its been 600 hangover free days. 600 days of living. 

I know this because my good friend is 2 days ahead of me. I never counted days. I couldn’t figure out what I was tracking…

I clearly am not counting to somewhere, as this is not a temporary thing. And I deeply believe in taking each day as it comes.
I’m going to Kon-Mari my clothes today. I think it’s time to start the clean up. The flood forced me to purge the basement and I already feel lighter. I plan to do the entire house by the end of 2015.

I remember wanting to do this in early sobriety. That desire to start putting things in order. I could see all the half finished projects around the house that I had started over the years and put aside In favour of wine. Or finished poorly. 

But I decided to wait. Until I felt confident that clearing out the clutter would be helpful, not another drain on my already over stressed system.

So it’s taken 600 days to get to that point. I’m glad I waited. This is the right time to make space for the new. 

Stillness and peace


36 thoughts on “600

  1. I know the KonMari method only needs to be done once, so says Marie herself, but I use her teachings often. Her “does it bring you joy” constantly in my head and sometimes coming out of my mouth at my husband (who wanted to keep the business end of a 25 year old shovel whose handle had broken off recently because the scoop part “still worked”!! omg). It’s so cleansing. And healing, and stress relieving to have a neat clean space. I used to think i was being vein and materialistic but now I realize just how much of a mental relief it is not to have those concerns about clutter, garbage, needed trips to goodwill, etc. in the back of my mind. Congrats on 600 days!

  2. Anne, congrats on your 600 days. šŸ™‚ I am happy for you. šŸ™‚

    I just googled ‘Kon-Mari’ and started on my bookshelves. šŸ™‚ 5 Books out in 5 minutes. šŸ™‚
    I wish you a wonderful weekend and a good 600 day celebration of Life. šŸ™‚

    xx, Feeling

      1. I don’t know. Buying things seems to be a first chakra deficiency. I actually have 1 dress, 1 pair of jeans, 2 t-shirts long sleeve, 1 singlet, 1 skirt that still fit me. Solves a lot of problems. But… I don’t have to wear it professionally. But I really feel like continuing it for the rest of my life. If I were to lose weight my wardrobe would grow automatically with the 2 closets I have not looked at for 3 years…. :-D. We shall see, as you say: in the right time.
        I wish you a clear cleaning mind and steadfastness. And if you have, take some Crap Apple from the Bach remedies, that always makes me throw out everything. šŸ˜‰
        xx, Feeling

  3. Fantastic achievement and a real inspiration. I too look around and see half done jobs chores and decorating. But I’m learning not to stress and just do what I can ( it’s really difficult! )! But I just have to be patient and trust that things will get better. Your kind words and support are a real gift to me.

  4. I don’t count days either. I know my one year anniversary comes up next month, and I will most probably notice its coming every year, but I, too, try to take life one day at a time. 600 is, however, such a round and happy number! Congratulations! Always encouraging to read of your joy, Anne.

    1. I can’t even begin to say how much brighter I feel having done my clothes and shoes.

      I also did the bathrooms. But what joy is there in band aids? In the end I kept stuff we use. The rest went.

      1. When I did my bath all my bandaids had cartoon characters on them! It made me a little sad that those days are over. That was a fun stage of bandaids & a kiss for every owie.

  5. Hi Anne it’s exploring something else here…. i found your blog at last not sure what took so long but I’m really pleased I found it. Have spent every spare minute today reading as much as possible from the beginning. Really glad I got to read your story, you’re an inspiration x

  6. I’ve spent the last few days doing a dry run to get ready for KonMari. Like a dress rehearsal, LOL. I’m three huge bags stuffed already, and I’ve discovered underwear I haven’t worn in five years! And I’ve been folding my socks all month after reading about how our socks do so much for us. I think I’ll be moving every single clothing item to my bedroom floor later this week. I’m nervous, but excited too. Evolution and growth. A gratitude for the most basics. Realization that it’s all JUST STUFF. “Mountains of Things” by Tracy Chapman…

    Congrats on the 600+ days. It’s so nice to “see” you! Love the pic šŸ™‚

  7. I have the book.
    have had it for a few weeks now….
    haven’t opened it! lol

    When i moved house into apartment i kon-mari’d the shit out of everything, not with any awareness tho, out of necessity.
    I’m ready to finish the work started there….
    maybe i’ll pick up the book today!

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