One of the reasons I cleaned out my closet was because my son Max wants to take a trip to Florida and he was talking about selling some of his clothes to gather some money. I figured I could help him out with that. When I went into the task with a purpose it was a lot easier to let things go. I realize he’s not going to make a million bucks selling my old clothes but it might help him out a little. Clothes are so funny. We keep them even when we don’t wear them and pass by them without giving it a second thought. The clothes are just there being useless. You know what I mean? I literally touched each piece of perfectly good clothing and thought, “ I don’t even like you. I don’t feel good wearing you. You have to go.....goodbye” It feels good to be able to see the clothes that I actually do wear and to be able to pick out something I know I will love and feel good in. So max texted me the other day and asked, “ have you seen the show Tidying UP on Netflix? I think you’d like it” In 3 days, I watched the entire first season. I thought it was funny that the first step in tidying up is to go through your wardrobe..... Lay it all out in a pile and touch each piece and only keep the pieces that “spark joy”. Don’t you love that? Spark joy? I didn’t have a name for it when I went through the process but that’s exactly what it was. So anyway, the lady on that show has a whole method of tidying up your house and basically your life by teaching people how to surround theirselves with only the items that spark joy and how to appreciate their possessions and honor them by organizing them in ways that look appealing. It’s a pretty fantastic show. She starts out with clothing then moves on to books.......then paper piles....then kitchen, bath, and miscellaneous crap. Yesterday, I made a pile of all my books in the living room. I have a lot books. I LOVE books. I may have a bigger pile of books than I did clothing. So today, I am in the process of touching each book and deciding which book I want to keep. I think this process is a good one because I see how many books I have and there are so many I’m going to purge. My amazon cart is full right now with new books. I’ve wanted to hit that button so many times but haven’t for some reason and now I know why.....I all ready have at least 20 read worthy books that I haven’t even cracked open yet. More isn’t always better. I remember when I was in college and Kevin and I were just starting our family and I said to my brother, “ I just want a minimalist house where everything has a purpose and gets used” well, then we started making money and I started buying shit then I had a huge house full of crap that we never used or even looked at. I just bought stuff.....mindlessly. I really didn’t appreciate any of it because there was so much. At one point I had like 300 longaberger baskets sitting around on display. Wtf was I thinking? I’m perplexed as to why I thought that was a good idea. I wonder what kind of life we could have lived if I hadn’t spent all that money on baskets......or just useless items in general. Seeing all my books in a pile just really makes me not want to buy any more and to appreciate the ones I have for awhile. There are some good ones! I think last year I started off purging and organizing all my shit. I remember I let a lot of things go. This year I’m taking it to an all new level.....what sparks joy? I can tell you.....not many of my belongings do.....sometimes I consider walking away from it all. It’s overwhelming. Stifling. Blah. Letting go for me means making room for something new even though I don’t know what that is. Maybe it’s adventure and peace of mind.....which for me is living in an uncluttered space. Maybe I don’t want to finish all the projects I’ve started. Maybe I will let them go! It’s a good thing! What about you? Are you bogged down with a houseful of stuff that doesn’t spark joy? Need a little motivation? Watch Tidying Up on Netflix! Let me know what you think!
Peace and love to YOU!