“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” —Thornton Wilder
“Don’t tell me what you can’t do; tell me what you can do”: a familiar phrase for my design team and for our grandkids! Focusing on the positive is the best thing to do when tackling a new or difficult project—it allows you to be more creative and open to new possibilities.
So what if we would apply this concept to our “treasures”? What if we would focus on what we are keeping, not what we are losing? Marie Kondo, author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, acknowledges that “a lot of us feel that decluttering is about sadness and loss.” But it doesn’t have to be that way. Focus on keeping the best, not just the good—things that make you happy, bring you joy; not just items that take up space.
A good friend recently rightsized, moving to a new home half the size of her former dwelling. On moving day, and even with thoughtful purging, we still found things that just didn’t fit or weren’t quite right for the new space. We ended up with two stacks in the garage: one for pickup by local charity, one for the attic (this pile was small). But the items were touched only once and were not left in the living space. She commented, “Every time I move something on it just feels good!” When we were done, she had a new home and the space to enjoy its beauty. That is success!!