THG Tip Tuesday – Declutter Your Space
Whether you are talking about your desk, your closet, your bedroom or your house, most everyone, at some time or another starts to think that they need to declutter a room, a work space or their home.
But, where to start? Searching the internet will provide you with a variety of answers and methods. Infinite blogs are written about it, Pins are pinned about it, and peope are hired to facilitate it.
But, which is the right method? I think that the answer lies with you and what you really value. What method you are willing and able to maintain.
After coming home from a very long day of work, running kids to evening activities and sporting events, I often rush in the door already mentally thinking of the “must do” things that have to occur before I finally collapse for the night. It is rare that those thoughts include “must do” cleaning and certainly not the daunting task of decluttering.
My kitchen counter is the perfect example of what not to do. As I rush in and drop all the miscellaneous bags, handouts, newsletter and mail, I see that my pile also now includes all that has been left by various members of my family; notices of upcoming activites, invitations, papers to sign and sale fundraiser flyers to view. I want to have that clear and uncluttered counter, but how? It seems as if no amount of organization can conquer this beast!
I believe it is in me. I believe it is in you. I believe that it is a daily discipline and daily maintenance. I believe that it is a decision to make and to develop. But, what if I am wrong??
“The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing,” written by Marie Kondo explores this in a new and “tough-love” kind of way. She says that decluttering and simplifying your life is determined by what things in your life “spark joy” in you. WHAT???? Is it possible that this is true? Could I really just surround myself with things that bring me joy? And, how would I find the time to make this happen?
It’s an intriguing idea. It sparks hope. Can this be the last time?
Whether you call this decluttering, minimizing, or organizing, I, for one, am willing to let this international bestselling lifestyle phenomenon help me clear my clutter and enjoy the “unique magic of a tidy home—and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.” If you are looking for the peace that comes with simplified surroundings, and your willing to try it one more time, our THG Tip would be to encourage you check out this book and perhaps discover a new view on this old theme!
Happy Tip Tuesday!