17 before 2017

As fall starts, we have a little more than 3 months until 2017. Fall and winter are my favorite times of the year. And it is a perfect time to  review my year and my goals. This year I changed jobs, I am a little freer now so I had a chance to focus on … Continue reading 17 before 2017

Decluttering: Komono (Part 1)

What Marie Kondo addressed in her book as "komono" (in Japanese: miscellaneous) is the source of most clutter in our homes. It is the small, uncategorized objects that hang around without much consideration. For me, there are two areas that needed work: paper and plastic bags. i. Paper clutter. I work as a lecturer, so during … Continue reading Decluttering: Komono (Part 1)

What does Minimalism have to do with addiction?

When you start on a journey towards a more organized life, it is okay to start from your home, where an average person spends the most of their lives (if you're like me, though, it is well above average). And once you stop being crazy about cleaning and organizing, you can have lots of free … Continue reading What does Minimalism have to do with addiction?

Where do you call “home”?

Since I was born, I have lived in 8 different places. Come to think of it, the place where I most felt at home was the dormitory, where I spent four years at university. It was the smallest place ever, four beds( two bunk beds actually), four closets and a long table with four chairs … Continue reading Where do you call “home”?

Experience over things: the case of museums and malls

Yesterday I went to the natural history museum in Ankara. I live in Ankara for eight years-on and off- but never really thought natural history museum was worth a visit. It's funny because I love biology, paleoanthropolgy and most definitely I love geology and stones (I have a small collection of semi-precious stones and have … Continue reading Experience over things: the case of museums and malls

Decluttering & Simplifying Digital Space

Well, you all know the feeling when you search for a digital document, you look everywhere in your computer, and everything is such a mess you end up with frustration. "I just had it somewhere" clogs your productivity in such a way that you cannot even start a task sometimes. And welcome procrastination. It hit … Continue reading Decluttering & Simplifying Digital Space

Mini declutter Thursday.

How one accumulates too much stuff is a curious thing. Today I said goodbye to two tops as their sizes are too big for me to flatter my body. I also tossed three empty boxes with weird shapes (why do I keep these anyway, just in case I need it, I say, and the whole … Continue reading Mini declutter Thursday.

Slow down. Cut down.

What do you do in a day? I, for example, on a day I don't go to work, cook, eat, drink coffee, if not enough tea. While trying to work on a fictional story, my mind says let's go play this video game. Once in a while I get crafty and the whole house turns … Continue reading Slow down. Cut down.

Be the Change you wish to see in the world.

I used to ponder upon these words from Mahatmi Gandhi, but didn't find it very applicable. I was a vegetarian for four years, but even then I couldn't truly see the meaning behind these inspiring words of Gandhi, who was also a vegetarian. Maybe because I didn't believe in "change", I couldn't make the other … Continue reading Be the Change you wish to see in the world.

Minimalism and Simple Living

As a person who keeps making a mess at home, I got pretty excited while reading The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo a year and a half ago. I wondered "Will I ever be this tidy?" Minimalism? I'd never thought of it before I read this book. Actually, the book doesn't … Continue reading Minimalism and Simple Living