It's hard to believe, but the summer has nearly drawn to a close. As kids go back to school and we begin a new season, it's the perfect time to clean up and clean out. Everyone could take this opportunity to do an audit on their health, home, desk, and even the center console of their car. Simplify and cleanse until you're left with only the things you truly love - you'll be amazed at the positive ways in which it changes your mindset.
Minimalism or simplified living isn't just about how a home looks, it's about how it feels. While white walls, concrete floors and unforgivingly sharp lines might not be your style, don't worry, that's not what minimalism is about. Minimalism is about being deliberate. About being focused. About choosing only what you absolutely need. Minimalism and a commitment to organization can slay unnecessary stress and calm bouts of anxiety. A tidy home inspires a feeling of power and control.
It's no surprise that those interested in BuDhaGirl's core topics such as mindfulness, meditation and intention would be smitten by Marie Kondo's little jewel of a book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. Kondo's tips for tidiness are very straightforward - she asks, does the item you're holding spark joy? If not, get rid of it. By purging things you've been guiltily holding onto, or ratty t-shirts you've tried to convert into loungewear, you're also purging a certain mindset and establishing a new, healthier state of mind.
Through decluttering, simplifying and curating your home, you are practicing intention - you are choosing to rule your things rather than have your things rule you, and what's more liberating than that?