The Life-Changing Power Of Owning Less #Power_OfJanuary 12, 2019
It wasn’t long after Mama died that I decided life was too short and it was time for me to come out as trans, something I’d known from my earliest memory but which, up until that point, had seemed impossible.
I filled my student bedsit with as much stuff as I could get my hands on.
Each time I’d vow to declutter before the next, yet there always seemed to be more and more stuff.
Then, last year, following an horrendous breakup, I was desperate to feel better.
So, rather than obsessing about the death of love, I decided to focus on making my home beautiful by subtracting the unnecessary.
My dream apartment was empty save for a pile of books, a bed, a clothes rack, and a lover.
If it costs less than ten pounds and you can replace it in less than ten minutes, throw it.
If it doesn’t spark joy – this is one of Kondo’s – throw it.
If you haven’t used it for over a year, throw it.
To pause and ask: how much value do the things I’ve surrounded myself with really add to my life?
Think of all the things in your life that are important to you–the essentials–then eliminate everything else. This system helps you simplify your life and see what you should focus on. It can work for anything you have in your life, professional or personal. And just the act of letting things go will help you to simplify, to focus on what’s important, and to build the life you want.