KonMarie Method – Step three: books

As promised a long time ago, here finally are some pictures of step 3 of the KonMari Method, the decluttering of my books.

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As you can see, that’s a lot of books. Also, lots of chaos! I discarded almost half of all these books. My list stands at 235 that I got rid of. This means that there were 326 that I wanted to keep them.

Another joyful fact is that my bookcase looks so much better now. It was by no means crowded before, but somehow something always seemed off. Now, I find, that it looks so much better!

For a bunch of the books I’ve already found some lovely people who would like to have them. All the other ones will be donated/sold to second hand shops.

Next on the KonMari Method list is papers. We already did this as well. Lots better organized now, and a lot less papers still around. We’re now slowly going through all the other things we have to do, before moving on to sentimental items.

Ps. I think my TBR never went down as fast as this, and probably never will again.

Review: Goals 2 0 1 6

Blogging Goals 2016.2As mentioned in my previous blog post, I wanted to check up on the goals I set last year. What happened to them? Were they reached?

I posted two different blog post at the beginning of last year describing my social media goals and my reading goals.

  • original pictures on the blog

    I mostly managed to do this. However, not in the way I planned. I still take my pictures from my Instagram pictures very often. At least they’re my pictures though. So I’ll consider this one half-way reached.

  • feminist blog posts

    Nope. Didn’t happen. I still want to, just didn’t really write very many.

  • update list of reviews weekly on the blog

    This did most definitely not happen.

  • let go of ‘the perfect picture’ on Instagram

    I mostly did this. Most pictures are not too set-up anymore and all of them are taking by phone. I think I can consider this one as reached.

  • use my Facebook page more

    I didn’t do this. Like with certain other goals I didn’t reach, I still want to, but I didn’t get to it.

  • upload reviews on Goodreads

    Nope, I forgot all about Goodreads for a while.

  • interact more on Twitter

    Twitter wasn’t really in the picture anymore…

  • pin new posts on Pinterest once a week

    Hmmm, I skipped this one too.

  • follow more bloggers on Bloglovin’

    Well, since I wasn’t blogging, I didn’t do anything on Bloglovin’ either.

  • read 120 books

    I didn’t get to read this many. Especially since starting my new job (that I love!), I’ve not read as much. This is why I set my reading goals a lot lower this year: it has to be realistic after all!

  • read 15 books in German and Dutch

    These I reached. I read 20 books in Dutch and 18 in German!

  • read 5 non-fiction books

    Yes! I read a total of 16 non-fiction books.

  • read 10 classics

    Almost, I read 9 books I would consider classics this year.

  • read 2 fairy tales each month

    Uhm… nope. Didn’t happen. Maybe this year?

  • Reduce TBR to under 150 books

    Yes! I didn’t do it reading, I got rid of a lot of my books (about half). Now, my TBR is under 100! So, achieved!

As you can see, I did not achieve all of my goals. I’m ok with that. During the year my life changed (full-time job), so my goals had to change as well. I therefore don’t regret that I didn’t achieve all of them: there were other things that became more important.

How did you do on the goals you set for yourself? Let me know in the comments!

2 0 1 7 GOALS

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The previous year went by so fast, with lots of ups and downs. I feel like I’ve finally got the hang of working full time and having a social life. However, blogging seems to have taken a backseat. I’m hoping I’ll be able to fit it in again at some point as well.

So it’s the time of year where we set goals. Since I didn’t really achieve very many last years, I’d like to try again and maybe make them a little less ambitious and more realistic.

  1. Excersize at least twice a week (tae kwon do, pole dancing, running, yoga).
  2. Finish 52 books this year.
  3. Acquire two new games (board/card games).
  4. Reduce my TBR from 88 to 50 books.
  5. Go to the sauna at least once a month.
  6. Experience 5 new things (foods, activities, sports, places etc.).
  7. Finish the Konmari method + repeat at the end of the year for books and clothing.
  8. Post 1 new blog post each week.

There are more things I would like to do in 2017, of course. This list of goals is by no means extensive. However, writing everything down would be excessive (and possibly boring).

My goal for next week? Review the goals from last year. Perhaps I did better than I think.

Happy New Year! May all your dreams and goals come true this year!

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.

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)