1. You know yourself better than anyone else, or you should. You should know how your body reacts, you should know what is essential to your feelings of well-being. Do not let anyone push you around. Do not let people browbeat you into feeling bad about yourself, or doubtful of yourself. That includes doctors. When your friends go off on some new-fangled diet/way of living regimen, and insist it is the greatest thing since sliced bread, if you know it’s not right for you, say so. And if/when they carry on and on and on about it – shut them down. Nicely of course, but shut them down.
2. We have tons of storage space in our apartment and while I do not collect stuff there is/was much that was never used or needed but since we had it and we had the room we didn’t put in the effort of getting rid of it. Now that we have to temporarily move everything in the kitchen and dining room to somewhere else for the kitchen reno, it has become imperative that we make space. Once the kitchen is done and we move everything back to where it belongs we are going to have a boatload of empty closets and shelves.
During this process I decided to downsize everything I can. I had a large desk which didn’t work for me, so I got rid of it and bought a smaller desk. Yes, smaller. I am buying a new fridge and it will be smaller than the one we have. The new stove will be smaller, the dishwasher is being removed altogether and will be replaced with a pull-out trash bin cabinet.
We have a storage unit (on the same floor as our apartment) and it is chock-a-block with stuff that we no longer use/need but it is in good condition, and since we have the space, we kept it. Next week we will empty that out – actually once a year we empty it out and still we kept things we haven’t used in years. Like a boatload of suitcases. We don’t travel anymore, we don’t need suitcases. They need to be gone!
3. I ‘know’ people who decorate their spaces with so much stuff it boggles my mind. They purposefully seek out useless items just to set a scene, create a tableau or whatever they call it. I know all that stuff makes them happy, and therefore it is good for them but when I see photos of overstuffed rooms I think “How the hell do you live like that?” And then again – I’m sure if those people saw my living space they would wonder how I could live so impersonally, so sparsely.
Which kinda brings us back to #1.
I won’t comment when folks gleefully chatter about all the new stuff they got to decorate their living spaces. I won’t comment when folks gush about their latest ‘living well’ scheme. I won’t comment on your new home, furniture, dress, hair-do, or anything else about you or your life UNLESS…
~ I really, really like it.
~ I’m really, really interested in your new living well scheme/diet/medical info.
~ I really, really have something totally positive to say.
I was going to post before and after photos of my new office set-up.
I was planning on posting before and after photos of the new kitchen.
But I won’t. Because. I shall spare you from having to comment on what I strongly believe none of you would really, really like.