I have been reading a lot about simplifying and decluttering in this book by Marie Kondo. She talks about how things that you are discarding are not the focus but rather the intent is to focus on things that you want to keep and that bring you joy.
I started sifting through the the mounds of stuff in my garage to get ready for an upcoming move and realized how many books I had, tons and tons of books, and many of them were just there, not sparking joy, just there. I got to thinking about Marie’s philosophy of getting rid of stuff and Tammy’s post about getting rid of books. Their way of decluttering or what they decide to keep may not be the right way for me. Things that bring others joy don’t necessarily bring me joy, and so my method of discarding things or the items I choose to discard is going to be different than someone else’s. My way may mean keeping some things that other people don’t value but that spark joy for me. Realizing this made the process of decluttering easier somehow. I wasn’t trying to do it by using someone else’s yard stick of how much to rid myself of but by listening to my own intuition and what felt ready to let go of and what felt right to keep.