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After Day 6 Of Working On Me.

Hey guys!

Yesterday I managed to achieve 10 things toward developing myself into a healthy version of me!

 

 


 

1.) I took my weight! This has literally just become routing by this point 🙂

2.) Made myself a proper, good breakfast consisting of cereal, a coffee and a bottle of water.

3.) I drank a bottle of water! Again, standard routine by this point!

4.) I put a load of laundry on in the washing machine.

5.) I hung up lots of wet laundry to dry.

6.) THIS is the exciting one of the day guys. I always seem to have one thing that I’m pretty chuffed about and excited about. So basically, I had been watching the Kon Mari method on Netflix and so I decided to try it myself. I washed all of me and my partner’s clothes and piled them all into separate piles on the bed, and proceeded to alternate picking one item to go into the keep pile, one to go into the discard pile (depending on whether the item truly sparked joy or not). Our aim was a 50% reduction in our clothes, so this method worked really nicely! At the end, we allowed our imperfect selves to grab anything we REALLY wanted from the discard pile, so I think we probably got rid of around 40% of our clothes at the end. After doing this, me and my fiancé ended up putting away SOME of my clothes using the Kon Mari way (so that we could fit as many clothes into our storage areas as possible etc), but I basically ended up with a massive pile of clothes on top of my dressing table ever since that Kon Mari session that never ended up being put away. Finally, yesterday me and my partner put ALL MY CLOTHES AWAY IN THE KON MARI FASHION! I mean, I’m so happy I could legit cry about this achievement. I sat there for probably 4 hours straight folding and putting away my clothes. The photo is just a sample which is the drawer with all my tops inside and a few jumpers.

7.) I drank another bottle of water.

8.) I uploaded another picture onto Instagram. This time it was just a screen shot of my phone’s background, because I think one’s phone background really showcases a lot about an individual! It also allowed me to give a moment to express my appreciation about my fiancé buying me the phone 🙂

9.) I drank another bottle of water.

10.) I drank my final bottle of water (adding up to 2.4 litres in total for the day).


 

Thank you so much for reading!

Today I hope that I will do some studying, henna my ends, take a bath, upload another picture on Instagram, clean my mirrors and windows and any hard surfaces and that’s about it.

For Instagram, I think I might start aiming to upload photos of myself actually DOING things, rather than just selfies or photos that don’t have me in them at all… I think photos of people actually doing things kinda shows a little window into that person’s life and are really personally expressive!

I will update you all tomorrow to show you what I got up to doing today 🙂

Storm

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Taking Minimalism Too Far.

Hey guys!

I’ve never been a minimalist, although it is a concept I am interested in. Something that really holds me back from really delving into the world of minimalism is the question “When is the point that minimalism has been taken too far?” “When is minimalism no longer a positive thing and instead has a negative impact on an individual?” “Where and when do you draw the line?”

I think before I really begin being more brutal with my belongings, it’s important for me to think about these questions. I believe that too much of anything is, well, too much. I see everything as a wave – more of something is often better and eventually, you reach the peak of that wave. After the peak, more of said thing only brings more and more negativity. Not to say that this theory is true, but it is how my scientific mind thinks!

So with minimalism, it is important for me to recognise once I am heading past the peak of my… Minimalism wave of happiness?

I think minimalism will begin to be something that brings more negativity than positivity to me with time once I begin getting rid of things that I literally would repurchase. That would just be wasting money, which is wasting opportunity and freedom, which is silly.

I also think minimalism will begin to become something more negative to me than positive when I begin getting rid of things that I have actually put effort into purchasing – things that really do enhance my life and that push me up to a better position than I’d otherwise be in. For example, getting rid of clothes I’ve put a lot of thought into purchasing – clothes that make me feel really confident when I wear them and clothes that I love, would make no sense at all. Doing that would just bring me down to a position of less opportunity to feel confident than beforehand.

I would also be super hesitant about getting rid of any of my Lush products. Although it doesn’t make sense to some people, and although my Lush products do bring me some stress and anxiety, they also bring me a lot of joy. I think not having all of these beautiful products to pamper myself with and then to review would bring me some sadness. They are all my gifts to myself, and help me to feel like I do deserve to be pampered and to spend my money in a way that brings me joy.

Other things I’m super hesitant to get rid of are things I have very strong emotional attachments to. I’ll be the first to admit that this is the area where I hoard the most, and I could definitely stand to get rid of a lot of these items. It’s just some items – like toys from my mother’s childhood that she’s passed down to me, or cinema tickets to films I saw with my partner years ago, that I’d not feel great to part with. I understand that memories will always be memories and that a solid object isn’t required to hold onto good memories. Some things just feel too precious to simply get rid of! It makes me feel so happy when I find those little nik-naks!

There’s also my books that I love, my old school certificates and grades and work… Admittedly, I think getting rid of a lot of things would make me feel pretty down – because most of my belongings do genuinely bring me joy! I don’t think there’s any shame in your possessions bringing you genuine joy. As long as you get rid of the things that you WOULDN’T feel sad to get rid of, the things that would actually bring you more POSITIVITY and FREEDOM to get rid of, then that’s all that matters!

– Storm

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How To Keep On Top Of Your Laundry!

Hey guys! 😀

It’s been quite a while since I last wrote a blog post – sorry! I recently finished up at University for the year, and have since been catching up with a whole ton of chores that I let get on top of me during the academic year.

I live away from home in a cute little flat with my partner, and doing the laundry for the household is my chore. Studying for an Astrophysics degree is, well, basically rocket science right? So it’s pretty damn difficult, and has taken up almost my entire attention since the end of September / beginning of October last year. This meant that I fell behind TERRIBLY on the laundry front (and honestly, basically every front in my life, I just decided to tackle the laundry first!)

Finally, a billion full loads in the washing machine later, and I have actually managed to get all of the laundry done… As in, to fill up the washing machine right now I’d have to wash the bed sheets on my bed or something, which really don’t need to be washed right now as we changed them quite recently!

Now, you guys, you have no idea how bad the pile of dirty laundry got. It got pretty bad. So, I’ve come up with a strategy that will make doing the laundry easy, and prevent it from getting this bad ever again!:


  1. img_01681Don’t put dirty laundry onto the floor, into a laundry bag or basket or anywhere else. Do put dirty laundry STRAIGHT into the washing machine, and let it act as your laundry basket.
  2. Don’t wait to add fabric softener and laundry detergent into the washing machine for when you actually need to turn the washing machine on (if your household contains 2+ people.) Do put in the fabric softener and laundry detergent as soon as one load is finished (using a generic fabric softener and detergent suitable to wash most clothing items,) so that when you do need to turn the washing machine on, the job will be done that much faster.

  3. img_01751Don’t be super picky with the temperature, speed and setting that you wash clothes on apart from for clothes where it ACTUALLY makes a difference. Do find a general speed, temperature and setting that works for the majority of your clothes and put your machine on those settings, so that you can get a load of laundry washed that bit faster when you next need to.
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    Don’t leave clean, wet laundry in the washing machine when you have noticed it has finished its cycle. Do take out the clean laundry and hang it out to dry straight away.

  5. img_01781img_01771Don’t leave laundry out to dry for days and days and days. Do check everyday to see what pieces of laundry are dry, and bring in, fold up and put away any items that are STRAIGHT AWAY!
  6. Don’t wait until more than one full load of laundry is dirty before using the washing machine. Do check to see how full the washing machine is whenever you add in new items and when it is full, take out any odd items that won’t be suitable being washed with the rest of the items, turn on the washing machine and start a cycle.

And there they are – my pro tips to keep your laundry under control!

I don’t think leaving fabric softener etc in the machine will be a problem because we somehow come up with dirty laundry in our home pretty quickly, and I can sometimes even find myself needing to do a full load of laundry every other day! Even if some of the tips don’t look appealing to you, maybe some could be adapted a little so that they help make your laundry easier to do too!

– Storm x