I’m Knick Knackered Out

 

I’ve been doing a lot lately to reduce stress in my life.  From working on my goals for this year, to spending more time with loved ones, and reading lots recently about minimalism, simplifying my life, organization, etc.  Three of my favourite reads of late have been The More Of Less by Joshua Becker (great newsletter too), The Productivity Project by Chris Bailey, and a couple of the books by the now very much talked about Marie Kondo.  Next on my to read list is Getting Things Done by David Allen.  But I haven’t gotten that done yet.

I don’t know about you, but for me, physical clutter creates mental clutter.  And mental clutter gives me mental stress.  And mental stress leads to physical stress.  And then I yell at my kids.  Well, not very often, but I craft in my head what I would like to yell at them.  And then I drink more coffee and play solitaire instead.  Most of the time.  (Hey, I’m just being honest with you okay?)

All of this book reading, my trying-to-get-trademarked creation of a “Mom’s Mother of Blistering Barnacles Cleaning List”, and the long awaited departure of snow on the ground, have motivated me to get some spring cleaning done.  An overall theme of it is to purge! purge! purge!  I want more love of less items, to be surrounded only by things that spark joy in my life, and to stop having to clean, move, organize, and dust stuff over and over again.  One of the target zones is all of the gosh darn knick knacks I have.  I’m knick knackered out.

I’m a big lover of music, and HAVE to have some playing while I clean house.  And if This Old Man is what Columbo’s wife hums while she hangs up his raincoats and deodorizes the cigar smells, then maybe I have a chance to accomplish some good cleaning too.

I’ve even made up my own lyrics to the tune to inspire me – care to sing along?

 

This Ole Gal

[to the tune of the Barney theme song, oops, sorry, I mean This Old Man]

This ole gal, she took one,
Grabbed a knick knack, so much fun,
With a knick knack paddywhack,
Took it out of her home,
This old gal is chanting ohm.

This ole gal, she took two,
Fewer knick knacks, oh yahoo,
With a knick knack paddywhack,
Took it out of her home,
This ole gal is chanting ohm.

This ole gal, she took three,
Now she’s really on a spree,
With a knick knack paddywhack,
Took it out of her home,
This ole gal is chanting ohm.

This ole gal, she took four,
Crazy she thought they were decor,
With a knick knack paddywhack,
Took it out of her home,
This ole gal is chanting ohm.

This ole gal, she took five,
Now she’s dancing a jiggy jive,
With a knick knack paddywhack,
Took it out of her home,
This ole gal is chanting ohm.

This ole gal, she took six,
Why did she have all those candlesticks?
With a knick knack paddywhack,
Took it out of her home,
This ole gal is chanting ohm.

This ole gal, she took seven,
Now she really is in heaven,
With a knick knack paddywhack,
Took it out of her home,
This ole gal is chanting ohm.

This ole gal, she took eight,
Feeling like a lot less weight,
With a knick knack paddywhack,
Took it out of her home,
This ole gal is chanting ohm.

This ole gal, she took nine,
Is that cup of Frankenstein?
With a knick knack paddywhack,
Took it out of her home,
This ole gal is chanting ohm.

This ole gal, she took ten,
Perhaps she has found her zen,
With a knick knack paddywhack,
Took it out of her home,
This ole gal is chanting ohm.

 

 

 

 

Featured image:   mine – a slightly lopsided pic of a couple shelves on my knick knack holder – yes, that’s what I really call it!  And yes, those are Tim Horton’s Christmas tree ornaments you’re seeing.

 


Listen to music.  It could save your soul.  Be kind.  It could save someone’s world.  Wear a hat.  It could save your life.

 

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