If you cross organizer Maria Kondo with Zen Buddhist Shunmyo Masuno you will come up with an ideal philosophy to get through difficult times with a sense of peace and joy. Add in a touch of wisdom from Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s Gift from the Sea and you’ll discover contentment that will guide you through challenging times, if not the rest of your life.
We were inspired by an excerpt from Masuno’s book The Art of Simple Living published on Houzz. Imagine the trickle down effect that tidying up your physical space can have on calming your mind and eventually shaping your home into a space where you can live a more peaceful and joyous lifestyle.
Our favorite lessons
Declutter and discard what you don’t need, and in the future acquire only what you need and love.
Consider your home as a sanctuary and celebrate nature with outdoor spaces.
Simplify room arrangements to help create order in your mind.
Create a space to enjoy quiet time without intrusions from the outside world.
Take advantage of unexpected down time to care for those you love.
Practice an end of day ritual to nourish yourself and create separation from the days events.
If you would like to explore more about creating order and how it can impact your sense of contentment, check out the following books.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
The Art of Simple Living by Shunmyo Masuno
Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
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