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there is a Netflix series "Tidying Up" with Marie Kondo. simple enough; it looks like purposeful spring cleaning.

first working from a single pile of all of one’s clothes, one at a time, one asks does this spark joy? next ask that same question for each and every general household possession, those things in rooms like kitchens. bathrooms, and linen closets, then go through each book and every bit of paperwork, and, finally, go through each sentimental item. give thanks for every item that doesn't any longer before releasing it to be discarded or better yet, given away.

in a recent New York Times article “The Unbearable Heaviness of Clutter,” we read that a cluttered home can be a stressful home, researchers are learning. our lives are increasingly plagued by an equivalent of mental clutter. beyond the cacophony of daily noise, we are tethered to smart phones, tablets, spend countless hours watching internet streaming services and every other form of media we consume.

it is important to create new mind and body habits to support who we are becoming, not who we were. in addition to taking the steps to declutter your spaces, don't forget to do the same for your mind and body. simply doing nothing but breathing for fifteen minutes a day can make a big difference.

before she helps her clients declutter, Ms. Kondo kneels on the floor, and bows, thanks and blesses their home. that's a very important part of mindfulness. in the midst of the internal and external clutter, tranquility is possible. regardless of the state we are in, gratitude is key.

little did we know that "Tidying Up" helps us evolve our medicine game.

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