I started de-cluttering recently. Filing things in the bin is very therapeutic. One of the things I got rid of was a bunch of old Women’s Weekly cookbooks – my cook book shelf was a raggedy old mess and I could never find anything. Besides, everything is online now.
Obviously I kept my Nigellas, my Jamie Olivers, my Ottolenghis and so on, but all the old recipe mags and pages I’d ripped out, all gone. It was very cleansing. But how now to organise the bits and bobs I pick up from My Mates and broader community? How to record when I went googling for how to do or make something I have a hunch could be made cheaper at home?
Old-School journaling. I have a nice crisp new notebook (never was a shopping trip for a $4 item so exciting), and, because I am me, a special writing pen for when I am thinking thoughts of great import. Serious thinky-thinky brain moments n’that.
Now I have somewhere to put My Mate Jessie’s recipe for homemade hand wash, and My Mate Laura’s recipe for homemade spray and wipe, and My Mate Kathryn’s granola recipe.
This is where I can add recipes I see on TV or see online and add notes where I’ve changed ingredients. This is where I can add whatever recipe for hummus or cheese or pesto I have settled on as the best after trialling a few.
It makes my life changes organised but it also makes them real. They aren’t old ideas ripped out of magazines. They aren’t a million bookmarks in google. They aren’t that thing I saw somewhere but now can’t remember where to find it. And it’s not that annoying phone call to a friend to ask “What was that thing you told me for the thing?”
It’s my work in progress. It’s a diary of discovery. It’s a gold mine of tried and tested ideas.
Writing things down makes them real and permanent. I don’t know about you, but when I write things in my own hand, I tend to process them better, think about it, cogitate, mull, imagine (until my hand hurts, obviously). There’s commitment when you write things down. There’s momentum. It makes solid the values and hopes that you have for how you want to do life.
And you get to buy a pretty notebook.