Make Space for What Matters: Rethinking Black Friday

It’s black Friday. And I’m going to encourage you to do something that will drive retailers nuts. Get rid of things and make space for what matters. Marie Kondo wrote a book title The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. In it, she had one simple filter for whether or not you should hang on to something

“Does this spark joy?”

A perfect excuse to get rid of all of the following

  • Ugly Christmas sweaters
  • The CDrom drive you swear is still usable
  • That pair of shoes that matches with something you wear once a year
  • Anything you’ve probably purchased at Brookstone
  • Books you thought you’d eventually read but never did
  • All the schwag you’ve collected at conferences

One day I walked into my office and looked at all the books on my shelf. I threw all the ones that didn’t spark joy into a box. What were left were books by Penguin. A few days later my editor at Penguin Portfolio sent me an email asking if I’d like to write a book for them. While I think most new age things are nonsense, I do believe in making space for what matters. When your life is filled with the many insignificant and inconsequential things, there’s not enough space for the critical few things that ultimately lead to a life filled with more meaning and purpose.

On the surface, the life of a minimalist like Colin G. Wright might seem like it’s about the number of possessions he owns. But look beyond the surface and you’ll start to realize that it’s about making space for things that matter. When you’re not constrained by the things you own, you can start to take ownership of your life.

If you must purchase something, support a small business owner on shopify or etsy.

  • Buy a piece of art from a visual artist.
  • Purchase a book from an author you love.

And if you’re a creator of any kind, who has something to sell and share a link in the comments below. Share this post with someone, and let’s usee if we can’t get as many purchases as possible to support individual creators instead of massive retailers.

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