Time to get life back on track
Where does the time go? I don't know about you, but I seem to ask myself that question now more than ever. I reflect back to times in my life where I thought time literally just stood still. Not anymore! Life has been busy for me lately and I have put my blog on the back burner. I have really missed it, so I am determined to get back on track and start writing again.
Remembering my very first post in 2016, I talked about moving often in my life due to the nature of my family working in the hospitality business. For most of my life, I have lived in New England and actually never minded the cold. Truth be known, we planned our wedding day around the information in The Farmers Almanac that a snow storm was predicted on our proposed wedding day! The Almanac was 100% correct, it was magical!
Our current move has brought us farther away from New England and the cold winters I used to love. Back in December 2017, along came a job offer for my husband to manage a wonderful historic hotel in Palm Beach, Florida. We were familiar with that area as both sets of our parents had lived there at one time or another, so we were intrigued. I never in a million years thought I would be saying goodbye to winter long before retirement. It has turned out to be an excellent move not only professionally but personally as well. Lesson learned....never say never!
Moving is good for the soul. I feel it challenges you in ways that maybe push the envelope a bit, but it also opens up opportunities. If you are like me, you think you have scaled down belongings that you no longer need or use, then low and behold you start the process of a move and you once again need to weed out. The thought of moving too much "stuff" forces you to take a hard look at what you really love or simply cannot live without.
A few years ago a friend gave me a book that perhaps you have heard of. It was on the best sellers list at the time and she thought it was right up my alley. Turns out, she was right! The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo. A step-by-step guide to decluttering, simplifying and organizing your home.
In summary, "Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house “spark joy” (and which don’t), this international bestseller featuring Tokyo’s newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home --- and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire."
"Spark joy"? We all have belongings in our homes that were given to us or passed down from loved ones, we hang on to despite the fact that we don't use them or...love them. Guilt got the better of us and we tucked them away thinking maybe one day we would use them. Ms. Kondo believes that if something no longer brings you joy, it is time for it to move on and and let it bring joy to someone else.
Sorting and discarding is hard for most people. Trust me when I say, once you start, you will get the hang of it and before you know it boxes and bags are filled and off they go to bring joy to someone else. When your environment is cleared of clutter, your mind will be free as well. Hanging on to things that we don't use or no longer love is a burden.
This process is something that everyone should consider doing at one point or another. Don't wait until you are faced with a move to organize and declutter. The time is now! If you are intrigued by the summary above, order the book. It will be the kickstart you need. Pick a rainy day and start somewhere, room by room. Before you know it your mind will open and the process will become easier and easier. Lose the guilt and clear your space, lighten your load and soon you will find that your home is now much easier to maintain and clean without all the things that no longer spark joy!