So today we’re loving

and I’m loving so much right now I can’t hardly talk about it. For starters, I woke up the other morning to a lovely email from the producer of the Lady Julia TV series asking my thoughts on casting. (He mentioned an actress I ADORE for the role of Julia, so I’ve been floating ever since.) I also have a book coming out in Italy this week–it’s the Italian version of A SPEAR OF SUMMER GRASS–and my Italian publisher has been hugely enthusiastic on social media about this one. It’s the first time I’ve done foreign interviews, and they’ve been a blast. And third, I received a lovely invitation to lunch with the UK editor of the Veronica Speedwell series when I’m in London! That’s a lot of fun stuff in one week, no? (Oh, speaking of the UK, if you’re a reader in the London area, I’m pondering the idea of tweeting out a time and place–most likely the second weekend in July in a pub–for a meetup. We can chat and have a pint and I’ll sign books. Sound good?)

What else am I loving? The decluttering I’ve been doing like a FIEND. Yep, I’ve hopped on the KonMari bandwagon, peeps. (The KonMari method of tidying up was created by Marie Kondo and involves purging your living space. In a single day.) I’m sure you’ve heard of this book; it’s been EVERYWHERE. I finally knuckled under and bought it and it was a life-changer. I did tweak her method–if “tweak” means “ignored a major part and did what I wanted”. There’s no way I was purging everything in a single day. But I’m not sure it matters in my case because I’m adhering to her most important principle: everything you touch should bring you joy. That is a VERY high bar, I realized when I looked in my closet and felt blah. I grabbed garbage bags and started flinging. When the dust settled, 2/3 of my wardrobe was gone. I’ve purged 80% of my jewelry, and half my makeup. It’s BLISS. I have had the odd moment of opening my closet and thinking, “WHAT THE HELL AM I GOING TO WEAR?” but what I have left I really like, it all works together, it fits, and it makes me happy. Everything I purged was “good enough”. Bah. Life’s too short for “good enough”.

Since I’ve cleared so much out, I was able to get rid of the stacks of shoe boxes, the hanging shelf system, the teetering stacks of bags. All I have left are things I WANT to have left. I’ve done a little shopping since I finished, but it was to fill gaps with things that work with everything else. I replaced my Hunter wellies which were excruciatingly uncomfortable with a pair of Naot Beth rain boots with a great fit. I have a running list in my phone of things I need so I can keep an eye out, but other than that, I don’t really care about shopping just to do it.

I applied the same principle to my enormous stack of library books, tossing everything back into the return bag except a few Ngaio Marsh mysteries. I did a hard book purge last winter, but I may do another in a week or so since I am seriously loving all the fresh energy in the house. Some philosophies would say it’s because the decluttering is improving the chi–all I know is everything feels lighter and brighter and simpler. I’ve also stopped using the dryer on my clothes. At least half of what I got rid of were clothes that I liked but that the dryer had faded, pilled, stretched, or otherwise mauled. Now I do a smaller load and hang it all up in the spare bath. If clothes can look happier, mine do.

I’ve also been inspired by–okay, I’m going to shudder when I type this, but bear with me–capsule wardrobes. No, seriously, I HATE that phrase. But there are loads of bloggers who specialize in them, sharing scads of fabulous advice. I think I’ve figured out how to put one together for our July trip to London and Paris–two weeks on ten items. I will blog it if this thing comes to pass because let’s face it, that might be my finest hour.

In other news, it’s bucketing down with rain today, but the honeysuckle along our fence is in bloom, I have a vase of peonies on my desk and a cup of coconut green tea, so all is well.

What are YOU loving today?

11 thoughts on “So today we’re loving”

  1. Sallie says:

    My goal for decades now is to fit all my personal belongings in the trunk of my car and move to a hotel.

  2. emily says:

    um, THIS POST is what I’m loving right now!

  3. Betty Strohecker says:

    I’m loving the inspiration I got from reading about your purging – thanks!

    I’m loving that I’m reading a great book with two people that like the books I like.

    And, I’m loving that it’s raining buckets to water the flowers I recently planted.

    Yes, it’s a wonderful day!

    1. Lynne says:

      What a nice compliment, Betty…thanks! In the fall we’ll read Deanna’s new book.

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    2. SuzanneH says:

      Thanks Betty, that was a really sweet thing to say. I am loving our reading too. But I don’t know if I can join you with reading Deanna’s book so soon. Amazon sent me an email saying that they could no longer give an expected release date for it and that they have cancelled my order. The nerve!! I know what they are doing as it has happened twice since to two other kindle books I have pre-ordered and they have changed the kindle release date to after the paperback is released in 2016.

  4. Kerrie Howard says:

    This is so appropriate! I moved and now need to purge as I’m in a much smaller place. I love your books and you’re also helpful on a personal level. I’m not sure I could ask for more.

  5. Lynne says:

    OMG – if you did that to my closet, Deanna, I’d have to strangle you!! Okay, seriously – that purging thing is a good lesson for us all. I try to do a gentle version every season. If it no longer fits or is out of style or I just haven’t worn it for ages, it’s gone!

    I love that the tv series is really rolling along – so very exciting!

    I love that you get to go to London – but I’m just a bit jealous, too. London is wonderful!

    I love that summer is here and my patio is finally clean and livable!

  6. Jamie G says:

    Appointments today, Friday, and tomorrow. I see a day of Purging on Sunday and imagine the start of my day on Monday. Beautiful thought. Thank you for sharing!

  7. Libby Dodd says:

    There is the 20/80 “rule”.
    20% of the people do 80% of the work. For example. (And don’t we all know some of that remaining 80% that does next to nothing?)
    Regarding your wardrobe purge, we usually wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time. The rest are just taking up closet (drawer, shelf, whatever) space.
    But like toxic “friends”, it’s hard to let them go, isn’t it?

  8. SuzanneH says:

    I am loving having a purge too. First it was the kitchen, which is now finished, and I am now up to the study. I have taken so many bags of books and videos to my local op shop that I got the feeling yesterday they were thinking, oh no, she’s back again! It is amazing how much stuff one can accumulate in just a few years.

    Now that the kitchen is finished I am loving going into domestic goddess mode and filling up my new freezer with soups and stews and pasta sauces ready for winter.

    I am also loving winter. Although technically it doesn’t start for another week and a half, it is cold, so in reality it is already here.

    Congratulations! It really sounds as if the Lady Julia series is a goer now. So very exciting! Gosh, I wish I lived in London. The pub celebration sounds marvellous.

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