Earlier this year, one of my newsletters I read featured a woman who was no longer going to worry about folding her socks. She said that it took up a lot of time, and frankly, she didn’t care. (Her husband was apparently scandalised.)
The point I got wasn’t that socks don’t need to be folded (heh) but rather that it’s best to do away with or amend certain things or routines that don’t add that much value to my life compared to the time, effort and mental space I put in.
So I’ve decided to give up a few things that I felt I had to do or aspired to do.
For one, I’ve always wanted to be one of those people who looked immaculate and polished all the time. But I realised I wanted to do it on my own terms. A few weeks ago, I threw out all of my nail polish bottles. I love the look of polished nails, but I don’t have the skills or the patience to do my own. And I don’t want to pay to have them done elsewhere.
Two, I also threw out some of my makeup. I went out and bought a bunch of them a few years ago. Unfortunately, I had to accept the fact that most of it had probably expired by now after being rarely used. Oh well. I really couldn’t find the time in the mornings.
Three, I also pared down some of my exercise routines. A few years ago, I had a lot more free time. I worked out around 4 or 5 times a week. Things have become busier though, so I’ve had to cut down, or in some cases, give up on some things entirely. I’ve learned not to beat myself up too much about not getting as much exercise as I used to.
(Cutting down on my reading and being social media-less is related to it as well. I no longer feel like I need to catch up on social media feeds, for example. I caught up with a friend last week and she brought up so many things I didn’t know about, haha! But I don’t miss it.)
So now I keep asking myself — where else am I trying to fold socks?