A lot of people have New Year's resolutions. I, on the other hand, being very studious, had back-to-school or fall goals. One of my biggest goals this year is to tidy up and not accumulate so much stuff. I'm trying to live more simply and enjoy moments and people instead of things. I think fall is the perfect time to do this; as the weather gets colder, we tend to congregate inside more and spend time with our families and loved ones creating new memories. I'm a huge clutter-bug so tidying up isn't necessarily natural for me. For some help and inspiration I've started reading the book shown below by Marie Kondo.
I'm still reading this book, but it has given me helpful tips and insights into how to tidy up my physical surroundings and my mental space. Kondo talks about how younger siblings tend to accumulate more clothes since they are constantly getting hand-me-downs from siblings. Even though they may not wear it, they end up keeping it and it creates unnecessary clutter in their lives. I also love Kondo's mindset of only keeping things in your life that inspire love and passion. Why keep a sweater or a book or a pot, if you never use it and don't particularly enjoy it?
My cleaning has also inspired my boyfriend to start cleaning as well as we try to simplify our lives. As a long distance couple, we have a lot of "stuff" in our lives mostly because we just have double of everything. As I am nearing the end of school and will be heading back to live with him soon, we are slowly trying to clean up the clutter and build a life together. If you want to hear more about our long distance relationship or how we are planning to consolidate our life, leave me a comment below!