How De-Cluttering can Change Your Life Forever

If someone asked you if you are a hoarder, you’d probably say, “No. I keep my living space clean most of the time.”

Let me share a story about how I was not able to concentrate on writing the chapters to my new book, even though I cleaned and organized my office space and created an environment that was a pleasant space to think and write.

I would sit in this pleasant space I created, but my mind was blank.

“What’s wrong?” I would ask myself. I noticed that I had no problem writing if I go to a park or just sit in my car to write. Ideas would flow into my head, prompting me to write a whole chapter without any hesitation.

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One evening as I was ready to close down my computer, an email from Amazon popped into my in-box. There I found an introduction to a book I’ve never heard of… The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, written by Marie Kondo.

I immediately purchased the audio book and began my study. After listening to a few chapters, I became intrigued and couldn’t stop. Marie’s concept on tidying up was so different in thinking than what I was used to. I finished listening to it within a day.

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Next day, I came to my own conclusion as to why I was not able to think clear in my office. Even though the room looked visually tidy and organized, I knew culprits were lurking behind the closed closet doors, cabinets and drawers – haunting me. My mind felt cluttered because I knew there were tons of items behind those closed spaces that laid dormant for years. “Why are they there,” I asked myself.

The answer was quite simple. I have formed an emotional attachment to them and couldn’t bare the thought of saying good by. I kept saying to myself, “A day will come when I need them for one reason or another.” But the truth was, I would never use them because I honestly didn’t even remember what I had tucked away deep in the drawers and closets. I’m sure you can relate to what I am saying, can’t you?

Clean Japanese room design
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I am particularly bad with discarding my clothes. I feel like I would wear them again, even if I hadn’t worn them in two years or longer. After learning how to evaluate each clothing item, I am now able to ask the following questions:

Does this bring me joy?
Do I feel beautiful wearing this piece of clothing?
If I answer no to both questions, then there they go inside the give-away box.
Can you believe, I was able to wipe out a whole closet by asking these two questions?

Don’t get me wrong. I’m far from completely de-cluttering my living and business spaces, but I feel so good that I’m off to a good start. I’m sure that you will feel the same. You just have to take the first step and get started.

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I encourage you to read Marie Kondo’s book. It will change the way you think about your possessions that seem so important to you. You will make strides in saying good by to 50% or more of your belongings in every room and cheerfully let them go. You will be able to breath freely and go forward in your life with a more clear and a focused mind.

 

Here are some things that I learned from Marie Kondo’s book:

Respect and appreciate every object, including your home. They help you a great deal in making your life easier to live.
Live for today, not in yesterday or tomorrow.
Every item you discard, thank each item for their life-long service.
Do not discard here and there, in bits and pieces. Go all out!

When you’ve accomplished this task, know that the air will smell clean, rooms will feel spacious and you will be happier with your clear mind.
Thank you Marie Kondo for giving us this life-changing experience and showing us to think in a brand new way about our belongings.

Comments

Elaine
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Great points, Kay. I always have to have my work area clean before I can write, but I never thought about the messes behind closed closet doors. Removing all clutter. Here’s to happy writing with a peaceful mind.
Elaine

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