Wow… another year has gone by so quickly! I cannot believe that 2014 is over already. The last few months have been extremely stressful but also very exciting. 2014 brought a lot of changes for me, it was the first year without going to university (I work on my PhD individually at home in consultation with my supervisor). I’ve also worked part-time for a publishing house for seven months and subsequently started my first full-time employment in September. I have visited amazing places – The Netherlands, America and Croatia – and I have met amazing new friends as well as read some really good (and some really bad) books. I hope everyone can look back on 2014 with at least a few good memories. Every year has its catastrophpes, personal and social ones, but one should try not to forget the happy moments – even if they are just small ones.
On a yearly basis I’m clearing out my stuff in December, no matter if it’s books, magazines, clothes, old technical devices or paperwork. I have sold so much stuff on ebay and momox or donated it. I love getting rid of stuff that I don’t really need any more but usually it’s too good to just throw away. It’s also environmentally friendly to donate or resell the things one doesn’t need any more. It is easy to forget what’s exactly in the depths of one’s basement or attic.
I’ve found so many things in my basement that I kept because I thought I might need them at some later point in my life. An example are two DVD players that I have not used in over two years which still worked perfectly fine. I decided to sell them because I seldomly watch DVDs and if I do I watch them on my laptop. Coincidentally I found an ad that day that advertised a flat-screen Smart TV with an included DVD-player. I have to admit that I don’t own a flat-screen yet, my TV is ten years old but since it still works fine I didn’t have a reason to buy a new one. I really am intrigued by that flat-screen TV though because my apartment is very small and, in addition, its energy efficience is much better than that of my recent TV. So I am definitely thinking about buying it in 2015 although it will be a slightly bigger one than the one advertised: 27,5″ instead of 23,6″. Long story short, I will sell or donate my old TV before I get a new one so that I can keep enjoying my clutter-free basement. 🙂
I know this is nothing new, especially since Karen Kingston published her book Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui in 1998. It is an amazing book, I have read and reread it many times and gave it as present to my family and friends. It helps you to analyse and decide if you need the things you are hesitant to get rid of. It suggests that everything you surround yourself with affects your life and I have to say I found some tips truly helpful and inspiring. Years after I first read this book I interned at a Feng Shui institute to learn more about this way of life. Feng Shui means “wind-water” and it means that one should live in harmony with one’s environment. The book’s main purpose is to help you get rid of the things you do not need any more and to keep your things organised.
I have to say my yearly “end of the year decluttering” makes me feel much better even though it is sad that there always seems to be stuff that I don’t really need but still accumulated. We will see how long this organised feeling lasts but for now I am really happy about it.
I wish you all a very happy New Year’s Eve or a happy New Year if you are already in 2015!
See you on the other side (hopefully clutter-free)! 😉