A period away in my motorhome always makes me reflect on how little stuff I need in my life. So perhaps it was a good place to read Marie Kondo's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying. Here's some of the things that I gained from the book.
- A deep sense of respect for the things that I own and the part that they play in my life.
- A way of getting rid of things guilt free by giving thanks for the role that they have played in my life however small.
- The idea of using what you already have as storage solutions. A wooden box that we got from the supermarket that contained strawberries was re-purposed as a caddy for my cleaning materials in the bathroom.
- Anyone who's read the book would guess that I'd read it too by the way my clothes and towels are now stored vertically rather than in a horizontal pile.
- Even in the small space living environment of the van there is stuff that needs to go because it does not bring joy. I thought I was pretty minimalist in the van yet there was probably three bin bags worth of stuff to throw away or recycle. Even though I'd only taken enough clothes away for a week, I no longer own three of the garments anymore. A pair of holey leggings and a couple of ill fitting swimsuits are gone as they do not fulfil the purpose of bringing joy into my life.
And just when I thought that I'd been doing pretty well at home lately I'm forced to re-evaluate my decluttering efforts. Even though about ten bin bags of stuff went in the charity bins just a month ago it seems that there might be a bit more work to do. After all I'm after spaciousness in my life at both a physical and meta-physical level and don't feel that I've quite achieved it yet. I'll recommend this as a read to you guys. Even if you don't take on all the principles and adopt Marie Kondo's methods to the letter I think it's guaranteed to give food for thought.