Saturday, January 30, 2016

Ode to a teacup

Raise your hands if you KonMari'd your house in 2015! Raise them higher if you bought the book and then proceeded to read a few chapters before setting it down and losing it in a pile of your own flotsam and jetsam.

No? Just me?

Let's be honest here.


I, like the rest of you, purchased The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up because I wanted to find exactly that. A life changed for the better by jettisoning piles of crap I have felt compelled to hold onto.

I was ready.

I started reading.

And then unceremoniously stopped reading, setting the book aside to later be found (ironically) under a pile of random crap.

Because that is my life.

I stopped where I did because it wasn't just my own stuff that's standing in my way, it's all the other stuff of all the other people (and dog) who live with me.

It's not me; it's them.

Well, maybe a little bit.

So I tossed my book in a box with other books and such, carted all this over to the new place and unpacked it. Most of it.

Because some of it, some of the stuff that I couldn't bear to consider parting with just a few months ago was getting easier to let go of. And then one day, I found myself talking to a teacup.

"Thank you, teacup, but you just don't inspire joy in me," I said before putting it into the box of misfit knick-knacks, destined for a future yard sale. This gave me pause. Maybe those chapters sank in more than I thought they had.

Then, Blogging for Books offered up Spark Joy: an illustrated master class on the art of organizing and tidying up, a companion book to the first. And since I like to hoard books, I figured I'd request this one to review.

It's a small volume, which I like. Nice packaging is probably responsible for 85% of my purchases, and this fits that ideal.

There are illustrations, but if you pick up this book thinking you're going to get an illustrated version of the first book (like I did—yes, I was looking for a picture book that might be easier to follow. Don't judge me), this is not that book. But it does offer up practical information on taking it one step further, fully auditing your life to get rid of the things that are standing in the way of you having the life that you really need.

It's a difficult, tedious process, but it's not hard. It's liberating to allow yourself to get rid of things that take up space. Open space is inspiring. I'd heard that some organization experts recommend keeping a drawer in your house empty, and I can see the wisdom there. Knowing that every space has some crap stashed in it, for me, is overwhelming. Makes it hard to think. An empty drawer contains possibilities.

I can get on board with that.

Disclaimer: this book was sent to me free of charge in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are not for sale, and all opinions included in this post are my own.

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