With the changing seasons there seems to be an inborn desire to get our nests tidied up and ready for the winter months to come. Perhaps it's the prospect of many hours indoors or maybe it's just a primordial understanding in our DNA that it's time to get down to a little business. At any rate, the game is afoot.
There are many "how-to" books out there. I just finished reading the latest hot title.
The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up
the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing
by Marie Kondo
Seriously, who can resist a book with "magic" and "life-changing"in the title. At the core of the process is the notion that we all have too much STUFF and we need to weed out everything that does not "spark joy". I'm on board.
But how we determine what sparks joy in our home is a very personal matter. Which reminded me of a great website and now a book called The Burning House
"If your house was burning, what would you take with you? It's a conflict between what's practical, valuable and sentimental. What you would take reflects your interests, background and priorities. Think of it as an interview condensed into one question."
Here are just a few entries on the website.
Name: Zoe Zabel
Name: Nelly Schregardus
Name: Allemeersch D.
Clearly, some of us travel lighter than others and that's ok. What's important is that we surround ourselves with meaningful pieces and don't let our possessions possess us, (and that we run the vacuum cleaner occasionally).
Happy life changing magical cleaning,