Letting Go

by amy on August 5, 2015

booksYou’ve heard of the book, right? The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo has proven popular this year, and very helpful to me.

I did it. I followed the author’s advice to address one category at a time. After culling my clothes, I took on the books. What a job, but totally worth it.

Moving them all to one place was tough, and yet it really did seem to loosen up the energy. No longer stuck or comfy on my bookshelf, each title got a breath of air and a new light. Suddenly it was clear to me, which ones to keep and which ones to discard. The “maybe’s” got their own pile for awhile, but most ended up in the little library out front (thanks neighbor!), or a secondhand store. Better to be read and enjoyed by someone else than to be sitting stagnant here.

Surprised by some of the titles that made the cut, and others I had never imagined parting with. The practice of discerning what brings me joy now (not the past) became easier as I practice it.

The result? About 200 books lighter, by collection now fits on one set of shelves. My office feels lighter, too, and I feel happier appreciating the books I’ve selected to keep. Clearing out lets spirit out.

Where would you like to make room for the new? I encourage you to give it a go!

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