1. My Wool Winder 2. Karen Kingston's Clear your clutter Book 3. Maya Fiennes Kundalini Yoga Teaching Number 1: My wool winder is a complete joy - I was reading the Imagination in Parenting Blog post about tidying up and I literally couldn't get the image of those neatly wound balls of wool out of my mind. I asked at the creative craft show if there were any for sale and eventually last week I couldn't resist buying one from Sarah's Texture crafts. It is just heavenly turning balls of wool into these indisputably better looking, easier to stack skeins of loveliness, I am in love:
[End result!]Needless to say I wind everything in sight now. Number 2: Karen Kingston's Clear your clutter has sold over a million copies. Everyone wants the magic answer to sorting out their seemingly endless piles of stuff. This book is amazing, inspiring, motivating and just so interesting. I have probably what can be nicely described as a scathing sceptic about the eastern philosophy labelled feng shui but I am seriously coming round. I am getting to the stage now where I can appreciate that my surroundings, my environment has a profound effect on me. If there are piles of washing, cluttered surfaces, too much stuff altogether then I am noticeably more stressed out, I feel depressed. I know there is a connection between my ability to focus and the way my things are laid out. I worry that not enough stuff is organised and tidy, that my stuff is essentially owning me rather than the other way around. We all know the 80-20 rule about our wardrobes. I'm holding onto items of clothing just in case but this book has inspired me to just get rid of pretty much everything I don't use or really want. In the words of William Morris 'Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.' and just because for example all the DIY things piled sky high in the corner room could/ potentially/ one day/ be useful they are blocking the home's chi so a big clear out is in order. Everything needs to be a reflection or a representation of us as we are now. No use being seriously sentimental about too many material things. And the idea that releasing ourselves from all these unwanted, unused things is so appealing and the feeling of scaling back so satisfying that I feel lighter each time a bag goes through the front door and onto it's next journey. Get this book! Number 3. I'm reading Yoga for Real life by Maya Fiennes as well alongside practising the DVD's she's produced and I have a sneeking suspicion some of the thoughts will have a lasting effect on me also. And as for the DVD I got - I literally buzzed after doing it, I felt so spaced out and chilled. This should definitely become a fixture in my day if I know what's good for me. And the thought that really got me? That I need to stop thinking about time and not having enough and believing I am constantly in time poverty and of course she's absolutely right. Being a bit more in the moment and making an effort not to bemoan the lack of time means that I am getting much more done without realising it. So if you catch me moaning in future (I do like a moan as you know) then give me a kick and remind me to stop...