When you see or hear about the chair in this journal,
allow it to take on the shape of any object you’re ready to start dialogue with.
I say chair but I speak of every object in the room.
I speak of the table,
I speak of the bed
I speak of books
I speak of you.
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Here are some of last week’s piles. Of course I have piles that are more dense and some that are even permanent. But I photographed these because they can be cut through fairly quickly.
Throughout the week I’m in and out of the house, changing clothes, dealing with paperwork, receipts, books, notebooks. When I’m not attentive to putting things back where they belong, I make piles. Temporary piles. The pile becomes a canvas for what’s happening in my life. It becomes a safe space, a place for things that haven’t yet made it back home.
In theory, the pile is a healthy way to keep track of the to do list. But it seems that once an object joins the pile, it becomes less visible. The pile grows, representing the tasks we haven’t finished and the objects in it start to look heavier.
So what to do? Strive for piles that don’t feel like clutter. Comb through your piles at least once a week. Restack the pile neatly or return things to their home. You’ll find in your piles forgotten ideas, unfinished tasks, overdue items and side notes. Learn from your piles.
Transform your piles.
integration into a coherent whole.
bringing new things home is a privilege
Because we’re always accumulating, we should always be reassessing the usefulness of what we own. There should be a healthy rotation between what we bring in and what we push out. The importance of this rotation is heightened when we go through drastic changes. Things we once couldn’t live without might start to look and feel outdated, reminiscent of our younger, less wise selves. We might suddenly want to replace everything with what better reflects who we’re becoming.
as you read this and any other journal, blog or book, experiment with the advice and do what works for you. I’ve come across endless advice on how to be the best version of one self, but I adopt only what resonates with me and adapt so that it’s tailored to my unique circumstances. The tips in this journal are things I have found to work for me.
Adopt and adapt if you please!
don’t push it.
If you come home late after a long day to find the dishes you left in the sink earlier that morning, you have a decision to make. You could push yourself for an extra ten minutes, clear the sink and thus wake the next morning feeling free and clear. Or you might decide that you simply don’t have the energy and must lay down as soon as possible. Whatever you decide is okay. Listen to your body. Ask yourself what’s more important. If you decide your rest is more important in that moment, trust in your decision. Don’t force yourself to do what your body can’t afford to. You won’t get the satisfying feeling that should come with a kitchen reset.
rest up and try again tomorrow.
If you think you’re too busy to clean, think again. All you need is 10.
Here’s a list of tasks that should be done regularly through the week.
Each time you go into the world, you come home plump with new information and stimulation. Home is the place to break down and digest this info. To do so in a healthy manner, your home needs a few key components:
Each should be fine tuned for your body’s needs and regularly maintenanced for optimum function.