memory archive — day 83

This Sunday will be Hinamatsuri or Girls’ Day, here in Japan. It takes place every year on March 3rd and is celebrated by families with young daughters, wishing for a healthy and prosperous life for them. Besides the set-up of special dolls at families’ homes there are traditonal foods and beverages that will be consumend. These days all sorts of pink, white and green sweets as well as other treats are being sold in the lead-up to the day. That made me wonder whether the above pictured box of candy that we were given once as a gift (on a different time of the year though) had originally been a Hinamatsuri product. It definitely appealed to my daughter!

If you’d like to, you can find out more about Girls’ Day here.

memory archive — day 82

My daughter came home upset. She’d been at the park where she had been looking for her ski gloves she’d left there. She had found only one (a recurring theme in any household with young children, I suppose!). A bit annoyed I asked her throw the glove away which made her break out in tears. After a while she came over and asked me in a low voice whether I could take a picture of it for my blog. After this process she was happy to let go of the glove. I was amazed that my ‘memory archive’ method seems to work for children as well. This will definitely be useful again in the near future!

memory archive — day 81

Thanks god the trampoline is gone! We got it from a friend who hadn’t realised that the rubber string holding the mat in place was about to tear on one side. I hadn’t realised either. We’d been keeping it in the garden for about three years, hoping that the string wouldn’t rip mid-jump one day. As with so many items that I have been disposing over the past year, the kids didn’t even mention once that the trampoline was gone. Yet another encouragement to declutter!

memory archive — day 79

Happy New Year! It’s been, again, a long time since I’ve last written, making one of my new year’s resolutions the resurrection of this blog. We’ve only just come back from Europe where we spent some quality time with friends and family. Discarding our return flight boarding passes and luggage tags, which were piled up on the entrance cabinet, made me remember that I used to keep all those things as a teenager, when flying somewhere was still a novelty for me. Continue reading “memory archive — day 79”

memory archive — day 80

I believe I don’t know anyone who is into minimalistic design but isn’t a fan of the Japanese brand Muji. When moving to Japan, I was excited to go and see the brand’s flagship store, having only known a relatively small version in London (that was back four years ago). Actually, my first outing on my own in Tokyo, back then with baby in tow, was a 40 minutes walk to the Muji Concept Store in Aoyama — a big thing as, at that time, I hadn’t really been outside of our neighbourhood yet. Continue reading “memory archive — day 80”

memory archive — day 78

FINALLY, I am in the right frame of mind to start decluttering (and thus writing) again. I did a big tidy-up yesterday to get the house ready for a birthday party and this made me realise again how much happier and relaxed I feel when my home looks in order and things are cleared away.

To kick-off the countdown to 100 items (well, that’s my current goal as it feels achievable), I decided to say goodbye to a pair of craft turtles that I kept as I initially thought those were extremely cute. Continue reading “memory archive — day 78”

memory archive — day 77

Summer holidays are upon us and I’ve been struggling to keep up with my ambitious project of discarding and posting every day. I’m not giving up quite yet though as I’m still having high hopes for achieving my clutter-free home eventually.

I have to apologise for, yet again, posting a story about a kids’ toy but I like the little story behind this one too much for not including it here. Continue reading “memory archive — day 77”

memory archive — day 76

A slightly, retouched picture of a shrivelled up Sophora Prostrata. A shrub native to New Zealand and a plant which had recently become one of my favourite, small, decorative plants, due to its delicate branches, growing zigzag. Sadly, it only made it a couple of months in our house. We’d put it in our entranceway or genkan – the traditional, Japanese area of a house where you put off your shoes before entering. It was a beautiful, welcoming sight, I thought, and a great object to keep the shoe cabinet top clutter-free and tidyContinue reading “memory archive — day 76”

memory archive — day 75

I still remember vividly the big  giraffe backpack on my daughter’s back. She must have been around two years old back then. It looked big on her but at the same time she looked so grown-up and  confident wearing it; giving me a glimpse of what it will look and feel like when she’d be starting school one day. I can’t believe this event is just around the corner now. Time flies…