Sunday, January 13, 2008

I'm in! Backaches and feng shui

I now own a house.

I'd gotten quite cynical, didn't think it was really going to happen, but I've got the keys, they've taken the For Sale sign down, and I've started to move stuff over. Must really be happening.

Damn, but I've got a lot of stuff.

I've moved three times in the last five years, so I'd gotten to the point where I just left stuff in boxes until I needed it. Yes, I'm lazy, but I've also been a pack rat all my life, and damn but I got a lot of stuff. I'm hoping that leaving it in boxes this last move has helped me disentangle myself.

One of the books I have on my overflowing shelves is called Clear your clutter with Feng Shui. I thought it was a joke; somehow it's hard to take a title like that seriously. But reading a book on a subject is one way to get myself motivated, and one thing the author said got me thinking.

According to the author (Karen Kingston), people who collect lots of clutter also tend to be overweight. In both cases, the excess is used as a buffer between the self and the outside world. This could be true, at least in my case. It's a theory I can test, at any rate.

I'm giving myself this week off from regular exercise. I justify this on the grounds that carrying endless boxes of stuff down two flights of stairs constitutes enough damn exercise already. Thankfully I only have to carry things up two stairs. (Not two flights, two stairs. My back loves this.)

Next week, I'm planning to do two things:
1- sort through all this damn stuff
2- go back to my regularly scheduled exercise program

I'll have more time to sort and exercise, since Verizon is cutting me off from Internet and phone for a whole week. I'll see if getting rid of stuff helps shed pounds.

Once I find where I packed the scale, that is.


Katharine O'Moore-Klopf said...

Oh, yeah, moving is more than enough exercise. Congrats!!!!!!!!!

The Merry said...

Thanks Katharine! :)

Heather said...

Im glad it finally happened! I hope you enjoy your new home and good luck unpacking!

the Bag Lady said...

Congratulations, Mary!
Ya know; there might be something to that Fen Shui thing about having lots of stuff and being overweight - that describes the Bag Lady, too...hmmm. Does getting rid of the 'stuff' qualify as exercise? 'Cause it would take the Bag Lady a lot of trips to the dump to get things under control!
Anyway, enjoy your new home!

Reb said...

I'm glad everything worked out for you with the house. Yes, moving does count as exercise! I may need to look for that book myself although I have done fairly well the last few years.
If you haven't looked in a box since two moves ago - don't, just give it away! ;)

McB said...

Uh, I think you're getting plenty of exercise without sticking to the schedule. Both weights and cardio.

As to the feng shui thing, attitude is attitude and everything is linked together.

The Merry said...

As far as I can figure out, most of the feng shui tips that I've read are basic common sense. (Putting up mirrors brings more natural light into a room, which makes it look more cheerful, that kind of thing.) The rest... well, if you believe in it, I think it will work for you. (People who walk under ladders and then expect bad luck -- well, it's a self-fulfilling prophecy, isn't it?)

And my back agrees about moving = exercise.

C said...

Yay for Mary! When does Tanji get to check out her new digs?

Crabby McSlacker said...


And is that a picture of the new place? It looks really nice.

And I have to agree with everyone else--you ARE exercising if you're schlepping boxes around.

Theresa said...

Woohoo! Yep, moving boxes is definitely work for you body. Definitely, give yourself a break!

Anonymous said...

Wishing you all the best in your new home Mary! xx

BCB said...

Oh hooray!! I think the traditional good luck housewarming gifts are bread and salt. (Don't ask me why, I have no idea.) I'll make a lovely focaccia with lots of garlic and black olives -- I seem to remember that it also has salt on it somewhere -- and mail it to you. By the time it gets there, I figure you can use it for a doorstop.

Have fun playing in your new place! Can't wait to see it for real. Why yes, I do believe that was a threat . . .