved into our lovely home over ten years ago and merged all our stuff. And since then we have been accumulating stuff, but not really letting go of anything. As well, I recently wrote down my bucketlist, on it I stated ‘make our house a home’  and to do that decluttering is definitely necessary.

My mother has been saying for years: “you have to many things, you should get rid of it.” and did I listen? NO. At the moment,  we have a small attic full of stuff and one room filled to the brim. And this room is supposed to be our home office. So I have decided to tackle the clutter and have a life changing moment through tidying up.

I just started reading and Marie Kondo actually promises that if you treat tidying up as a special event, follow her strict rules, than you only have to tidy once in your life because the effects will be permanent. Well, doesn’t that sound amazing.

 

Her first exercise is actually not to clean, tidy or declutter, but to envision why you are doing this? What is your end goal after you have decluttered and then ask yourself why five times.

My vision is to have a peaceful house that radiates a sense of calm, space and freedom with a splash of “us – our own way”. I would like to spend less time cleaning, more quality time with my family. As well, I want family and friends to feel welcome in our home and have people over often (which is not the case right now).

While writing this down, I am actually dreaming of this. Of having a home that feels calm, spacious, free and a splash of what makes our family our family. At the moment, I don’t have a lot of people over, however I always envisioned a house full of people, and especially that my kids can have their friends over all the time.  So well, that is my why, now let’s start with the next step, decluttering the first categorie – clothes.

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Letting go of my soda addiction

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I confess, I am addicted to diet coke or in European terms cola light. I didn’t even know how bad it was, until the coke machine broke at work and I walked to another building to get diet coke .

I told a friend, and she laughed so hard. And said “you are not the only one” and proceeded telling her story about her inspiring India trip where she kind of went nuts when she couldn’t find any diet coke. So she finally found 2 cans at a gas station, and was trying to figure out what would be the best time to drink them  in order survive the trip.

I have been drinking diet coke since I was in high school and haven’t stopped since. I drink about one glas to a whole bottle a day, easy. My best friend calls it Zoe’s accessory, can’t leave the house without it.

Yesterday, I decided it has been enough. How can I just quit something that has been such a big part of my life? After some online research, I was shocked as to what this artificially sweetened fizzy drink could do to a person.

When looking at the ingedrients – sparkling water, caramel color (E150d) Phosphoric Acid (E338), Citric Acid (E330) Potassium Benzoate, Aspartame (E951), Natural Flavors and caffeine – I noticed that I was drinking a bottle full of chemicals.

My three year old asked me:  “mommy, can I have some?” and that was the moment when I decided enough is enough. I am ditching soda for a three months, weaning off of it long enough to let go of the addiction. It has been on my bucketlist for ages, and starting yesterday, I decided it was time to let go of the caramel fizzy drink that has made me happy and sane (as I like to call it) all these years. Wish me luck.