sparking joy: minimalism and makeup… current state of my collection

I’ve done a lot of culling in the last year. This is still a fairly large collection, but it’s a work in progress as much as anything, so let’s call it my current, edited makeup collection.

Product list below.

Missed my intro to the series? Watch it now.

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vlog: sparking joy, or my kind of minimalism

I rave about KonMari often enough on this blog; now, I’m taking it live! This is the first in a madcap series on my kind of minimalism (or how I fought the urge to have more stuff).

Let me know if you’d like me to explore a particular aspect of the KonMari process, or share your thoughts on living with less 🙂

Next in the series… MAKEUP! Or how I quit my lipstick buying habit.

the view from Sunday: shoes and paper clutter

I finally did it. I took a good, hard look at my shoe collection and donated everything that made my toes pinch, my feet ache, or my legs feel like falling off at the end of the day. I started with a proper sort. Laid everything out and inspected each pair, thinking about more than just worn out-soles and scuff marks.

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The result is a much neater shoe rack and a closet I can actually walk into without tripping over my feet. My wardrobe is also starting to come together; it’s much easier to go through my things and make choices now that I’m focusing on basics and quality.

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Then I decided to tackle the paper clutter. I really should have done this months ago, but I kept putting it off (through sheer cowardice). I dumped everything out and sorted through all the piles, deciding what needed to stay and what could be sent to the shredder.
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Armed with a sharpie and some tape, I labeled my new categories and filed what I need to keep. The result, a happy file case and a bag full of stuff that can be shredded and recycled. 🙂
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My list of to-do’s is starting to look more like a list of accomplishments. I also sorted through some of the plush toys I had sitting in the corner of the bedroom (mostly gathering dust), and went through my art supplies, tossing dried paints and old sketchbooks that I don’t like to use. I have a little pile waiting for next week, but it’s all becoming much easier to manage and less time-consuming with every sweep.

the view from Sunday: mugs, books, and kitties!

Still dealing with the mites, but the plague appears to be under control *fingers crossed* so life is starting to settle into something of a rhythm again. With all the spraying and cleaning, I decided to re-evaluate my mug collection and concluded that, rather than ridding myself of the excess, I should rid myself of all the other stuff cluttering my pantry. Result: happy mugs! I did get rid of a few, mostly the ones that were too thin or fussy to handle (no joy when you get burned by hot contents), but the rest make me happy, so they stay until the day they don’t.

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a few were in the wash, but you get the idea

Of course, having finished Newt’s Emerald and Finding Fraser (video to come!), I am now between books and enjoying a torrid literary affair with several authors at once.

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The cats seem completely unperturbed by the mites and the cleaning… see, totally floppy and oblivious. Just wait until the new vacuum arrives…

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one of these things is not like the others

I’m off to enjoy the rest of my afternoon and get some more reading in before the boy comes over.



Letting go and sparking joy


I read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo last year and I’ve been singing KonMari’s praises ever since. However, one thing that I disliked about the book was the lack of illustrations, which seemed strange for a lifestyle manual, but it is a book in translation, so I let it go… As luck would have it, we finally have illustrations!

I requested a copy of Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up  from Blogging for Books a couple of months ago and was so pleased to find all the illustrations I yearned for: how to fold pants, underwear, shirts, and more; plus, all the little details on how to let go, including some interesting theories on why it’s so hard to let go of plush toys and other objects with eyes.

You don’t need to read the original to use this manual, though there is something to be said for committing to the theory as well as the practice. I’ve been applying KonMari’s lessons throughout my home during the last year (taking it in pieces rather than all all once) and my home and sense of style are that much better for it. My latest project: sort my shoes and get rid of anything that pinches, rubs, or makes my feet miserable.

This is a great book for anyone who wants to learn the basics of the KonMari method and a wonderful supplement for current fans.

[REVIEW] sparking joy – a journal

I am a huge KonMari fan. I’m generally good at keeping things in order, but I have a terrible fear of becoming a hoarder (re: my mother, to a certain extent), so anything that keeps me in check is a good thing. Plus: the folding. The folding is epic.

So when I saw a copy of the new KonMari journal up for review on Blogging for Books, I knew I wanted one. I imagined it to be a logbook/workbook to complement The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up; however, what I discovered was a three year journal to record moments that spark joy. Not what I expected, but definitely something I will enjoy. I journal on a semi-regular basis, but my journal is more a record of triumphs and tragedies than everyday joys. I’m going to challenge myself to stick to it and jot down a little note everyday, even if it’s not a particularly significant event.


The journal itself is hardbound with a cover that resembles the original KonMari text. It is a perpetual diary style, so the writer can enter the year as time progresses. The pages are nice and thick, and while I haven’t written in it yet, I don’t foresee any bleed-through. Quotes from The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up are scattered throughout to provide inspiration. Overall, a great little gift idea for anyone who is new to journaling or looking to become more mindful.

the view from sunday: the life-changing magic of tidying up

True story: I’m an organizer. I love keeping things in order. It doesn’t always look tidy, but there’s a method to my madness. My mom, however, has a bit of a problem letting go. Not I… I purge with abandon. Now that she’s retired, it’s time to start getting rid of all the stuff she’s held on to for the sake of work. Plus all that other stuff she’s refused to let go. Hoping to send her on her magic, cleaning journey, I gave her a copy of Marie Kondo’s The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up in Spanish (hooray for translations!). To make sure she follows through, I picked up a copy myself. She’ll have no excuse but to get to it.

My mom’s hoarding aside, this book is awesome! There are some claims that make me feel a little squinty-eyed with doubt, but most of the advice is incredibly practical and easy to follow. The life-changing magic part? Learning that I’ve been storing my clothes all wrong. Seriously, who knew storing clothes vertically rather than horizontally makes such a difference? So much free space now! Nothing snags when I open a drawer.

My home is so much lighter without all the clutter. Still have far to go before it’s just right, but it’s a start.

Behold, the great purge! All donated, of course.

Now, to bask in the glory of it all.