So, what New Year’s resolutions did you make this year? The usual, like lose weight? Or maybe go to the gym three times a week? Get more sleep?
What about getting organized? If it wasn’t already on your list, you might want to add it now — which is okay, because everyone knows the resolution grace period is in effect as long as people are still wishing you a happy new year.
Particularly for those of us who’ve going through some struggles (like a Divorce Over 50), removing the physical clutter in our lives can also help us accept change and move forward. In other words, straightening up what’s on the outside can help us fix the mental mess on the inside.
Writer Shari Lifland of the Nobody’s Bringing Me Casseroles blog, explores the topic in a great post analyzing Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.
The book stresses the fact that people who put their house in order find clarity about what they need in life, and what they don’t. And the magic secret is to surround yourself only with the things you love.
Lifland lists five things she learned from the book. Here are her headlines:
- Own your own mess
- Let go of the past; embrace the future
- Visualize your destination
- Accentuate the positive
- Trust your heart.
Read her post for full details on all those points above. You’ll also gain an understanding of this very interesting, and very applicable concept. Even if you’re not the resolution type, the idea is certainly worth keeping in mind.