Black garbage bags with yellow ties; never have they represented such satisfaction or relief. You see, over the past few months they have been filled with things we no longer need then promptly driven to the op-shop. The process of significant decluttering has been both cleansing and rejuvenating.
Clearing clutter and purposely living with less has a definite domino effect and I find that necessity and practicality is at the forefront of my mind when I consider how I'm using objects and purchasing new items.
Like the bag I'm carrying, for instance. It recently dawned on me that in the not so distant future, I'll be carrying a heavier load; a baby in a sling and a bundle of necessities - a change of clothes, nappies, wipes as well as my usual accompaniments: wallet, phone, sunglasses, diary. For the past few months I've been using a leather tote bag - cavernous and heavy I filled it with the unnecessary and all those just-in-case things; telltale signs of a chronic over-packer. But then I noticed that my shoulder was sore and I was lugging, not carrying. If I'm realistic, it will be another few years till I can get away with a small over-the-shoulder handbag again so for now I'm enjoying the lighter option - a vintage handbag that only holds the essentials.
When it came time to buy a diary for the new year - always a promising and exciting purchase - I shopped around for a paperback option that did the job without being too cumbersome. After much searching I discovered Mi Goals and my new diary arrived today; it's simple and light an I'm enamoured with its blank pages and possibilities.
This practical mindset is new for me; it comes after years of frivolous spending that I later regretted.
Do you carry a bag that's full of unnecessary items? Have you got a diary for 2015 yet? - there seems to be quite a positive buzz about the New Year, don't you think?