With Spring almost here, I’ve started sorting through closets, organizing and eliminating what’s been hidden inside. This was an undertaking long overdue– and now spreading to other neglected spaces. I can’t believe how much unnecessary stuff we’ve collected (March 1 Sage Words, “I shop therefore I am”) and how much space we’ve freed up. The process has been liberating and satisfying – if not also a little back-breaking.
While decluttering your home, office or life may seem like an insurmountable task, experts agree to start one step at a time. In Marie Kondo’s best seller, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing” the organizing consultant suggests you ask yourself a simple question to determine an item’s value, “Does it spark joy?” If it doesn’t, thank it for its service and get rid of it.
The same can be done in life by identifying the personal, professional, physical or emotional clutter that might be weighing us down. Are there unpleasant projects, people or subjects that you’ve been avoiding? Write down all your commitments. Then, determine which activities are the most rewarding, and which can be reduced or eliminated. By prioritizing and discarding the things that don’t bring you joy or value, you’ll free up more time for the things that you love – or more time to organize!
Let the coming warmth and extra daylight of Spring be motivation to organize something in your life. What will Spring bring to your step?