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Magic Of Tidying Up…

October 18, 2018

“The best way to find out what we really need is to get rid of what we don’t.”
– Marie Kondō

We came to our small apartment in Washington for a few weeks to get rid of more things, and to bring another load back to Portugal. I love getting rid of things much more than shopping for them.

I’m using the principle from the book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondō, to hold onto only the things that spark joy in my life. Not everything fits this principle, like holding on to seven years of old tax papers, but it’s surprising how much does. The more I get rid of things the easier it gets. It’s like using a muscle in the body. You need to use it often to stay strong and make the process of what to keep and what to discard easier and faster.

I’ve moved so many times in my life, over forty times, so I don’t hold onto possessions very tightly. There’s a bit of me in the homes of family and friends where I have gifted my things which is a nice feeling. And I’d much rather donate the stuff I’m not using to a charity instead of storing it away in boxes.

There’s a Swedish ritual called “döstädning,” which translates as “death cleaning.” It’s a decluttering practice that’s meant to relieve the burden of family members to sort through all your things after your gone.

Death cleaning isn’t about dying. It’s about freeing yourself by keeping only what’s truly important. It’s about downsizing, simplfying, creating space, organizing, letting go, streamlining, and purging, And those words certainly spark joy in my life.

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