Last year I decided it was finally time for me to do the thing I've been telling others to do. I built a whole business around my main belief that we should only surround ourselves with things that either brings happiness or serves a real purpose. After reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and watching the Minimalists documentary I was inspired to make a significant change. 

“From the moment you start tidying, you will be compelled to reset your life. As a result, your life will start to change. That’s why the task of putting your house in order should be done quickly. It allows you to confront the issues that are really important. Tidying is just a tool, not the final destination. The true goal should be to establish the lifestyle you want most once your house has been put in order.” -Marie Kondo, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

“From the moment you start tidying, you will be compelled to reset your life. As a result, your life will start to change. That’s why the task of putting your house in order should be done quickly. It allows you to confront the issues that are really important. Tidying is just a tool, not the final destination. The true goal should be to establish the lifestyle you want most once your house has been put in order.” -Marie Kondo, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up


Why I did it:

Having my second child brought me so much joy alongside a never ending feeling of being overwhelmed. I felt that I was cleaning and picking up after my little humans all day long without having the proper time to focus on myself and my business. I was looking to really simplify my life so I wasn’t spending all my time cleaning, cooking or changing someone’s diaper.

And let me tell you, this process has REALLY helped take back control. I have been able to do the things that are important to me and started be the best version of myself every day by only wearing my favorite things.


 Lessons Learned:

The main lesson I got from examining my belongings one by one was having this sense of urgency in dealing with things seemingly unimportant. For someone that procrastinates as much as I do, this was life changing. 

I realized there was a pattern in my life in the way I dealt with putting things away in the past. Whenever I came across something out of place, I would quickly stash near the closest bin or basket available and that created a lot of frustration and anxiety trying to find specific items at times. 

Now, instead of having FIVE possible places where I stored scotch tape there’s only ONE. Everything has a designated place and putting it away is SO MUCH easier because I know exactly where to put and where to find when I need it. This may sound really small and even silly but when you are already feeling overwhelmed, not finding that scotch tape to wrap presents on December 24th can literally bring someone to tears.


Small changes, big impact:

I have learned to deal with things as they come. It’s not always big, in fact many of these things are so small and mundane that it’s hard to believe I haven’t done anything about it before. A perfect example is the amount of daily emails that I’m automatically subscribed to and do not care to receive. As these emails come, instead of deleting only to receive another one next week I take the extra 3 seconds to hit that beautiful and tiny “unsubscribe” button. And that folks is LIFE CHANGING!

But seriously, opening up my life to only having things that spark joy in me has opened up my heart and mind as well. If you haven’t read this little book yet, I strongly recommend you do so and start living the life you envision for yourself.


 
The process of assessing how you feel about the things you own, identifying those that have fulfilled their purpose, expressing your gratitude, and bidding them farewell, is really about examining your inner self, a rite of passage to a new life.
 

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