I’ve learned that my schedule doesn’t allow as much time to read and write as I would like, so I’ve taken to listening to audio books. If you’re not convinced, and you love great fiction, give Ann Patchett’s the Dutch House a try. Narrated by Tom Hanks, it’s a book that makes me wish I would have read it while nestled in my reading nook, savouring each and every chapter.
Listening to The Year of Less was a much different book, part memoir, part economic decluttering advice, it coincided with falling into a near rhythm of working during the COVID 19 pandemic. As you have likely experienced, feeling like we have control over anything at this period of time is almost impossible. This little gem of a book was perfectly timed for a mid-life-pandemic-inspired, pivot.
And that’s what I’m planning on doing. As annoying as I find the word ‘pivot’ right now (kinda like tribe and squad were whored out to the hipster masses during the past few years), I’m hoping to do just that, using shelved skills to pave a way to the future.
But first I must declutter.
Clutter distracts me and exponentially multiplies my already high-anxiety. Cait Flanders’ experience decluttering her desk and clearing out more pens then she could ever possibly need at one time struck a cord with me. I’ve decided that all I need at my desk are my fountain pens, a couple of pencils and some basic office supplies. The itch to clear out my office supply drawer is pretty intense right now.
But I don’t have time for that. It’s late, and today I already cleaned out the bathroom vanity. Three small bags of junk later, I feel that I’ve at least got a running start on the decluttering.
My next step is clearing out my office supply drawer.
And then I’ll attack my closet(s). My clothes’ closets. Seriously, as a professional who wears a uniform every day, there is absolutely no reason to hoard a full, walk in closet of clothes that I’ve either outgrown, or just don’t wear. Nor do I need the piles of shoes that have not been unpacked since my last move.
All I know is that with an impending move, I don’t want to have to declutter while I pack. I want to be able to pack by putting lids on the containers under the sink, piling things in boxes neatly labelled with the room they belong in, and make a minimalist move into a new home.
This involves uping my gig game. Getting my copywriting and wordsmithing services up and running. It means taking a few more courses so I can set up a home business. It means keeping focussed while I’m not carrying on my long-time professional career.
It’s gonna take some focus and more work to achieve a ‘year of less’, which I hope results in a future of more. More of what is meaningful to me; time, family, joyfilled work. Less of the rat race.