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What Are Today's Interesting Finds? - v18

The newest installment (v18) of the “What’s Interesting?” feature is here with my latest discoveries that inform, educate, and relate to organizing and life balance. I’ve included unique and inspiring letting go-related finds, which reflect this month’s blog theme. You are such an incredibly engaged group and I am so grateful for you. I look forward to your participation and additions to the collection I’ve sourced. What do you find interesting?


What’s Interesting? . . .


1. Interesting Read – Letting Go Habits

We live packed, fast-paced lives with full schedules, lots of possessions and many distractions. In The Power of Less – The Fine Art of Limiting Yourself to the Essential . . . in Business and in LifeLeo Babauta, writer and blogger at Zen Habits, encourages readers to simplify all aspects of your life.  Babauta says, “Simplicity boils down to two steps: 1. Identify the essential. 2. Eliminate the rest.” He shares principles such as setting limits, changing habits and adjusting focus for letting go of our needing more mindset. Practical strategies for applying these principles to goal setting, time management, decluttering and other areas are also discussed. There are some gems throughout, but I especially appreciate the overall focus on moving towards less. Babauta says, “Focus on the essential and allow everything else to drop away. It’ll make you much happier, less stressed, and perhaps surprisingly, more productive.”  



2. Interesting Research  –Letting Go Psychology

Some of the reasons why letting go becomes challenging is that we get attached to or have an exaggerated sense of responsibility towards our belongings. In this short TED-Ed video by Christian Jarret“Why are we so attached to our things?” he explains some of the research and psychology behind our attachments. For example, Jean Piaget, a Swiss psychologist who pioneered work in child development, identified the “endowment effect.” Early in life a sense of ownership emerges where we value something more highly as soon as we own it. This can make letting go more difficult. Understanding more about our attachments can be the opening you need to start letting go.



3. Interesting Trend – Letting Go Motivation

Recently, I came across a phrase that made me curious. It was “Swedish death cleaning.” Have you heard of it? Margareta Magnusson, a Swedish artist and author of The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning – How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter,”uses the inevitability of death as the motivation to let go of your unnecessary possessions. The idea behind death cleaning is to reduce the amount of stuff that you leave behind for others to deal with. As someone that has helped many clients to downsize, de-possess or let go of their deceased loved ones things, I understand the value in taking personal responsibility for your own things so that others won’t have to. Reframing the idea of letting go, as a gift to our loved ones could be just the motivation needed to get you through.  



4. Interesting Product – Letting Go Flash Cards

One of the most innovative thinkers and authors in the organizing industry is my friend and colleague, Judith Kolberg. True to her creative process, she developed the “Get Rid of Your Stuff” flash cards. If you’re feeling stuck with what to do with your excess things, you’ll want these cards. There are a dozen different options for letting things go, like donating or selling them, along with tips for each category. Supercharge your decision-making and letting go skills with this well thought out product.



5. Interesting Thought – Letting Go Breath

Have you ever noticed when you hold on too tightly your body tenses up? Your breathing becomes shallow or you might even hold your breath. Holding on requires energy. When we hold on to things, people and places that no longer support us, we’re expending energy and effort that could be released or used in other ways. Let go and release your grip. Take a deep breath in. Let a big exhale out. Repeat as needed. Let go of what’s holding you back.


What are your interesting finds? Which of these resonate with you? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Come join the conversation!





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Reader Comments (8)

These are great, Linda! I'm looking forward to reading The Power of Less. It sounds like a great resource. The Swedish Death Cleaning is something I've been talking about with my clients recently. Clearing out a home, as you know, can be a difficult and time consuming (emotionally charged) task. The concept behind Death Cleaning is a strong motivator for some of my older clients to take a hard look at some of their 'miscellaneous drawers'!

April 16, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Quintana

You know this is just one of my favorite posts each time it comes out! Our NAPO-CT Chapter has decided to run a "book club" at our June meeting. We figure it gives us a bit of accountability to make sure we are current on reading in our industry, and also to give us a chance to talk about our reactions and thoughts on some of the materials our clients may be reading. We are starting with Margaret Magnusson's book in June, and maybe we'll read Leo Babauta's next!

April 16, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

This is a very empowering collection of finds, Linda. Thank you for sharing.

I am a fan of the "Swedish Death Cleaning" process. I read the book and I found that it has been my process for the many years organizing with clients. I have been sharing it with many of my older friends to help motivate them to start clearing out.

April 16, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSabrina Quairoli

Wow, I really enjoyed that video! So much information packed into less than 5 minutes - well worth watching!

April 16, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

@Diane- I'm so happy that you like these. It's fun to collect the finds and craft them to work on a particular topic like letting go. I bet you'll enjoy Babauta's book. Let me know. It's interesting how you've been talking with your clients about death cleaning. I agree that it can be a great motivator...especially for those "miscellaneous" drawers.

April 16, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

@Seana- Awww. Thank you. It's fun for me to collect, source and share. I'm so glad that you like this feature. How wonderful that your NAPO chapter is going to do start a book club. What a great choice using Margaret's book as your first one. I'd love to hear more about that after you've read and discussed it with your peers. If you're looking for other interesting books, aside from Babauta's book, I usually feature an interesting book for this feature. Here's a link to the feature:

You might find something else that your book club will enjoy. Happy reading!

April 16, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

@Sabrina- You're most welcome. Thank you for joining us. It sounds like both you and Diane are fans of the "death cleaning" process and uses it with your clients, especially as a motivator. Only recently had I heard that term. I see the value of sharing those ideas with clients because as Margaret says, it's never too early to start clearing.

April 16, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

@Janet- I'm so glad you liked the video. You're right that a lot of info was packed into something under 5 minutes. Amazing, right?

April 16, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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