Decluttering at the Speed of Life: Winning Your Never-Ending Battle with Stuff by Dana K White, 2018
This is a book that is more a personal account of accumulating rather than just a book on de-cluttering. It’s not a book on organizing per se, it’s a reflection on why we accumulate. Dana has lists of questions that help you decide what you really want and what you really need to keep.
One of the really interesting takeaways from this book was the concept of containerizing. For example, a house is a container and so is a box to store items. You should only fill the container to fit the size of the container, not more. This means a lot of prioritizing what stays and what’s important.
Questions to ask yourself
Where would I think to look for an item? The answer to that will be where it should live
Do I already have one of those?
What size container do I need for this item?
When it comes to multiples of items: What’s the most important item – prioritize what stays and what goes.
My AHA Moment
Just because you’ve got all the items for a hobby or craft doesn’t mean you have to keep it if you are not going to either finish the project or want to do other similar projects. Who can you gift/donate the tools, books, supplies to?
Just because we had a dream of doing something (craft/project/hobby/goal) doesn’t mean that it works in our lives now. Acknowledge the grief or regret of giving up the dream and let it go.
An interesting read.
Do you have any hobbies or crafts that no longer inspire you? Is it time to let it go both physically and emotionally?
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