Our industry gathers each year for our NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers) conference. It’s our annual family reunion where we learn and hug! This year we were privileged to hear The Minimalists. Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus write a blog about living a meaningful life with less stuff (for 4 million readers.) They shared their powerful stories of transition to simplicity. They shared some powerful stuff.
The Art of Letting Go
Josh and Ryan are best friends from way back. Both chose a new path to having less and experiencing more because of transitions in their lives. Originally living more traditional lives, they chose to let go of what is meaningless to them. It required them facing situations that were emotion charged losses. It made me think about how a sad and difficult situations can create the opportunity for change.
The Art of Letting go comes from the perspective of our new assessment of what our stuff means to us. Our stuff does not define us. Our memories are within us, not in our stuff. We can share our stuff with others who will find it useful. We can remember without the stuff. It all came down to this question about our stuff. The question they asked of us…how might your life be better if you owned fewer material possessions? Are you ready to embrace a life that means more without your stuff holding you back?
Are you ready to simplify your life? The Minimalists offer their solution to get started called #MinsGame. You eliminate one thing on the first day of the month. On the second, eliminate two things. Three items on the third. It’s contagious! And who doesn’t like to play when you are an automatic winner?
I love the baby steps here. Not only do you feel the emotional lift of less in your space, #MinsGame offers a daily dose of paring down in a small way. It can be anything in your space that you choose to eliminate.
I love that decluttering takes on a powerful reason. It shifts your focus from holding on tight to what you have just in case to keeping only what is most meaningful and useful. Your decluttering and letting go will give you more opportunity to live the life you have imagined.
(I first heard of this game last year. Join the game and play with colleague Andrea Sharb.)
A final thought
The Minimalists resonated with me because of this quote they shared. Love People. Use Things. The opposite never works. It’s in the art of letting go that we find what is being camouflaged by stuff and see what’s important to us. That’s what’s empowering about organizing and simplicity. Isn’t that what we are truly want?
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