simple living

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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”, […]

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 […]