#OctoberOverhaul Over 50s Lifestyle

Could you do a radical declutter of your life?

September 30, 2021
Sue at 64

During September, I read ‘Spring Clean for the Peach Queen’ by Sasha Walsey and what I thought was going to be a light read (which is was) actually gave me pause to stop and consider making some major changes which I’ve been tossing around for some time but haven’t been able to commit to. You can find the blurb of the book here on Goodreads but reading this book has certainly lit a spark inside me.

This is from Goodreads:

 Lottie embarks on a radical declutter of her life, Marie Kondo-style. She casts out everything that got her into trouble: her phone, socials, make-up and a tendency to tell little white lies – to herself and others.

Now Lottie’s declutter of her life will be different to mine but the principle is still the same – letting go of what doesn’t spark joy – simple! (or is it?)

At the end of August I wrote Sometimes you just have to press the Pause Button because I needed to. So it was a timely message when I read Spring Clean for the Peach Queen, which prompted me to get serious about evaluating what sparks joy in my life and letting go of what doesn’t – even if I feel guilty doing it.

Using the Mary Kondo-style approach which Lottie (the former Peach Queen) uses in her life and that of others is hopefully going to bring me to a place of joy and contentment in life.

I’ve also been inspired by my friend and author, Jo Tracey from AndAnyways wrote a post Excess Baggage – A Restart. Jo has been having her own lifestyle struggles and after reading her post, I was motivated and inspired to follow her lead. Pop over and read Jo’s post and tell me you aren’t motivated!

Could you do a radical declutter of your life?

I’m calling it my October Overhaul

It is Spring here in Australia so what better time to start than during October for my October Overhaul.

Basically I will be exploring my life and undertaking a complete overhaul including

  • Health and Fitness
  • Relationships
  • Blogging/Podcast/Newsletter/Social media – what to keep and what to let go
  • Environment
  • Finances
  • How I use my time

I want to share with you any learnings, tips or advice that I come across that I feel may be helpful to you and also welcome your thoughts and ideas.

I’ve decided to start writing a regular ‘Living Well’ series. I would like to commit to this weekly, but ‘No’, I’m not going to add pressure to an already full plate. I’ll be sharing what I’m doing, what is working, what isn’t and any healthy lifestyle tips I’ve read about. That includes health in mind, body and spirit. You can scroll passed the post if you wish, I won’t be offended, but it is a commitment to myself to document on a regular basis what I’m doing.

If you were to assess your own life, what is one thing that gives you an ‘infinite spark of joy’ And what is one thing you might choose to ‘spring clean’ from your life?

How about you? Do you need to make some changes to your lifestyle?

Share with me what you are doing and we can compare notes.

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  • Reply Toni Pike September 30, 2021 at 11:25

    A great article, Sue. I’ve been through a few declutters over the last few years – and think it is an important thing to do in all aspects of life. The current lockdown has been a good chance to think about my life going forward – and how to keep it focused on what matters to me. Toni x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 1, 2021 at 18:16

      Thanks Toni, I’ve been putting this off for some time and it is more about the areas of my life rather than physical things that I need to declutter. I’m looking forward to making some changes. x

  • Reply Donna Connolly September 30, 2021 at 14:03

    Hi, Sue – I’ve used the Marie Kondo style to ‘declutter’ different areas of my life that I felt were getting bogged down. I felt that it worked very well. For me, it is definitely a work in progress and there are several areas that I need to review and revise again.
    This is a very inspirational post. I look forward to following your ‘October Overhaul’!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 1, 2021 at 18:15

      Hi Donna, you would ‘get’ what I’m trying to do then and like you, I think it will definitely be a work in progress and take longer than October. I’d love to hear any gems you found during your ‘declutter’.

  • Reply Joanne Tracey September 30, 2021 at 14:56

    So looking forward to this…and just how good was that book? As an aside, thanks for the shout-out!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 1, 2021 at 18:14

      Hi Jo, you are my inspiration for my October Overhaul so thank you. Yes I loved the book too and really took so much from it, more than I realised at the time.

  • Reply Christine September 30, 2021 at 16:00

    Good for you. I shall be interested to watch what you decide to keep and what you choose to discard. Hope you enjoy the cull.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 1, 2021 at 18:13

      Hi Christine, I think it might take longer than October. For me it is no so much about the physical stuff but decluttering my life in other ways that have crept in and are now robbing me of time and joy. x

  • Reply Christine September 30, 2021 at 17:48

    Hi Sue, I have just finished reading “ Spring Clean for the Peach Queen” and loved it! Like you it has made me think about what I need to do the “Condor” method on as Mrs B called it. I will be interested to read your posts.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 1, 2021 at 18:12

      Yes it was a surprise book for me that is for sure, Christine. Yes, loved Mrs B and her ‘Condor’ method I always smiled when I read that. x

  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au September 30, 2021 at 22:49

    Hi Sue – I had a similar epiphany in May last year – brought about by a combination of retirement and covid lockdown that made me stop and re-evaluate what I was filling my life with and whether it sparked joy. I worked from a quote of hers: “Keep only those things that speak to your heart. Then take the plunge and discard all the rest. By doing this, you can reset your life and embark on a new lifestyle.” I kept a lot of my interests and commitments, but discarded a few that weren’t making me happy and replaced them with new interests that I’ve enjoyed more.
    I’m looking forward to seeing where you go with your Marie Kondo-ing. x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 1, 2021 at 18:12

      Hi Leanne, yes you did make some changes and was it that long ago – time flies. The Marie Kondo quote is the one that was mentioned in the Spring Clean for the Peach Queen book and it is a great approach to most things in our life isn’t it?

  • Reply suzanne September 30, 2021 at 23:12

    Sue, I love how the freshness of Spring inspires change. Good for you for taking a closer look at what contributes joy to your life. I went through a ‘forced’ decluttering in July when we sold our home, but since then I have been evaluating beyond the ‘stuff.’ Just this week I declined an invitation to play on a tennis team for the season. I realized that the time commitment weighed against the joy factor is no longer in sync for me. Something that brings me joy and that I still want in my life is travel, or at least for now, the anticipation of travel.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 1, 2021 at 18:10

      Yes, Suzanne that is what I want to do evaluate ‘beyond the stuff’. I’m looking at all areas of my life including mental health, creating boundaries and I love your idea of time commitment weighed against the joy factor. I always enjoy your thoughtful comments. Take care. x

  • Reply Debbie Harris October 1, 2021 at 15:06

    I’ll definitely be following along Sue to see what you decide to keep in and what brings you joy throughout your month of your overhaul. Jo’s post was very open and honest and I and keen to see how you both do things in your own ways.
    It’s a great way to welcome spring and that book was a fabulous read I have to say!! I went on to read the next two in the series and enjoyed them just as much. All the best xx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 1, 2021 at 18:09

      Hi Deb, I’m not sure where it will take me, but I need to do something to make changes and start afresh. Spring is a good time for new beginnings isn’t it and Jo has certainly inspired me. xx

  • Reply Jane October 3, 2021 at 23:30

    Looking forward to your discoveries during this time!!! Excited to follow along!!! Our garage needs a purge as well as the room formerly known as my office (pre-retirement this year).

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 4, 2021 at 18:01

      Hi Jane, I think it is more about letting go of what I’m not enjoying at the moment. My mind especially is quite cluttered so I need to work on that for sure. Physical purging of things I don’t use or need will be liberating I believe. Thanks for stopping by and if you have any tips send them my way xx

  • Reply Natalie October 4, 2021 at 10:09

    Hi Sue – I’ve been decluttering different areas of my life over time. It’s a work in progress and a reiterative process. Every step forward makes me feel good. I look forward to following along and exchanging ideas.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 4, 2021 at 18:04

      Hi Natalie, yes I feel that it will be a work in progress and mainly I think it is more about decluttering my mind rather than the physcial ‘clutter’. I’d love to hear your tips and advice. xx

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