Surround Yourself with Love

declutter-tidy-office-space-clean-magic-of-tidying-up-marie-kondoLove! Peace! Harmony! Wouldn’t it be great if everything and everyone in your life was full of love and peace, and made you feel absolutely amazing? Then you would feel amazing all the time!

There is a trick to this, and I think I’m on to something. Have you read “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing” by Marie Kondo? This book is all about decluttering your living and work spaces. You fill your space with only things that spark joy. Think about that for a second. Your home, your workspace…filled with ONLY things that bring you joy. Her method is to examine each and every single object starting with categories (instead of a type of by room) and see if each object instills joy in your energy. At first, it’s a little strange thinking of your possessions that way, but soon, it gets easy. You start with the easiest of your things: clothes, then move onto other categories in the order she lists in her book. The entire point is to discard anything that does not instill joy.

Surrounding yourself with loved personal possessions is wonderful. I know we all have our keepsakes, mementoes, and sentimental items. But let’s be honest. What good do they do for you if they locked in a box in the closet? Or in your nightstand? The things that are extra important should be shown!

I followed her method with an open mind, and I am so happy I did! I got rid of so much! I sold, donated, and gifted a lot of my possessions, and it made me happy to have them out of the house. For example, shirts that didn’t fit quite right, but I thought “maybe one day I’ll wear them”…were discarded.  Jewelry I borrowed from friends, I returned. Keepsakes that didn’t spark joy were removed from my living space. My bedroom is much more comfortable and it seems it has an uplifting energy now.

Besides learning to discard things, you’ll learn the importance of ‘everything has a place’, and how to things back where they belong. Seems easy, right? Well, how many of you have pens in multiple drawers? Have “junk” drawers throughout the house? Or have books stored in multiple places? I know I did. Following her program has helped me have a “home” for all my possessions, making my living space cleaner, happier, and more of a sanctuary that it should be.

How does this tie in to a healthy mindset? Well, look at it this way. I cleaned up my living space, which gave me more time to enjoy the things I do like doing.  Through the extra release of endorphins and the extra time I had, I felt more relaxed in my own home. It helped me think more clearly, and be able to see a vision of what a truly wanted. The lifestyle I wanted, and what my personal goals were. It’s invigorating to have a direction of where you want to go! It also helped me bite the bullet and make a decision on where I wanted to go next!

After reading the book and putting her program into practice, I realized I had so much STUFF! So after eliminating so much, I realized I had shed the stress of a lot of things I was carrying around without even knowing it. Energy can be stored in anything. If it’s not inspiring you or sparking joy, why have it around? They are just material objects anyway.

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