KonMarie Method – Step two: Clothing

The KonMarie Method has a certain order to things. This means that when you decided to start doing it, you’ll have to follow this for best results. The first part, I’ve already explained, which is thoroughly asking yourself why.

Next up is choosing which items in your house to keep. You’ll do this by asking yourself the question: does this particular item spark joy? I kind of translated that for me to mean: does this item make me happy in any kind of way?

However, there is no randomness in going through all of the items. You start with clothing, then books, papers, konomo (miscellaneous), and last sentimental items. The idea of this order of organization is that the first group is the easiest to discard things from and the last the most difficult. This way one learns to discard, and psychologically seen (not in the book), one first has a couple of successful experiences discarding items, making it more likely that you’ll continue the method and don’t give up half-way through.

Thus, what I did next was figure out which clothes to keep. In the end that meant that I had discarded a large trash bag and a half of clothes (they were donated). The boyfriend got rid of an entire bag of clothes, and together we got rid of a whole bag of shoes and a whole bag of bags.

Unfortunately I ended up with very few socks and very little underwear, so I got some new things as well. I don’t mind though, because this means no more uncomfortable underwear or socks anymore. Plus, I finally gave up on bras completely (I still had two, just in case).

I have no pictures of the huge mess in our living room with all the clothes in there. I forgot. However, next time, when I’ll let you know about my books, I’ll have some pictures.

Till next time!

 

KonMarie Method – Step one: Why?

The Life-Changing Magic of TidyingI’ve been away for a while and in that time, I have of course still been reading. One of the books I’ve read (and have started to implement) in my life is: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo, in which she explains her KonMarie Method.

I am not a tidy person. I’m clean, but not tidy. My boyfriend can confirm this. I have trouble putting away the things I have used. Usually this means I leave a bit of a mess in my wake.

So, I decided that maybe it was time to change something. How better to start change than with a new book? Thus, I looked online and found The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying. I read up on it, watched a bunch of YouTube videos and then decided I had to read it for myself.

Now, I would like to share with all of you how I’ve been doing. Going through all the steps one by one. The first step, often overlooked I’ve noticed, is to ask yourself: why? Why do you want to do this, why do you want to reach that step, and why the next one, and why and why and why? Pretty much, you’re trying to be a 3-year-old. Until, at some point you reach the final answer: because I want to be happy.

So, I asked myself these questions, or should I say: this question? Anyway, I wanted to get my house more tidy, more streamlined to prevent the constant distractions that make everything in my head seem very loud. (Does that make sense to anyone?) There is a constant input of stimuli, which was disturbing me. So for me, the answer is exactly that. I want to get rid of all these extra stimuli so I can feel more relaxed, which will make me happy.

Next, I’ll report on the cleaning out of the clothes in our closets (the boyfriend is doing it too!). So follow along to see how this book (hopefully) changes my life for the better!

Time for a break

Hi guys and gals,

As you’ve undoubtedly noticed, I’ve not posted much in the past few weeks. I’ve had a bit of a writer’s block going on, which for me meant that nothing I wrote sounded good enough. It seems like an appropriate time to take a short break from blogging again. Just to ensure I’m not forcing myself to write and to keep it fun. After all, that’s why I blog in the first place.

I hope you’re all well and enjoying the summer.

Love,
Myrthe

Ps. I’m hoping to be back in September.

Reading statistics – July 2016

Another month has ended. I only managed to read 5 books this month. Not surprising, as I went to Scotland for two weeks and somehow rewatched all the seasons of Gilmore Girls. In between all of that, there wasn’t a lot of time left for reading. I also starting two other books that I didn’t finish, because I really just couldn’t get into them or find anything about it to keep me interested.

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  1. Illuminati (Angels & Demons, German audio edition) by Dan Brown
  2. The Good Luck of Right Now (audio book) by Matthew Quick
  3. Juttertje Tim by Paul Biegel
  4. Never Let me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  5. I, Robot by Isaac Asimov

And the ones I didn’t finish (and thus got rid off):

  1. The Ghost Road by Pat Barker
  2. 3483606Hoe God verdween uit Jorwerd by Geert Mak

All in all, very little books were removed from my TBR, and as you’ll see as you read on, a lot of books were added to my TBR. So, on the schedule of getting my TBR down, I’m months behind. I am very excited about all the books I bought in Scotland though.

  1. The Ghost Road by Pat Barker
  2. I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
  3. Never Let me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  4. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  5. Perfect People by Peter James
  6. 26183610Feed by Mira Grant
  7. A Certain Justice by P. D. James
  8. Room by Emma Donoghue
  9. Foundation by Isaac Asimov
  10. The Grownup by Gillian Flynn
  11. The Uninvited by Clive Harold
  12. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  13. Rainman by Leonore Fleischer

Yup, 13 new books, leaving my TBR at a very unsatisfying 196 books. At least I’ll never run out of anything to read. How are you doing with your reading goals? Doing well, or struggling to catch up, like me?

Review: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

 Book review | Review of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey | 4 stars

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest  by Ken Kesey

Cover design: Neil Stuart
Penguin 1981
ISBN: 0 1400 4312 8

Synopsis

A classic novel of the 1960s, this powerful story about life in a mental hospital is told by a half-Indian patient called Chief Bromden. The Chief will not talk, and he has deceived the staff into thinking him deaf and dumb; but through his self-imposed protective fog he is an acute observer. To him the head of the ward, known as Big Nurse, is the very source of evil, destroying men’s wills and reducing them to mindless obedience.

Soon a lustful, brawling, life-loving new inmate, Randle Patrick McMurphy, alights in this cuckoo’s nest. Horrified by the rule of Big Nurse, McMurphy resolves to oppose her. What happens when she is forced to use her ultimate weapon against him provides the story’s shocking climax.


Bullet-point review

★★★★☆

+ representation of mental illness
+ description of mental illness
+visualization of mental illness

 – at times: long-winded


Full Review

What impressed me about this book, is the references to mental illness in a way that makes it clear what it really feels like. Obviously it differs per person, but this book has a great way of visualizing it. Other people to represent the evils and fog that he cannot see through to show the disconnect to the rest of the world.

The story itself isn’t always too interesting. It gets long-winded and repetitive at times, but the message is so great that it’s easy to look past the very few parts that made me feel that way.

The ending of the novel clearly showed that in the end, we are all people: mental illness or not, people are people.


Sunday Post #41 -Work, work, work.

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba, the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. This way, I can tell you a little about my week and sum up what happened on the blog and everything else that I find interesting.


This week (and last week) on the blog

Next week on the blog

  • Review: One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  • Book statistics – July 2016
  • The Isle of Skye, Scotland

Personal

This week has still been really busy. My direct colleague is on holiday and I’ve got to make sure the department runs smoothly now. Not easy, since I’ve only worked a couple weeks so far. Luckily there are a lot of other colleagues who are happy to help out, making it a little easier.

I feel like I might finally have a little time to really work on my blog again. Hopefully you’ll all be getting replies to all the messages you left pretty soon.

Plan for today: write a couple of review, write some of the blog posts I’ll be posting next week. And, hopefully also write some posts for the weeks following, so that I’ll have something to post if I run out of time again (which is bound to happen).

Next weekend, I’ll be going to the Deventer Boekenmarkt again. I’m hoping for a great haul from there. So, fingers crossed.

Have a great week!

Ps. I’ve been watching too many episodes of Gilmore Girls, so I haven’t had time to read. It’s been ages since I’ve seen any of these episodes. I love it!


Book-related

new books:

(no new books)

books finished:

(no books finished)

Reading Lasses (Wigtown, Scotland)

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The Reading Lasses in Wigtown Scotland isn’t just a bookstore. It’s also a cafe where you can get something to eat or drink, while sitting down to read, or standing to browse through all the bookshelves all around you.

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They don’t only have the prettiest plant pots in front of their windows, the cutest old-fashioned tea-cups, but also a room completely dedicated to women’s literature. All the books in the room have been written by female authors and some amazing books can be found in there. In the same room, there was a whole shelf with lesbian fiction.

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The food is very nice and the service is great, so if you need something to eat while book shopping in Wigtown, I can definitely recommend this place.

Weirdly enough, the book I picked up here was by a male author: Perfect People by Peter James. Hopefully I can give you a review for that pretty soon, because the synopsis sounds amazing!