work, work, work or what I did last month

work, work, work |

For a few years now I’m into simplifying. I started with the book “Simplify your life” and did a clean up every half year or year. Everytime I was astonished by the cheer mass of things I could get rid off without feeling empty, instead feeling relieved and happier. Since then I read a lot of books about simplifying, but the latest really got to me: “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up“. The main goal and quote stuck with me: ‘only hold on to those things that make you happy’. And I did. Within the first weekend I was on fire and didn’t stop until I had the entire apartment cleaned up and sorted through. Here’s what I did the last weeks:

✓ got rid of two big bags of clothes (trash & second hand)

✓ eliminated so many clothes, that we could move our cupboard from the bedroom to the cellar – there’s no use for it anymore

✓ tidied some of my clothes like the system recommended by „the magic of tidying“ – rest will follow later, when I got some fitting boxes

✓ sorted through our kitchen to free space, so we don’t need to add another cupboard

✓ put all my printed photos and notes into different Project Life albums – finally a system I can work with and fits my goals

✓ sorted through my work space and put a lot into boxes to sell later on a fleamarket or give away to friends

✓ scanned all recipes to Evernote and organized them with tags

✓ I started to digitalize my film negatives – this will take some time, but afterwards I don’t have another two boxes filled with negatives that I simply not use, because it’s too complicated to order them for photo albums

✓ sorted through my books again and packed over 50 into boxes for second hand

✓ reorganized my Evernote notebooks to work perfectly for me for blogging and everyday life

✓ shared the shopping list, cookbook and calendar in Evernote with my boyfriend

✓ cleaned our balcony and made it more beautiful with some lights and big washi tapes

✓ organized the next steps for our group vacation

✓ sorted through our storage alcove

✓ cleaned and sorted through our livingroom (especially our cupboard)

✓ sorted through my stuff in the bathroom, jewelry too

✓ got rid of the biggest part of my postcard collection – I only hold on to a few decorative ones or those, that I really want to send someone

✓ send some things to friends, I know they will love

✓ moved my blog from Typepad to WordPress

Now I feel happy and relieved, but exhausted and unmotivated to do anything. I do a little crocheting from time to time and put some photos into Project Life albums, but beside that there’s no energy left. Hope that will change after our vacation in two weeks. But I’m proud of myself, doing all this in a short time and letting the apartment feel light and leaving space for new experiences. Shortly afterwards I stumbled about this quote and knew that this will be my new motto:

“Fill your life with experiences not things, have stories to tell not stuff to show.”


my word for 2014

enjoy: my word for 2014 |

Last year my word was ‘simple’ and it was a good word. I simplified so many things and got rid of even more stuff. Everytime I brought one garbage bag to the trash, I felt at least 1 kg ligther afterwards. This word I will hold in my heart this year too, because I can simplify even more. There is still so much stuff cluttering our new apartment, therefore I considered to take ‘simple’ as my word for 2014 again.

Though, after all this change with the move to the new city, the new job and everything it wouldn’t been right to take the old word again. So I thought about a word, something that I haven’t really done for a long time: ‘enjoy’. Just that. Just sit down and enjoy the moment, without taking photos, without thinking about the next project or my to do list. Just enjoy it.
And this includes not only beautiful walks or special moments, but the everyday, the little things I do, like cooking, riding to work, working at the office or buying something, I wanted so bad for a long time.

Therefore I decided to take it slow with starting new social activities like a choir or social work. Although I love to sing in a band or choir and definitely want to do something good for others, I want to calm down first after this stressful, emotional, hard year. I want to really settle in, before I stuff my calendar with new social dates and to do’s again.

I want to enjoy these first weeks and months in this amazing city to the fullest. I want to enjoy our relationship, as it is no longer a long distance relationship. I want to make our apartment beautiful and enjoyable, like I never did before. And I want to craft so much and write a lot of posts for this blog. That’s what I love & want & enjoy the most. So ‘enjoy’ it is for 2014.

enjoy this amazing year

simple sunday

simple sunday - taste by momentstolivefor

Just looking at these pictures is mouth-watering. Do you feel the soft, juicy and grainy pear on your tongue or taste the sweet of honey on a slice of toast?

Enjoy the special taste of basil or any other herb or make a delicious pizza with it. Or try something new and put bananas on your bread. I can recommend it 🙂

I love the smell and taste of a fresh and hot cup of tea – especially chai tea, it’s exquisite.

Or are you a sweet tooth? Take a cookie and dip it in a glass of milk. Can you smell and taste the yummy hot chocolate as it is pouring down in your cup? Or do you want a cup of icecream as dessert? Mmmmm, yummy!

enjoy every bite of your meal and sip of your drink today – try to really taste it



PS: Looking for some more inspiration to enjoy life in simple ways? Then read the other simple sunday posts.