One of my goals for the first 90 days of this year is to read 1 book/week… and, to my shock, I’ve actually been able to stick to it. My early success with this goal might be a result of the fact that I’ve committed to sharing a book review on Instagram every Sunday, so I feel the need to stay accountable. But it has also served as a great reminder that it doesn’t take very long to read a book – sometimes just 3 to 6 hours, depending on how long it is – all we have to do is make the time.
Time is something that many of us claim to never have enough of, despite the fact that we’re all given the same number of hours and minutes in a day. I’ve come to realize that so much of our personal definition of the word “time” is based on how many tasks and to-dos are floating around in our brains. Even if it only takes 5 or 10 minutes to accomplish some of them, each task takes up mental space that makes us feel “busy”, and that’s space we can’t get back until a task is complete.
For years, I would write “clean” on my weekly task list. By “clean”, I didn’t just mean do laundry or scrub the bathroom tub; I meant tidy up and re-organize my belongings. Since getting rid of 75% of my stuff, however, I never have to do that. Whenever I’m done with something, I put it back where it belongs – in a spot that’s easily accessible and makes sense for me. And because I got rid of so much stuff, I never feel overwhelmed by the task (so now “clean” finally means exactly that).
I want the same to be true for you, which is why I’m giving away two books that can help.
While I didn’t read Marie Kondo’s books until after I’d finished decluttering, they did remind me to setup my home in a way that all my things are exactly where they should be; that means never wondering where things are, why I’d put them here or there, and removing any annoyances (like needing a lamp where there’s little light but being too lazy to move an existing one). Now, I genuinely enjoy walking into each room, because they are organized and inviting.
If that sounds ideal to you, I would encourage you to read both The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy by Marie Kondo. By now, I’m sure your local library has dozens of copies (and if not, they should). But if you’d like to win copies for yourself, I’m giving away a set of both to one person.
To enter this giveaway, you can subscribe to my mailing list (5 entries), visit my Facebook page (3 entries), follow me on Twitter (3 entries), tweet about it (2 entries) or leave a comment on this post that answers the question listed (1 entry). You can also do all of these things for a total of 14 entries.
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Since the content is universal, this giveaway is open to readers worldwide. It starts on Monday, February 1st at 4:00 a.m. PST and ends on Saturday, February 6th at 4:00 a.m. PST.
Good luck! And happy tidying :)