This book has changed my life
How’s your January going? Can you believe the month’s almost over? I certainly can’t. Where did the time go?!
It’s been a pretty productive month for me, though. For one, I’ve been doing a lot of reading.
I’ve always been a bookworm, but in recent years, I tended to put aside the hobby to devote my time to other things. However, this month, I happily rediscovered the joy of retreating into the pages of a book.
In the past, I might’ve passed my leisure time watching HGTV marathons, but this month, I have found myself powering off the telly, and instead picking up the book on my nightstand to dive into a new world.
I just finished reading a novel called Maurice, for instance, which was – to say the least – a tad addictive. I kept having to know what would happen next, what would become of the main character.
It’s a story that lingers in my mind still today – perhaps because the author couldn’t publish the story during his own lifetime due to the themes it touches upon (this was the early 1900s) and it struck me as sad that he never got to see his work put out into the world. But this will be the topic for my next newsletter.
For today, I want to tell you about another book I finished reading this month (I’m really on a roll so far!)
The book is called: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.
The book was referred to me by a reader of my blog and, curious, I decided to look into it. As it were, the theme of ‘organizing’ had been in my mind for a few weeks, so when I saw that the book was about decluttering your house (and therefore life), I felt it was sweet synchronicity and knew I had to read it.
What I didn’t expect is for the book to completely change my life.
It takes such a spiritual and philosophical approach to the art of decluttering, tidying up, organizing, storage… who knew such topics could even be spiritual?
It was eye-opening in that way. I see my belongings in a new light, and I see my house even more so as a sort of sanctuary or temple. A peaceful retreat.
But that’s not all. As a result of reading this book, I have given away/discarded over 75% of my belongings. I assure you this is no exaggeration.
I filled over two dozen boxes with possessions (clothes, books, home decor, shoes, accessories, etc) and with a surprising urgency, delivered them to my local Goodwill donation center.
I have been left with what some might consider the ‘bare minimum’. And I recognize that to some: yes, my house might seem quite bare indeed.
But to me – surprisingly enough – it’s nothing less than perfect.
You see, the book is all about only surrounding yourself with the things that bring you joy.
I know that doing such a thing might seem ‘obvious’ to most, but the fact of the matter is we often do the exact opposite. We treat our houses like storage sheds and instead amass an unspeakable amount of possessions, believing that these possessions hold the key to our happiness.
And they do…for a time. At the moment of purchase, for instance. Perhaps even for a few days more beyond that. But eventually, the majority of our possessions just become things that are filling up the space in our homes.
Then, when the happiness has subsided, we go out and purchase the next wondrous thing to re-experience that joy. On and on it goes.
However, when we only surround ourselves with the things that absolutely thrill us, the cycle stops. We no longer have to buy just for the sake of buying, because we already feel that we have everything we need.
Beyond that, our homes start to feel more peaceful, more joyful… and we in turn feel more peaceful and joyful.
In short, I can’t recommend this book enough. I consider myself someone who is very neat and organized, so I didn’t think the book would have much to teach me. Boy was I wrong! I couldn’t believe how much ‘stuff’ I had amassed over the years as just one person! Stuff I didn’t need anymore, stuff I didn’t use anymore, stuff I didn’t even want anymore!
If there is just one book you read this year, consider making it this one. I have a feeling it can positively impact you in incredible ways.