I'm still working on ways to cope with stress in my life (without stressing myself out about how to de-stress!).
In addition to these strategies, I recently decided to dedicate two full days to re-organizing our house. I know not everyone gets unconsciously or consciously stressed out by clutter, but I do.
It's a catch-22 because I don't like to pick up clutter and yet I don't like having it around. Argh!
Even worse, the more stressed I am, the messier things get, and the less I feel like I have time to pick things up.
I decided to stop the cycle and just spend two days organizing our craft room and bedroom. Our closets still had stacks and stacks of book boxes from our move over a year ago. I decided to go through hundreds of books and get rid of the ones I've been saving but not using since high school.
Since I've invested thousands of dollars in books over the years, I decided to try to resell them at a local used bookstore. My piles and piles of books amounted to a whopping $83. I almost cried.
Even worse, Matt and I used the money to buy some new [used] books. We got the Lonely Planet guided to British Columbia for our trip this summer, and I bought two other books:
- Only Nuns Change Habits Overnight: 52 Amazing Ways to Master the Art of Personal Change by Karen Scalf Linamen
- Misconceptions: Truth, Lies, and the Unexpected on the Journey to Motherhood by Naomi Wolf
Oh well. It feels better to have less clutter.