No, I am not writing about further education, lifestyle changes, relocating to another area, divorce, dramatic weight loss, or an appearance make over. So, what am I referring to? 

How about tidying, declulttering and organizing your way to a harmonious life? Doesn't that sound like a grand idea? It definitely does to me.

I began simply enough one day by donating about half of the clothes and shoes in my closet and arranging what was left by color and type. I loved the result, and more importantly, it made me feel good. 

I ran across a book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: the Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing  by Marie Kondo. 

I'm not alone in my penchant for hanging on to possessions too long. Ms. Kondo has a month's long client waiting list and #1 New York Times Best-selling book that's sold over 2 million copies. That's a lot of de-cluttering.

Have a look at her results.

Ms. Kondo has simple guidelines: Imagine your ideal life. How do you want to live?

Gather and categorize items. Ms. Kondo recommends starting with clothes. Apparently, I'm off on the right foot.

Ask yourself, which of your things spark joy? She says to take and touch each item in your hands to make this determination.

Sort all goods, determine where each item should be and put them in their proper place. Sounds easy enough.


The difficulty lies in letting go of what we don't like. We hang on to our possessions for the wrong reasons; they were gifts, inherited, the money we spent, we'll read that book later. Ms. Kondo would have us heed the words of Frozen's Queen Elsa, "Let it go." She offers a helpful method for doing just that. She suggests bowing to possessions we part with thanking them for their service. This will make us feel less guilty about parting with them, and allow greater attachment to the items we keep. I'm willing to give it a try. How about you?

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