Crafty Christmas, Zero Waste Style

This Christmas, I am thinking more carefully about my festivities and trying to make them less wasteful. I’m not eschewing gift-giving or anything like that, but as far as it’s within my power, I’m trying to enjoy treats and activities that come with less packaging and less unnecessary consumption. So, while I was walking outside Read More…

Konmari: Photos, and The End

The third part of my sentimental category is photos. These include both physical and digital photos. I started with several 3-ring binders, as well as some other albums that were gifts. Here are the binders, which contained all my photos from birth until just before getting married. What was interesting about these is that I put Read More…

Konmari: Memorabilia and Sentimental Papers

Right after going through my toys, I tackled my collection of various memorabilia: old schoolwork, souvenirs, love letters, etc. This consisted of a file box of mementoes (which was already pared down, as I boasted about earlier) plus various papers and items I had found during the rest of the KonMari process, including some sketchbooks, diplomas, Read More…

Konmari: Old Toys

The time has come for the sentimental category of the KonMari method. I started with my collection of childhood toys. I only recently realised, with clarity, that ‘sentimental items’ is what these actually are. I may tell myself I’m keeping them for my children, but that’s not the real truth. The KonMari method requires identifying Read More…

Konmari: Digital Declutter

Marie Kondo doesn’t talk a lot about digital items. The only aspect she discusses is digital photos (in Spark Joy). However, I want to clear up my digital belongings just like my physical ones, so I decided to go through all my computer files and any sort of ‘online presence’ like email accounts. Essentially, I wanted Read More…

Konmari: Kitchen Equipment

The time has come…to declutter the kitchen dishes, pots, pans, utensils, storage containers… Once again, I broke this down into smaller groupings. This was useful not only to create manageable tasks for the time I had, but because it limited things to groups that would fit on my table, so I could work there. First Read More…

Konmari: Food

It’s time to sort through the food! I decided to break this into three parts: pantry goods, tea/coffee, and fridge/freezer. Here’s my pantry before I got started. It has fared well since I reorganised it at the start of the year, but since I shop more from the bulk foods now, its contents have changed Read More…