What Life Do You Want?

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For this Monday Motivation, I was inspired by the book I’m reading, “The Life – Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo. In the book, Marie talks about how tidying can serve as a catalyst for living the life you want. She explains that “a dramatic reorganization of the home causes correspondingly dramatic changes in lifestyle & perspective”.

It’s only until you assess your current belongings, one by one, and understand the role they serve in your life….and make choices whether or not to keep those items…that you can begin living the life you want.

Think about that.

If you were to look around your house, bedroom, closet, kitchen – is every item in there in line with your life goal? Does it fit the lifestyle you want (feminine, easy going, fast paced, eclectic)? If not, why do you have it?

As Kyle & I prepare for the upcoming move, I thought it would be a great chance to do some spring cleaning. Purge anything we don’t want to bring to our new house in Indiana. Now, Kyle says that you can’t just purge as an excuse to buy new things. I agree. Marie Kondo agrees. But why are we taking some boxes that haven’t been opened in the past 4 moves? We clearly don’t need whatever is in there.

I was getting anxious to get started, but after picking up this book, I know I need to slow down first.

What type of life do I want? What does the ideal day, week, month look like for me? For our family? 

More importantly, WHY do I want that life? 

It’s only until I can answer those questions above that I can truly begin assessing the items I own. Does that outfit match the lifestyle I want? Does the clutter in the bathroom align to my lifestyle goals?

I’m planning to spend the next two weeks reassessing where I’ve been & where I want to go…and then tackling the clutter. I think the biggest hits will be to my closet & kitchen…but who knows!

Have you been anxious to get started on spring cleaning? I highly recommend “The Life – Changing Magic of Tidying Up” to get started!

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  • I love spring cleaning! It always feels so good to get rid of things and start over. Especially when it comes to life. If I’m unhappy then I change something whether it’s deleting a bunch of Facebook friends or purging my closet or quitting my job. Sometimes, these things are just necessary! Great post 🙂

  • Love this! I have moved a lot in the past couple years and each time it’s been great to reassess and purge the things I don’t use. But yet every time I move into a larger space (say my own apartment versus a shared apartment), I collect so much more stuff! I am feeling the need for a spring cleaning ASAP!

  • Love this book! I just haven’t started using all the tips she talks about (probably because I’m still trying to figure out what kind of life I want) but once I do, I’m ready to get cleaning and tidying up!

  • Such a good project to embark upon! I can say that living without our stuff has been so life changing. Moving to AK and having to sell literally half our belongings was huge. But then moving away from AK and having to again sell half our stuff and then pack JUST ONE BAG (!!) each for our year of full-time travel has been crazy revealing to me. What kind of things do I hang onto for no reason? Or for sentimental reason? When is a sentimental furniture object unnecessary weight in my life, and when is it a legitimate item to keep because it has real meaning? How many clothes do I really need? (Honestly, I can only picture TWO tops from back home… the rest I have forgotten, and when I return I think I’ll be overwhelmed by the choices!) As you know, the kitchen is Tyler’s domain, but there are plenty of other household goods we’ve realized we don’t need. And some that we’ve realized really did have a purpose and we value them and can’t wait to get back and use them!! Anyway, so much to say on this topic 🙂 Would you be interested in doing a little joint series on it?

    • Yes!!! Seriously – I can’t wait until we pack for the move, because there is so much stuff we won’t be bringing. The book did a great job of explaining that the goal isn’t to own nothing, but to make sure everything you DO own you love!

  • This is such a great book and it really got me thinking after I read it! I started to actually analyze myself and who I wanted to be all because I decided to organize a little. A great read! Thanks for sharing!

  • This was so great, and right on time for me! My room is currently in a state of chaos and it is certainly a reflection of what’s going on in my head. Clutter! I’ve been trying to reorganize and get rid of things but I seem to be holding on to things I really don’t need. This was so encouraging and motivating!