I’m a messy person – cleaning and organizing have always been unpleasant and unimportant chores until I realized it’s very difficult to be calm and focused in the midst of total chaos.
In today’s society, we sometimes measure our self-worth by the things we own. We need the latest stuff, we accumulate and get attached, making us hoard piles of things we don’t use or forget we even have. Being intentional about being tidy is not easy. Do I really want to devote my physical and mental energy to cleaning? Is this really important? After reading Marie Kondo’s book, I reframed how I view my environment and it made cleaning more meaningful and less boring. And it didn’t kill my creativity. Above all, it taught me to keep my space organized (most of the time). It’s crazy, but when I declutter I feel more calm and happy. I also have much more clarity because I get rid of my mental clutter at the same time. It’s worth it!
Messy places can make you feel overwhelmed and anxious. So try to reevaluate who you are today, what you need, what you want to wear and how you want to live. Do it for yourself, not for others. What do you want to see every day? Get rid of the old, clear your mind and let fresh energy in. It doesn’t look like it, but spring is coming! Feel new! And remember, small changes can make a big difference.
And keeping Marie Kondo’s ideology in mind, choose to keep the things that make you happy. Choose joy!
“When you come across something that you cannot part with, think carefully about its true purpose in your life. You’ll be surprised at how many of the things you possess have already fulfilled their role. By acknowledging their contribution and letting them go with gratitude, you will be able to truly put the things you own, and your life, in order. In the end, all that will remain are the things that you really treasure. To truly cherish the things that are important to you, you must first discard those that have outlived their purpose.”