What I love about her philosophy is that it's not just about managing our "stuff." She really gets the emotional connection most of us have with our belongings, the impact our possessions have on our day-to-day life, and the tendency many of us have to hang onto stuff that doesn't serve us any more.
Here's what Jennifer had to say about using mindfulness as a process for clearing out clutter:
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Organizing As Mindfulness, by guest blogger Jennifer Lynn Miller
The word "mindfulness" gets used a lot these days, and it can often sound a little woo woo. Really, all it means is paying attention; knowing what's going on inside and around you.
From my perspective, mindfulness is the #1 goal of getting organized. Yes, it's nice to declutter a space, and yes, I do love me some labeled bins. It feels good, and also saves you time every day, to have all your stuff accessible and easy to find. But - what is being organized all about for me?
Being organized is being mindful of your possessions.
What exactly does that mean? It just means you know what you have, why you have each item, and where it is. You don't have dark corners crammed with who-knows-what. You don't have items that you have just to have. What you do have is things you love, need, and use - and you know where they are.
It's as simple as that. Except, of course, that the process of getting there is often not so simple.