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One of my friends recently turned me on to The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing and I can’t stop thinking about it. In moving as many times as I have, I feel like I’ve purged most of my belongings at least thirty-two times, yet I always seem to have too much stuff. Everywhere. I keep making it my mission to go through and declutter it, but I never manage to succeed. Does anyone else have that problem? You decide to tackle the office on a weekend, and five hours later all you’ve done is shred a bunch of papers and feel drained from examining each one of them so you pat yourself on the back for a job well done and give yourself the rest of the weekend off for working so hard? Just me?
I was skeptical when I first heard the title of the book. To me, “tidying up” implies just putting things away where they belong. To a certain extent, that is what the author suggests, but she first requires going through every item you own to discard what you no longer want or need. As cheesy as it sounds, I feel empowered and capable of the monumental task having listened to her process.
I took this picture yesterday while walking Murphy around our neighborhood. At work, I’m stuck in a classroom without any windows, but I spent the whole day thinking about this gorgeous view. For most of our walk, I thought about this summer and all that I want to accomplish. Last summer, I was taking three classes, working, and planning a wedding. This year, I am taking my very last class before my internship and not working at all, so I will have more free time on my hands than I am used to. I definitely plan to explore DFW and have some fun, but I want to declutter and get my life organized once and for all. I’m putting this out into the world so ya’ll can hold me accountable. Ask me about it. (You know, 28 school days from now when I’m ready to begin.) Make me tell you my plan. Bring me food or come take my puppy to the park so I can declutter without distraction.
Okay, that last part may be asking too much, but I’m serious about the rest of it. Let me know if you want to join the tidying movement with me! Another friend of mine has been seriously decluttering, and I am so inspired and motivated by her. Comment below if you’ve accomplished this in your own life or want to drink the kool-aid with me!