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I used to believe that downsizing was daunting; it was a necessary evil during the time of transition. Recently, I have discovered that it is not so. Just as making a small adjustment in the archer's stance impacts the trajectory of the arrow, so making a small adjustment in our thinking can have a big impact on the outcome. The adjustment in my thinking began with Marie Kondo's best-selling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. From it I realized that her method isn't just for our personal belongings but for our minds and our well-being. Many are coming to that point where they suddenly know just how much is right for them.
By handling each item and deciding what to discard, your process your past so that you can take the next step forward
If you or your parents are in a season of transition and downsizing is in your near future, then follow Marie's advice, also known as the Konmari method:
If you are ready to change the trajectory of your life, then it's time to read the book.
When you realize that downsizing is an opportunity to lighten your heart as well as your load, you can embrace the opportunity with enthusiasm. In helping your parents through the process, you will help yourself as well. Thank your belongings for how they have served you over the years, donate or discard that which you no longer need, and keep yourself surrounded only by things that spark joy for you.