Monday, January 5, 2015

Reflect, Reduce, Renew

There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness, and truth. -Leo Tolstoy 

I have started this year out differently. The plan is to go through my entire home and reflect on the things that I own. To make sure that I am surround by things that give me joy.  So  I will hold every object that I own and if it does not make my heart go pitter patter out it goes. 

I want to reduce what I own so that I am not burdened with stuff. This was easy when we moved every two years. Tougher now that we have lived in our home for 16 1/2 years.

And finally I want to deep clean and renew my environment. Once this process is done, then I will decide on longer term goals. So far I have cleaned out two bathroom closets and my entire kitchen. Yep every cabinet and my pantry and it also now also sports new shelf paper. I even went through my spices! I cannot tell you how uplifting this felt.

One New Year's day, I read the life-changing magic of tidying up: the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing by Marie Kondo. This book is a best seller in Japan, Germany and the UK. She did not share anything that I did not already know but it was an excellent reminder. Her point "when we really delve into the reasons for why we can't let something go, there are only two: an attachment to the past or a fear of the future" has given me much food for thought as I go through the process.

My dad died in March. He promised many times that he would leave things in good shape because his legal guardian did not. Well, my dad did not live up to his promise. I know that want to be surround by things that give me joy and I certainly do not want to leave my children with the burden of dealing with my stuff. How about you?


  1. I like your attitude and your approach, Good food for thought!

  2. Thanks! It is an interesting process. Am feeling lighter!

  3. The book is on order - we have done a great deal already, but there is more to be done ... Thanks for sharing your resolve!

  4. Guess many of us are thinking that way.. I would like to get things straight, not for the "kids" but for myself. Less dust that way.. Best way is to take it a space at a time,, in 20 years, I might just get it done! PS, I still have boxes from my mother in the barn, and she passed in the 80's. Like your energy!

  5. Absolutely a great way to start your year. I've had a life-long habit of going through at least one room about every 6 months. Lots of moving when I was young and at the start of careers kept this habit going. Someone else will make good use of your item and you feel so much lighter and energetic.


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