My journey in decluttering & organizing for a happier and less consumerist life

Slowly over the last two years I’ve been decluttering and trying to organize the stuff in my life. I’m now diving in and making it a top priority for many reasons but here are the top two:

  1. I believe I will be happier, more content, and more at peace when I have less “stuff.” I want to choose to have only things that bring me joy and what I truly need. Creating space and order will give me peace of mind that will help me be happier in other areas of life.
  2. I want to be less of a consumer. I want to stop buying for the rush that buying something new can give us. I want to quiet the part of the mind that has been affected by marketing telling me I’ll be happier if I have this THING. I want to have more financial freedom to DO more because I buy less (and make choices that are better for the environment and my personal “environment.”)

There are a host of other reasons why I want to get rid of more and have a home for everything I own. But those are the big two. To be content, happy, and at peace and to buy less.

I’m going to document this journey on Medium as I’ll likely be posting more often than my Seattle Pockets audience would enjoy. At medium.com/@keridwyn, I’ll share my thoughts, achievements, setbacks, and tips I learn along the way. Some of it might be quite specific but hopefully I’ll be providing value to some of you who are looking to do the same thing in your lives.

Read my first posts:

My Day One of Apartment Therapy’s “The Cure” free daily task challenge that you should participate in with me.

10 Organizational & Decluttering Tips we should all learn from.

Do you have tips, links, websites, podcasts, blogs, or books on this subject I should know about (or do you blog about your journey as well)? Share these with me in the comments below!

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Are you prepared for an earthquake or other disaster?

I attended a Disaster Skills Basic Aid class this month in South Lake Union. This free event was put on by the City of Seattle’s Office of Emergency Management. Thanks to Matt Auflick for his excellent teaching skills. He mentioned the city will be launching some training videos on their website in the coming months. When I hear about them, I’ll be sure to share.
In the meanwhile:
This Disaster Preparedness instructional booklet has a TON of great information. Thanks to the people of Tokyo for producing a version in english.
Register for the free Earthquake Home Retrofit class on December 3.
Register for one of the free Stop the Bleed classes. Blood loss is the leading cause of preventable death in multiple casualty events, like mass shootings, terrorist attacks, and earthquakes. Help save a life while waiting for emergency services to arrive. December and January classes are full but you can still get a seat in the February, March, April, or May class.

If you’re worried about the power going out in the #SeattleStorm of 2016…

What if every Seattleite who is worried about their power going out during this weekend’s storm took a moment to donate just $10 to the homeless shelter of their choice? Can you imagine the impact we could have as a community?

Tonight, I’m grateful for the roof over my head. Because losing power (and internet! OMG!) is nothing compared to out in the cold, blustery elements.

Tonight, I’m donating $50 to DESC. Join me in donating to them (or your favorite shelter organization)!

If you have a favorite homeless shelter organization, please feel free to tell me about it in the comments. I’d love to learn who YOU support and why.

#SeattleStorm

 

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Five pockets (Giveaway, figs, duets, organization & guns)

Here are five “pockets”  that I thought y’all might appreciate this week!

Swink Style Bar & Susan Grace Skincare free event + giveaway

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My client Swink Style Bar is co-hosting a free event with Susan Grace Skincare on June 2 + they’ve launched a giveaway for a free blowout and a trio of skincare products to celebrate. You can enter to win via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or all three.

Blue Ribbon

My Mom, Dad, and fiancé had an incredible tasting with caterer Blue Ribbon Culinary Center this week. We’re going to try some more potential caterers for our wedding in Seattle, but this place really impressed us and is definitely on our list. The port-infused goat cheese and fig bruschetta was one of our favorites.

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“Tonight You Belong to Me”

I rediscovered this gem on youtube this week of a dad and daughter singing a duet.  Still one of the cutest things on the internet:

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This is one of my favorite google chrome extensions. One of my bad online habits is having too many tabs open at once. With a click of a button, OneTab collects all your tabs onto one page for you to easily delete what you no longer need to view and keep the rest on the list to reference later.Total game changer!

Everytown for Gun Safety

The “Inside Amy Schumer” show introduced me to an organization called “Everytown” an organization focused on bringing together Americans to end gun violence and build safer communities. Every day, 91 Americans are killed by gun violence. Let’s work together to educate the masses and make a change.

(For a bigger version of this infographic, click here).

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Pick Pocket: Podcasts, Movies, and what to do with Seattle tourists

I’m so grateful for my diverse, interesting, fun, and thoughtful group of friends and followers on Facebook! Here’s some insight on some lighthearted questions.

Like your favorite or add a new one if it hasn’t already been mentioned:

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Wide variety of favorite podcasts.

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Favorite romantic comedies.

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All time favorite movies.

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What’s one thing you would do and one place you would eat in Seattle with out of town guests?

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And then a question for my mom: best places in the Seattle area for chile rellenos. (I couldn’t find an appetizing photo of chile rellenos, so here’s a photo of a margarita).

Photos via: Modern Love Podcast / About Time / Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind / Tim Durkan Photography / Seattle Weekly 

 

January Giveaways: Seattle fun + round trip tickets on Alaska Airlines!

Tomorrow, I’m appearing on New Day Northwest (King 5/NBC) to chat with Margaret Larson about five great Seattle businesses you should visit this year. In the coming weeks, I’ll be hosting some great giveaways from some of the businesses I talk about on the show. Stay tuned! You won’t want to miss these giveaways.

PLUS: I can’t reveal all the fun details yet, but later this month, I’ll be hosting a giveaway that includes two round-trip tickets on Alaska Airlines! I’m so excited to gift one of my readers with this fabulous prize.

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Be one of the first to hear about these giveaways when they go live: if you’re reading this on your computer or tablet, you can sign up on the right side under “Follow This Blog” to receive emails when new blog posts are posted.

Current giveaway on now: Enter to win tickets to see “Foreverland” at Showbox in the Market.

Question: If YOU were appearing on TV this week, what Seattle businesses would you talk about? Post in the comments below or tell me on Facebook.

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Images via Alaska Airlines and New Day Northwest

Help Save a Life! Getting Registered is Quick, Easy, Free, and Pain-Free

Until this summer, I didn’t realize how easy it was to become a potential bone marrow or blood stem cell donor. I thought you had to go into a hospital to get a painful test just to find out your type. This is NOT the case! You can do it from home and the test is free AND pain-free.

Friends and readers, I implore you to take a moment and get yourself registered as a potential donor for people in need of bone marrow and blood stem cell donations. Simply visit the Delete Blood Cancer site and take a quick quiz to see if you are eligible. If you are, request a home test kit to be sent to you. Then you just use the swabs they send you (rub them inside your mouth as directed) and mail them back. It’s really that simple. No cost to you and takes nearly no time. This could SAVE A LIFE.

It’s incredibly hard to find a match for people in need of blood marrow and blood stem cell donations, but if we all register, we can help each other. In 75% of donation cases, it’s very similar to donating plasma (where they take your blood, whirl it around to separate out what they need, and then give it back to you).

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The Delete Blood Cancer has a great FAQ page (answering questions like “Does donating hurt?” and “What’s the difference between bone marrow and blood stem cells?”) and they are also available to take your questions.

Special thanks to Amanda Zurita for introducing me to Delete Blood Cancer. When I visited her Instagram account, I read this in her bio:

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As a fellow auntie, I couldn’t help but click through and register. Let’s do this. Let’s all get registered. For Amanda’s cutie nephew and all kids and adults everywhere in need. There are so many illnesses that we can do nothing about, but this is not one of them! Just think of the happiness you’ll bring to so many if you’re able to save a life. Thanks to all my friends who have already registered, and Amanda for the inspiration and education. Join us.