In the last six weeks of 2014, I unloaded 12 boxes & 4 shopping bags of donations and at least 3 full bags of trash from my little lofty living space. I just had too much stuff. I am not a hoarder…I can at least vacuum and clean my space…but I would consider myself at least a pack rat apprentice.
Due to my current living situation of three combined households, most of my walk-in closet is used for storage. But with running an Etsy storefront, clothes, crafts and the general cry of “I don’t know where to put this!”. It was becoming a mess. And I get a little antsy-pantsy when there is an avalanche waiting to happen in my closet.
I started small, I created a station for shipping and mailing out the etsy purchases and snail mail. Also, this area houses my filing cabinet (which I had reorganized and cleaned up earlier on the year). The next major area was setting up an accessible section for JJDPCO and the last was paring down the clothes. So over the six weeks, I took it a box at a time. Consolidating and shifting the space allotted there be some breathing room. Some Spring clean…I Fall clean. My energy is not so depleted due to weather and my creative instincts are in overdrive during that time of the year.
Work behind the scenes on the blog happened too. I created a YouTube channel called Dragonflykeep Vlogtini’s for a bit of variety here. I can only commit to a vlog a month for Dragonflykeep. It’s an experiment for me so we’ll see how it goes. I’ll be doing reviews, unboxing of subscriptions and planner setups.
Soooo, I guess I should explain a bit more about the title. Not too long ago I was part of a non-profit historical re-creation group and most of my time and money went to traveling, fabric and such. Since that is no longer a part of my expenditures, money has been spent on planners, paper, stickymemos, page flags, pens, inserts and other various necessary I HAD TO HAVE items! And, dude, I gave into some mighty good peer pressure!
After the decluterring phase, I decided to nix the purchase any more such items. Srsly, I have pens to write with till I’m 101! I asked Santa for a few things that I felt I couldn’t live without and kept a couple of subscriptions. Yes, Yes, I’m getting to the point! 2015 is going to be all about using what I got! (if you follow me on instagram, it will be under the hashtag #usewhatyagot2015).
I am setting up a Midori Travelers Notebook with a Hobonichi Weeks planner (vlogtini ep 1) in an effort to keep myself to one planner system for the year (too much detail for the this post…see the first vlogtini episode!!).
This isn’t just about my undying love for stationery and other kawaii items…there are some changes coming to my finances, health and additional areas for 2015….this is going to be an awesome year!