Massage, O Bear, and KonMari

This morning I headed down to Japantown to the Kabuki Spa to enjoy my Christmas present from my husband, a gift certificate for massages. It was my first time there, which is hard to believe! It’s a lovely place, and the massage and baths were very nice.

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While I waited for my ride home, I squeezed in some bear knitting time.

Bear knitting is great for on-the-go!

Bear knitting is great for on-the-go!

By the end of soccer practice this afternoon, I had a finished bear!

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Her shiny pal Norbert is happy that she’s finished and they can play
together.

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I’ve been working slowly, and not so steadily on the KonMari method of decluttering. Today I attacked some books, photos, and the knitting/spinning magazines that somehow escaped my attention the first time around. (I know, you’re supposed to do all of one type of item at once, but it doesn’t always work like that with my lifestyle. I just do my best.)
I decided to purge this pile of knitting and spinning magazines, and keep only what’s in the file box.

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With what I culled last time, this is my pile of knitting and spinning magazines to discard.

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More space! Less clutter and stress! Doing the small bits and pieces of decluttering feels really good, and I definitely think a lot harder about purchasing new things.  I’ve hardly knitted any patterns from these, and while I enjoyed reading the spinning magazines, I don’t actually use them for reference or anything other than eye candy.  Hopefully someone else can find them useful!

Decluttering

Have you heard of the KonMari method of tidying/de cluttering? Apparently the book, The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up, is on the NY Times best sellers list. It’s supposed to be an excellent method for getting rid of things that don’t “spark joy,” and you’re left with fewer things, but things you really love and are easier to keep under control. http://tidyingup.com/

I haven’t been able to have a good declutter at each part of my home, but the areas that have been tidied are very pleased. My bookshelves are sparser, my bathroom is neat and devoid of unnecessary products, my dresser and closet are roomier and left with things I really love, and I actually feel liberated and less frustrated with fewer belongings.  So tonight I tackled my knitting magazines. The magazines are kind of hard because they’re so colorful and pretty, and the articles describe interesting techniques or even sheep, and maaaaybe I’ll knit that sweater/shawl/hat someday! But I gave it a serious try tonight and ended up taking these out for donation: IMG_8829 I kept this small file box, which mostly contains spinning magazines. Maybe they’ll be gone on the next round, but for now they still spark joy and I want them. IMG_8830 I think it’s pretty good progress! Now I just need to find a place where I can donate them!

PS Tomorrow I’m heading to Stitches West!  http://www.knittinguniverse.com/West  I’m volunteering at the Mother Bear Project booth, http://www.motherbearproject.org/ then roaming and possibly  definitely shopping a bit.