And i am back…

So i have been missing – The whole family fell ill and while I attempted to keep to my resolutions – the virus overtook us all and it was not pleasant at all.

The good part is while i didn’t track my resolutions, I did pretty well on some of them – I have actually resumed a lot of physical activity. I even managed to win a bronze in a badminton championship in my apartment complex – I mean its not like the nationals or anything but i am quite kicked about it.

I have also managed to bring a lot of order into my life – I used the Marie Kondo method to clean my cupboard and boy it has changed my life and how. I waste so much less time dressing up and I actually look forward to folding clothes which is usually my nemesis.I also used it to clean my kid’s room and have trained the child on putting back his books and toys and life is so much better.

It’s taking me a lot of courage to come back and admit that I didn’t stick to the challenge but i guess I am back for now starting tomorrow.

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Jan 2nd – Small Steps

This one resolution a day, I realise makes your life a lot more easy. You put less stress on yourself – Usually by Jan 2nd I am trying to balance all the resolutions I have made and I am overwhelmed at the sheer enormity of it all.

One of my main dreams in life is to be organized – you know the type of person who knows where everything is. The one who is not struggling to find things or clean up the house everytime guests arrive. I feel this whole exercise of finding stuff, shoving the stuff back because you are in a hurry, really bites into my time leaving me feeling I dont have time to do the things I really want to do.

So my small change for today is to spend 15 mins a day on weekdays tiding/cleaning some part of my house. A friend who in the past was my despair companion in messy cupboards recommended I read up Marie Kondo’s book. Now i havent read the book – i found an article which found key takeaways from her book and I tried to adopt the same.

She recommends that rather than clean rooms, clean a category of things like books or clothes. So today – stupid as it sounds, I took on my handbags – I gave away 2 handbags which didnt give me “joy”. The remaining handbags I used plastic paskets and Organized them into “dressing up handbags”, “work handbags”, “holiday handbags”,”Small handbags” and oversized handbags. This way its easy for me to find the right handbag without wasting too much time. Now if you think i have a closet full of handbags . you are wrong. You may think I am a handbag afficiando and you are wrong again. I am just a person with way too much stuff. Sigh!!!

Getting back to cleaning, post that I cleaned out the handbags and i was amazed at the things i found from medicines, to sanitizers, to money to earrings to lipsticks – Phew! the list is endless but what amazed me most is the amount of paper. It amazes me the amount of paper I find lying around my house – from receipts, cc slips, airline tags, to envelopes, to bills – Phew the list is endless.

Sure I took more than 15 mins today, but i am sure with time it will take me a lot less time to keep my things tidy.

But in the meantime, my bags are clean, organized and while I am a couple of bags lesser I feel a whole lot lighter.

Update for Jan 2nd on  2017 resolutions

Weight : Lose 10 Kilos by Mar 31st – No loss yet

Book – Read 25 Books by 2017 – Not begun anything yet

Resolution Jan1st: Veg juice for breakfast – Done – Streak – 2 days

Resolution 2 Jan 2nd : Spend 15 mins a day (on weekdays) cleaning up – Done – Streak 1 day