Time has rushed ahead and already we're at the start of a brand New Year - always a great time to reflect, take stock of what's worked and what hasn't, and set out a plan for moving forward. This year as I take stock, I have the added 'bonus' of being right at the cusp of a new move. A fresh start in a new house and a whole new chapter. Right now I'm faced with the rather daunting task of packing up our apartment (this post is a bit of a procrastination tactic ;) ). While it definitely is a big chore, I'm trying to see it as a big opportunity to purge a lot of unnecessary items from our lives and our household. I'm trying to use the methods by organizational expert Marie Kondo whose book The Life- Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing has won rave reviews and reports life altering results. Marie's philosophy is that we should have nothing in our homes that does not 'bring us joy', either by its beauty or usefulness. She believes that by stripping away all the physical clutter in our spaces we are able to truly see what's important, not just physically but also mentally, in our lives, and by that measure are able to create a space which overflows into a life that really reflects who you really are and what's important to you.
It's truly remarkable how much rubbish we really surround ourselves with on a daily basis. Having just touched the surface of one small room in our home I've already filled a bag with random bits of packaging, paper and useless little bits and pieces. And this is even after my major purging frenzy during my 'nesting period' of pregnancy where I'd thrown out bags of things and re-organized the whole house (or so I'd thought). I'm currently mapping out my to-do list and will be putting in a really good effort to ensure that none of this clutter follows us into our new space (wish me luck!) A fresh new start and a clean slate in a new space.
Wishing you all a very Happy New Year and a fresh start in whatever areas of your own mental or physical spaces that could use a little de-cluttering :).