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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

When the new property managers bought my apartment complex they immediately began raising the damn rent. I realized at some point I’d have to move. Then I realized that although I’d been purging about once a year, I still had waaaaaay too much stuff. I was going to need to do some tidying, so I could systematically get more done.

A couple years ago I heard an NPR interview with Marie Kondo, and I bought her book, “The Life Changing Art of Tidying: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.” I hadn’t read it yet, but when I did it helped me get a new perspective about my stuff. My priorities definitely shifted.

If you’re wanting to downsize your life, clean up all your junk, or just organize in general, this is a great read. It gave me a sense of peace in my home, too. The apartment was blocked and heavy, but now I feel a lightness that makes me enjoy coming home. It’s almost as if their is a sense of spirit now that it lacked before.

The Eight Patterns: Focus

Also, in terms of The Eight Patterns that make up INTEGRE8T Wellness, I consider this to be a practice of Focus. Focus is any exercise that allows you to more clearly understand your goals. Without Focus, there is no direction or sense of progress. I would also assert that the results of tidying can be very beneficial to the modalities of Wellness, especially the Emotional, Psychological, and Intellectual. It could also benefit the Spiritual, depending on how you experience the process.


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Jack Kirven is a mobile personal trainer in Charlotte, NC. He is the owner of INTEGRE8T Wellness.

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