Now here’s an interesting post from Slate on Dec. 19 about tidying house… the very LAST thing most of us are thinking about unless we are hosting the family gathering; even then, it’s more like hiding away; where can we stash this breakable display? Where can we put the hamper? Maybe a gentle ‘don’t enjoy your new stuff too much‘ nudge from the good folks at Slate. Not a bad reminder, either… I mean really, don’t we have enough stuff already? (cue Patagonia ad…)
Tidyness black belt Marie Kondo cuts against the acquisition grain by reminding us that our possessions (and how we collect, covet, hoard or toss them) are strong signals about how we feel in our lives, and hold us back from being the best Us. There’s a whole book, but here’s a quick clip video and a link to the article (quick read, 5 min). In my evolving practice I try to remove a few somethings for every something I acquire (t-shirts is the obvious go-to these days). Not exactly zen minimalism, but better than hoarding.
(because this is brightcove, I don’t think I can embed the player… help me if you know of a way!)
OK guess it’s time to get busy… we’re hosting this year, so I have that excuse to tidy up and get rid of some stuff. Certainly that timing is really good for where the career pivot is too.
UPDATE 12/28/14 – as I was posting this ‘yule tidying’ article up, my wife Susan posted this on fb and tagged me. Guess we are in sync on this New Years Rezz.
Cheers for decluttering and maximizing Joy in 2015!