What my degree in IPE didn't teach me about baking, DIY, fitness, and life…
Here in Europe we changed our clocks the last weekend in October. The US does it later. It gets very confusing for the expat, let me tell you. In fact, this year I fell back twice – once here in Brussels and then again while I was visiting my parents! I like the time changes. Springing forward is hard on the sleep, but the extra hours of daylight are more than worth it. Falling back means one more glorious hour of sleep and the feeling that the holiday season is beginning. All of a sudden it’s dark before dinner and before Hubby gets home. The days are shorter, the weather colder – the year is slowly coming to a close.
The change in the clocks is also a good excuse for annual maintenance, like Spring cleaning. This year I’ve been inspired by something I keep reading in blogs and books, the most recent of which was Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin. The rule is simple “one in, one out”. We get attached to stuff, even stupid stuff (like that free pen we got at the bank, or the key chain that came in the swag bag at our last race). The longer we own it, the more attached we become. Studies show there’s actually an emotional cost to throwing things (even free things) away. Sure we’d never voluntarily pay for the cheap pen that came with the new bank account, but now that we have it, we’re much less willing to give it away.
With Thanksgiving tomorrow, I’m thinking again about my attachment to stuff. So I’m starting a new tradition – “Fall back to less clutter”. I’m cleaning out my closets (I’m going to have to do it eventually for the asbestos work anyway) and getting rid of anything that has holes, stains, or hasn’t been worn in over a year. Ok, not everything. I’m keeping one set of painting clothes (they clearly have stains). And some of my best loved workout clothes have holes (but I use them, so I’m ok with that). But for everything else, it’s time to let it go. Clean house, clean mind. The useable stuff will go to a local charity that has collection bins around the city and the rest will go in the garbage. It’s too easy to keep wearing holy and stained clothing simply because it’s there and comfortable. Now with all these things out, what I really should do is go shopping. I guess that’s what Black Friday’s for… in the meantime I’m just going to be thankful for what I have. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!