Monday, August 15, 2016
Inspiration to Declutter: The Joy of Less by Chicken Soup for the Soul
Inevitably at some point in the day, I scurry about the house in a frenzy looking for some item or another. Of course, I swear that nothing is ever where it is supposed to be--which we know is not true. In the moment, the sea of books, shoes, clothing, toys and more can be overwhelming. Once said misplaced item is located, the urgency of reorganizing often can be forgotten. Good thing for The Joy of Less showing up in my mailbox!
Initially, I thought that a book about simplifying our lives would be a boring self-help read. Fortunately, I was wrong. I found myself inspired by each story of downsizing whether it began as a necessity, a change of outlook or for charity. Many of the anecdotes reflect on different ways of downsizing which helps you develop a mindset for your own decluttering project. One author suggested searching your home to see if you were "holding someone else's blessing" to inspire donating items you were not using to someone that really is in need of them. How many things to we hold onto and not use that someone else truly needs?
I marveled at how some of the writers were able to purge their wardrobes. Motivation to begin weeding out unworn clothing! Also, I never thought of decluttering in terms of freedom. Of course, it makes sense--if you have less, you are more mobile and have less to worry about and maintain. Thus, you have more time to spend on what really matters.
While reading the book, I already had a donation ready to be dropped off at Goodwill. After reading, I successfully added two more bags and earmarked a dozen more items to be dropped of if I don't use them within the next couple of months. If you need a little push to help you declutter, Chicken Soup for the Soul's The Joy of Less is what you need!
**Disclosure: I did receive a complimentary copy of this book in order to conduct a review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own.