We started a journey a few weeks ago to declutter our house. We both had read "The life-changing magic of tidying up" by Marie Kondo. It did not take a book to make me understand how clutter affects your life. Through the years,when we have been very busy and the house became cluttered and disorganized I would find myself get antsy. I am not a neat freak, but disarray for me, creates
an anxious sort of energy.
It is truly amazing how much stuff lives in our house...and I clean my closets every six months.
The interesting thing about Marie Kondo's book was her theory about letting go of stuff...if you don't love it, if it doesn't bring joy...time to let it go.
The house is beginning to feel lighter, that same sort of energy I feel each spring when we clean all the windows. Releasing things you don't love, that do not bring you joy is much easier than the thought process of will I use this, do I need this. So far, the process has been painless.
As I have talked to friends about this tidying up, I have found that many of them ( and they have not read the book) are doing the same thing. Maybe it is that stage in our lives when we understand, finally, we don't need all the stuff. Actually, I can remember my mom doing this a few years before she died.
We are about half way through the list, books and pictures and personal items will be next.
We will see how that goes. I think it might be a little more difficult, we shall see.
I hope your weekend has been a good one. Wishing you peace tomorrow, a day of rest and one of joy.