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The Magic of Tidying Up

If you've ever moved from one home to another you'll understand what my wife and I went through lately. We have been in the "process" of moving from one home to another.  

Moving certainly is a process.

We have the usual furniture, household items, tools, etc. We also have my huge 40 year-old collection of hypnosis and psychology books and hypnosis memorabilia. The book collection alone took up half the garage. Plus we have numerous items we've collected while on travels around the world.

I asked my wife if we really needed all that stuff. In my entire life I've always felt better with less stuff. But our stuff just seems to accumulate.

Then I read "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing" by Marie Kondo. What a game changer! Marie has been an organizing specialist since the time she was 5 years old. Her book not only offers many organizing hints but an entire philosophy on stuff.

Buddha says, The root of suffering is attachment.
I believe it completely. I am convinced that once a year we all need to go through everything we have. If we haven't used an item in the past 12 months we need to give it away, sell it or throw it out.

Don't we all have too much stuff? 

In that regard, I used craigslist.com and was surprised how easy it was to sell over $4,000 worth of stuff we had not used in ages--old golf clubs and fishing gear, old SCUBA gear, old cell phones, luggage, furniture, clothes, old computers, monitors and much more. We had a garage sale and sold another $1700 worth of stuff we hadn't used in years.

This is Pretty cool!  

We gave truck loads of stuff to a battered women's shelter. We also gave truck loads of stuff to a local charity that helps disadvantaged children. I packed all my books, except for a few that I treasure, and sent them off to Amazon to sell for me. Amazon takes a cut but they do all the packing and shipping. We took 30 bankers boxes of old documents to the local shredder to shred for us. Now that we've moved and are unpacking we are still finding things to give away or sell.

Change can be fun and exciting but it's stressful. 

Change always is stressful. Whether the change is positive or negative it is stressful. So my wife Jane and I have been listening to an extra session of self-hypnosis every day to keep the stress levels down. Hypnosis for Stress really takes the edge off. Reducing stress makes us much more agreeable, helps us to sleep better and feel better.

One final thought...keep telling yourself Change is Good and you'll begin to believe it.

Kindest regards,

Dr. Ken
Kenneth Grossman, PhD