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  1. Hi Ann! You’re totally describing me too. I think I thought that I was being practical or wise by holding on to certain things. But really, after going through this process, I realized that unless it was something like an important home document, etc, then it really was just adding to my load instead of bringing me joy. Love to hear more of your thoughts as you embark on this journey!

  2. I have been putting off reading this book… but I’m beginning to feel like I can’t do so any longer! I don’t have that much trouble getting rid of stuff, but I do still hang onto things that don’t bring me joy. I think I’m trying to be practical, or something… but your widening our view to the bigger picture is a wonderful application! Gonna have to ponder that one awhile! Thanks for linking up at Frugal Friday! 🙂

  3. Yes… “sluggishness” is an excellent way to describe it, Jennifer. I honestly didn’t think I had an issue with clutter or that I needed to do any tidying up–at ALL. But it was such a good thing to go through the process. It just brought clarity in so many places, and inspired me to surround myself with things that bring JOY, not that deplete. I look forward to hearing your “decluttering tales” too, friend! 🙂 Hugs to you.

  4. This post offers such a practical encouragement, Alicia. I’ve been feeling the same kind of sluggishness you describe, though I’ve chalked it up to the “winter blues” I endure each year. But your experience has prompted me to realize that – although it could be much worse – we’ve gathered quite a bit of clutter recently due to a family transition and the ensuing “survival mode.” Long story short, I’ll be devoting small, regular chunks of time to decluttering, A.S.A.P.! 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing with us at Grace & Truth!

  5. Karen, I too tend to get stressed when I see the clutter around me. But it’s that closet (or drawer) clutter that can build up and we don’t even notice for a while! And yes, I’m telling you–her thoughts about asking ourselves if it still brings me joy are groundbreaking. Seriously. I’m actually excited about continuing to purge my house because I’m motivated by the concept of stripping off all that’s unnecessary and that doesn’t bring us joy. Thanks again for sharing, and we hope to see you again!

  6. Shellie, yes, I’d agree! And I’ve found that when we begin the process of purging things physically, it often prompts big changes inside. It can be a difficult thing, but also very, very freeing! I’m glad the post encouraged you! Thanks for sharing your story.

  7. I am someone who gets stressed with clutter. I tend to get rid of things very easily. However, like everyone, when I don’t see the clutter, I end up saving – like in my closets.

    I really liked the idea of asking myself if something still brings me joy, but even moreso the idea of passing the joy on to someone else.

    Thanks so much for sharing!

  8. Such a timely post as we continue into the new year. I think the emotional and daily routine tidying up is sometimes harder for me than the literal tidying up of the house and things. I’ve been thinking on the things I need to edit from my life and schedule in order to allow more time for the things that are most important to me right now, as well as some serious purging of things in my home. LoL! Sounds like I might be doing some clean out this weekend! 🙂 Thank you for the post.

  9. Leanne! Your comment literally made me LOL! It’s funny that you mention that top. I held that one up and took of picture of it as I was tidying up, but then realized after I took it that I loved that shirt and it for sure brought me joy (so I wasn’t getting rid of it). I thought, “hmmm… maybe I should take a picture of a really ugly shirt so that people would think, ‘yes, for sure get rid of that one!'” Sounds like we have the same taste in clothes. 🙂 If it ever stops giving me joy, you got it girl–I’ll be glad to post it to you. LOL Anyway, yes, thanks for coming back! I’m excited to share more insights and how it applies to 2016!

  10. Hi Alicia – I’m a big fan of keeping things simple – but “stuff” does tend to accumulate no matter how minimal we try to keep things. I’m so glad you found a way to tackle it all (btw I really liked that purple top in the picture – can you post it to Australia?) I’m coming back to see how you apply it to 2016! Thanks for sharing on our #OTM link up #3 ~ 🙂 Leanne

  11. Hi Regina!! I’m so glad to hear that you’ve experienced this same freedom that comes from tidying up! It really can change everything–from everyday habits to our inner thoughts to our perspectives! And YES, I’m finishing up that post today and excited to share it! Merry Christmas to you as well! 🙂

  12. I could not agree with you and this book more. This is a similar approach that I take to cleaning out. The cleaning “up” part is something else entirely, though. LOL! I am really interesting in reading your next post. I cannot wait to hear those revelations and your plan for next year. Sounds inspiring! Thank you for sharing this. Merry Christmas!

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