This year one of my goals is to have less “stuff”. I’m trying to consume less chemical grossness (just because it’s vegan, doesn’t mean you should eat it…like Baco’s) and to purge unnecessary junk from our house.
We’ve really been trying to focus on nourishing our bodies. And with a little prep, it’s too easy not to!
I make a rice cooker of quinoa or some other grain each Sunday and we’ve been eating variations on this bowl, with some raw veggies, avocado, maybe some beans and a shoyu/toasted sesame oil sauce that makes for a seriously satisfying meal. By chopping/shredding enough veggies at once to last a couple of days, and having the grains ready, there is no chronic Virgo indecisiveness plaguing our meal times and leaving us eating beans, chips and salsa for the eleventy billionth time.
Now, if you know Jim and I, we are professional hobbyists. Between the two of us, we have enough books, documentaries, instruments, technological stuff, craft supplies, tools and kitchen equipment to keep us busy for the rest of our lives! Add to that hectic schedules and, well, the clutter begins.
We’ve also been purging stuff! This was round one of several to the thrift store. Even after moving cross-country twice with each other, we’re still bad about holding onto things. While it can be hard, trying to emotionally detach yourself from your possessions is probably one of the healthiest things you can do. It can be hard to not beat yourself up when you see things you know you don’t want, but at the time you *had* to have, but there’s no point. Someone else will be delighted by it and you’ll have that much more physical (and mental) clarity. Just keep that gnawing feeling in mind the next time you try talking yourself into something you don’t need. (Like the ice cream maker I just bought on sale… wait, though, I need that, right?)
What are you trying to remove from your house this year, literally or figuratively? Stopping negative thinking, mean self-talk or the pile of junk that accumulates on your night stand? I’m terrible about leaving my dirty clothes on the floor of the bathroom after I take a shower, we’ve all got bad habits to shed!
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