Bryan’s Purge of 2016

One of my goals in 2016 to is reduce my physical and digital belongings.

A few months ago, I read the sample of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, and I’m inspired by the concept.

This #1 New York Times best-selling guide to decluttering your home from Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes readers step-by-step through her revolutionary KonMari Method for simplifying, organizing, and storing.

Working at Automattic1 means my gear and wardrobe needs are minimal. I really appreciate the freedom of a small wardrobe — and comfy swag helps, too.🙂

I tend to keep something if there’s a chance I might need it later, which means that I’ve brought some items along in a few moves that I haven’t used in years. I’d ultimately love to feel confident that I enjoy and need all of my belongings.

Most items around home—mainly stuff in my office—don’t bring me joy. I rarely see them. When I do, my eyes gloss over them, with little or no pride. Occasional annoyance, even. (e.g. “Why do I still have this?”)

Someone else should have a chance to find joy from these items! Or, I should snap a photo, save it to Day One with a brief description, then trash the item.

By the end of 2016, I want to feel proud when seeing any item at home.

My next step: Read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.


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Bryan Villarin

Bryan is a Happiness Engineer at Automattic. He's also a photographer, card magician, and cat whisperer. (Thanks to my friend and colleague Steve Blythe for the sweet photo!)

4 thoughts on “Bryan’s Purge of 2016”

  1. I love this! I’ve always been into minimizing stuff, but our stuff count has ebbed and flowed over the years. I’ve recently done a massive decluttering to my wardrobe and am working through the house room by room now. It gives me a sense of accomplishment to work through the process.

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  2. I’m working on something similar. For me, it’s more concentration on being mindful and in the moment. There’s also a strong need to have my tangible and digital life cleaner as well.

    Definitely worth reading the full book. It does get a little repetitive but it helps to understand the full process.

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