It’s finally spring in Michigan: the snow is melting once and for all and residents are hopeful that they won’t see it return for at least six months. Spring symbolizes a fresh start, a chance to lighten the burden that the short, dark, cold days of winter can bring to your life.
You might be inspired to start spring cleaning: it might be a necessity—where’s that part for the lawnmower again?—but it’s definitely contagious.
I began sorting through my belongings with advice from Marie Kondo and The Minimalists. I didn’t have a packing party like Ryan did and I did not declutter my entire apartment in one day as Marie suggests, but over the course of several months, I got rid of at least half (probably more!) of my belongings. I only kept things that I actually use and donated the rest.
“My criterion for deciding to keep an item is that we should feel a thrill of joy when we touch it. Items that we can’t bring ourselves to discard even when they don’t inspire joy are a real problem.” — Marie Kondo