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If we were having coffee this weekend I would invite you to join the world wide gathering of coffee and tea drinkers who share an interest in reading and writing. It is fun to be back at the table with such a diverse and interesting crowd. I feel good about hosting you this weekend because I just received my fall order from my favorite tea company. Even though I had many on hand, I just love having a wide variety of tea because we drink it all day every day. I also drink coffee, but cold tea is our main beverage de la casa. I can offer you roiboos, honeybush, green, white, and fruit based tea. I am binging on one of the new ones, a green tea with caramel hints for fall. It is not overly flavored, but the hint of caramel lingers after I drink it.
If we shared our deepest conflict of the week mine would have to be the stand off in which I find myself with the Japanese tidy lady, Marie Kondo. She has published two books that have inspired a wave of praise. I decided to have my robot Alexa, and Audible in general, read her first book to me. This step by step guide to clearing out junk by clearing out emotional clutter is specific and wonderfully logical. After hearing The Life Changing Magic Of Tidying Up I realized that I had no hard copy, and would never be able to follow her intricate folding technique without that. I bought her second book, Spark Joy, in the kindle print version, then added narration in order to continue my audio tutelage from Ms Kondo. I listen to her at home and at the gym. I am convinced she is right about everything.
While I do donate and cull my possessions all the time I know I will not have permanent freedom from clutter, both emotional and physical, until I follow the tidy steps. Instead of doing that I am listening to the books and telling everyone how great they are. I have not started the program, and have, indeed, while supposedly enrolled in Ms Kondo’s Key to Happiness class, placed a big tea order without going through my tea cupboard to tidy. I have also purchased a fabulous reversible jacket on sale at a thrift store that came out to just $3 per jacket, if you count both sides. I am a complete jacket-a-holic. I know when I finally make the clothing piles the jacket pile will be the most obscene and ridiculous. I have them stashed in every closet and in the barn. Marie would so bust me, and in fact, she has fully busted me rhetorically. I would like to see her try to bust me in person…really I would. I am now using major procrastination, thinly disguised as training, to listen to the books instead of doing the tidying. I am pretty sure this is antithetical.
I had a comical conversation about the tidy lady and her program with a friend who is a successful real estate agent. She owns lots of stuff as well as lots of real estate. We discussed the perils of owning a barn. In the end we decided we should just walk around and give our stuff directly to homeless people. We would have fun doing it. However I go about this I need to commence. The agony of procrastination is not worth it. I am not a terrible hoarder, but am certainly meeting the part of me that would just as soon become one in the future. Her little shadow persona must be brought to heel.
I enjoy hearing from all you nordics at the coffee party, with your leaf colors, and your fall customs. I had to buy a new air conditioning unit last week because it is still very hot in Tucson, and mine died. I did get a good deal from a local company, so all is well. I have every kind of tea, and the house is cool and comfy. I think you will be fine with the present level of tidy, but don’t open my office closet.
Just hints of color, and infrequent soundings of Canada geese, here in upstate New York. The kids and I are planning on leaf-peeping in a week or two; I’ll get pictures for sharing.
I don’t follow any particular “tidy” system…I borrow from what works. Long ago, I realized that I can have two of these three: personal peace, an uncluttered house, and a happy family. No contest which one loses out. It may be different when the children are grown, but my Accomplice isn’t known for his neatness.
Over time, I’ve become much less acquisitive, in general, but I make no apologies for having some things in abundance, when I love them.
I will love the leaf peeping pics, shades of my own childhood in Pittsburgh. We had maples and oaks in abundance. I have not followed any particular system in the past, and still have not started this one. I am sure I have some stuff that will be much happier when I release it…whenever that happens.
I love your taste in teas! Can you share a link to your green with hints of caramel? That sounds so luxe! I have not read Marie Kondo but I did a sort of version of what she did in folding things.. except that if you are in a hurry, that’s not going to work. And when I first tried it, my kid was small and I never had time to get it all organized.
I do love your purchase from the thrift store but you are right about the curating things before you shop (like the teas). I need to do that to my tea cupboard and I am SURE that some have gotten stale… which would be a good thing to dump (along with very old cookbooks)
http://www.adagio.com/green/autumn_mist_green.html This lightly caramel flavored one sold out fast in bulk…they still have smaller quantities, and will get it back in stock. I love adagio and they give you frequent drinker points!!