Saturday, February 13, 2016

A bargain

I've been reading about a book that seemed to resonate with me. It's entitled The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo.  I had some Amazon promotion points so the book was $2 including shipping.

It arrived earlier this week when Jilda was so sick. She couldn't watch TV, but she sat on the end of the couch with light filtering through the front windows and read the book in a few hours.

When she finished it, I started reading it too. It's a good little book and the author has a good approach to decluttering.

When I started REALLY looking in my closet and under our bed, it was a little scary. As it turns out, I needed to do a little decluttering before I could even start the process they way Kondo describes it.

This evening, I took a truckload of things to Goodwill that still had a lot of use in them but they were no longer things we needed. 

Over the coming weeks, we'll go through our clothes, books, photographs, and knick-knacks, decided on what things give us joy and what things we should pass on to someone else.

On the way back from Goodwill, I stopped at the grocery store to pick up cherry tomatoes and a few other things for tonight's dinner. By the door, they had nice arrangements of flowers. A few roses, but assorted other flowers. 

I thought to myself, this is the day before Valentine's Day and my lovely spouse hasn't been at the top of her game this week, why don't I buy a bouquet for her? So I did.

When I walked in with the flowers, it was obvious I scored points.  There were enough flowers in the arrangement, that she put them in the kitchen, great room, and a few in both bathrooms.

A few bucks bought a little happiness and I think a little happiness is a bargain at any price.


16 comments:

  1. That was very thoughtful of you and I've no doubt she appreciated it.

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  2. The flowers are lovely. Speaking of decluttering, I took 4 bags of clothes and things to the Goodwill yesterday. Sorta makes ya feel good doesn't it.
    Lisa

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  3. I read a synopsis of the book. If I were to get rid of the things that do not give me oy the first thing to go would be my dishwashing liquid. Next would be dirty dishes. It would cost me a fortune.

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    1. You may not completely understand what they are saying...or you have a good sense of humor. Pretty sure it must be the latter.

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  4. Truly beautiful! A gorgeous gift! I have been decluttering for about a year now and it feels so good!

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  5. I love the feeling of decluttering, it's like my breathing changes, I breathe deeper and I'm not a hoarder by any means but things gather over the years. I found a site on facebook called Freecycle, it's local and I advertise on there what I have to give away. I feel is someone can use it why not give it to them, not only feels good to help out but doing it this way also saves me a trip to the dropoff box.

    The flowers are beautiful, a very thoughtful gesture!

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  6. I love the feeling of decluttering, it's like my breathing changes, I breathe deeper and I'm not a hoarder by any means but things gather over the years. I found a site on facebook called Freecycle, it's local and I advertise on there what I have to give away. I feel is someone can use it why not give it to them, not only feels good to help out but doing it this way also saves me a trip to the dropoff box.

    The flowers are beautiful, a very thoughtful gesture!

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  7. Good move, and I think getting them the day before somehow makes it more special in the mind of a woman...not sure why, but good move.

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  8. Happy Valentines Day to you both !

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  9. I am having problems with this senior citizen thing. YOU B sweet bringing posies home to the 'getting weller' person. YOu feel so helpless when your love is not feeling well. YOu done good.

    Well uncluttered is good also, I am sure it helped. .

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  10. You and I must be on the same wave as we are both decluttering. My decluttering is a goal that isn't done in a day or week but I'm determined to give it my best shot. Now decluttering my husband's closet might be a challenge. He's a pack rat of sort...

    You are very thoughtful of appeasing your goddess with flowers.
    Happy Valentine Day.
    Julia

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  11. Oh you did score points! Nothing says love more than receiving flowers. How wonderful. I want to de-clutter but my husband keeps adding...

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  12. I have heard of this book, have wondered if anything in it would help me maybe one day I will find out

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  13. Awe that is sweet you got the flowers for Jilda, they are really pretty xox

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  14. You are lucky to have found each other!!

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  15. It is fun to buy things that are bargain.
    Schn├Ąppchen

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