Monday inspiration | Simplifying my life

Monday inspiration | Simplifying my life

I always feel like I need an extra dose of inspiration on Mondays. It is, after all, the hardest day of the week. It’s the day where all problems are elevated. Especially if we spill coffee on our new fall sweater, get to work later than usual or somehow clog up the kitchen sink disposal. (P.S. – The last one has happened to me more than once.)

Well, now I’m holding myself accountable for those pesky Monday slumps. The weekend ended too fast, and there are four days looming ahead before the weekend begins again. It’s time to have a true #MotivationMonday.

So every Monday, I’ll highlight one or two things that are inspiring me to stay motivated and not get discouraged throughout the week.
Today, I’m feeling inspired by the popular book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo.
Many of you have probably read this book. After finishing this book in about four days, I truly had a brand new perspective on giving things away and simplifying my life.

I’ve always been a good organizer, but I’m also good at building clutter.

Kondo calls it the “Kon-Mari method” and she tells us to get rid of things in our homes that do not spark joy. I had never thought of it that way. I thought, “Oh, I might need these one day, but I’m not using them right now.” Nope, in the donation box it goes, according to Kondo.

In fact, I was so inspired by this book that I cleaned out an entire storage closet and gave more than 3/4 away. After, I felt lighter and happier with only the things I kept. Kondo says to take everything out of a space and look closely at each item before deciding whether to keep or throw away. The goal is to look at all the items before you put anything back. This helped me tremendously!

She says her process takes about six months to complete. I just started, but I already feel lighter and happier in my space. I’m only keeping the items that I need and ones that spark joy.

I’m the kind of person that tends to hold on to things for far too long. Kondo’s book gave me the extra push I needed to separate my happiness and the things I own. They have served their purpose in my home, and it was time to say goodbye.

The truth is, I will probably never be a minimalist. I love being surrounded by things that spark joy, and Kondo says that is totally fine. Being a minimalist isn’t the end goal. It is creating in an environment where you feel inspired and calm every day.

If you need to hit the reset button and simplify your life and your possessions, I definitely recommend picking up this book!

What’s inspiring you today?

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  • Nicole

    October 24, 2016

    Getting rid of the clutter and living more simply is so freeing!!! I did this about 2 years ago and am feeling the need to do it again! Thanks for sharing!

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    • Kathryn

      October 26, 2016

      So true Nicole! I’m still in the process but I already feel more focus and motivated in my space. It’s a great feeling!

      -Kathryn

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  • Tammy Kolbo

    October 26, 2016

    Love this and the sweet spirit who is writing, sharing and inspiring others. My husband and I renovated an older home. We moved in 3 months ago and this has been exactly what I’ve been attempting to do. The words I take from this are… “Does it bring me joy? ” If the answer is nah….then let it go! ❤️ Thank you Kathryn.

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    • Kathryn

      October 26, 2016

      Thank you, Mrs. Tammy for those encouraging words! I’m so glad you are trying to do the same! If it doesn’t spark joy, then we don’t need it. 🙂

      -Kathryn

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