February 21, 2018

Haiku and Peace of Mind #13

Winter Storm (photo taken on my property)
Over the wintry
forest, winds howl in  rage
with no leaves to blow.
  ----Haiku by Natsume Soseki (1275-1351)

Japanese haiku and brush painting are good for what ails you.
They calm the mind and bring order to thinking just as Mozart brings on an orderly mind and enables your intelligence to bloom.
The pure simplicity is freeing for mind and body. Simplicity is one key to a good life.
This includes simplicity in your home and surroundings and in your dealings with people
Put on the Mozart, throw out the clutter, organize your space, simplify your life and home and you will see the difference that it will make.
Why not begin by clearing out a cluttered corner in your house? Things seem to accumulate in certain corners and play with your mind psychologically. Once they are cleared you will feel lightness.

Here are some key elements to keeping a clean house:
1. Dump out the junk drawer.  It's junk. Get rid of it.
2. If you buy something new, throw something out. Don't be a pack rat
.If you can't throw something out, then you don't need something new!
3. As you cook, clean up as you go, don't wait until later.
4.  If you mess it up, clean it up right away.
5. If you use it, put it away as soon as you are done.  Don't wait.
6. Clean something in the house every day. Don't let things build up.
7. Make you bed every day. Put clothing in hamper or back on a hanger as soon as you take it off.
8. Never let laundry pile up.
9. Put things back in their proper place each and every time you use them.


  1. Love the Haiku. Now, see, I have been telling my husband for ages to get rid of the junk drawer...his response, "But, Linda, you might never know when you need something." Sigh

    Have a beautiful day friend. smiles

  2. Such good tips, Annie! I went down the list and could check off many of them and now I intend to work on the ones I couldn't check off. Thank you, friend!

  3. Wednesday Haiku:
    Cat curled behind me,
    My now narrow perch,so sweet.
    Chair filled with love, warmth.
    Great suggestions for uncluttering !
    Be well,my friend !

  4. What a charming and useful post you're sharing with us today, dearest Annie, I simply love it!

    Wishing you a most lovely remainder of your week,
    I'm sending blessings across the many miles

    XOXO Dany

  5. Love your photo Annie and believe it or not that list is definitely me. I can't stand clutter or hoarding. My family say i'm OCD. LOL! Have a day of blessings my friend.

  6. It seems I'm always in decluttering mode. It never used to be that way but chronic illnesses have played into my inability to "keep up" to things. I hope you are doing well with the decluttering and that your heart is also good. I remember reading you had to wear something for 30 days. xx

  7. Yikes...you and Debbie over at Breathing in Grace are ganging up on me today!!! Decluttering...sounds like a conspiracy!! I'm guilty of needed to declutter...but I hardly know where to begin...Thank you for the words of encouragement...I will try to put them to good use soon. This was good, btw.

  8. I totally agree that when things are clutter free I feel like can breathe....my husband, on the other hand, could care less. He's no help and it's hard to do it alone. :(

  9. Some good advise! I hate clutter and feel my whole mind cluttered when I have it. Living in a smaller space now, I have less space for clutter but it still happens.

  10. I can truthfully say I do them all....well almost. When it comes to #1 and 2 I'm a complete failure. {{sigh}}


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