Organizing My Life to Start Living “Lightly”
Disclaimer: I was asked to share Lightly and interview its author, Francine Jay. The views I share are my own.
Life. It can become overwhelming. We have so much on the go that we let certain things slip, or we pack things away to be dealt with at a later time. I am one of these people. I am guilty of placing items into a drawer or having a personal email box with hundreds of emails in it that are not necessary. Francine Jay, also known as Miss Minimalist, wants to help people organize their lives on our own terms. This fits in wth my goals of becoming a better me. She wrote Lightly to help people accomplish their organizing goals without any added pressure. I was introduced to this book to see how to get order to my home both physically and digitally when I am ready to tackle each task. I bought this book to learn how to make organizing my life easier.
What Lightly is all about
Lightly is all about lightening your life on your terms. There is not prescribed way of organizing your life. This book also does not give you any time lines you have to reach in order to achieve your goals. Lightly is more of a guide to help readers minimize their lives. Since there is no order to reading this book, readers can pop into it for advice when they need advice or inspiration.
This is what Miss Minimalist shares to inspire readers in Lightly:
- The advantages of paring down
- Ten simple steps to declutter your home (and how to keep it that way)
- A guide around your home to create space and serenity
- A program to get your children and partner to help declutter around your home
- Seeing how living lightly can help improve our world.
One of my favourite methods Francine had where deluttering is concerned is the Clean Slate method. Most people would pick through a drawer to take out the things you no longer want. Francine suggests you dump all of the contents of the drawer (thus giving you a clean slate). Now you are starting with a free space and can start to add the things you want to keep.
I love learning tips on how to live a little lighter in different aspects of my life. What would take it up a notch? Getting to pick the brain of the author for more insight into this way of organizing!
I had the opportunity to have a one-on-one interview with Miss Minimalist herself, Francine Jay! I had a few questions to ask her and we have a great time chatting about Francine’s book and our lives. Below are the questions I had for Francine about living “lightly.”
What inspired you to write Lightly?
I was inspired by my daughter. I wanted to give her advice that she could easily remember, simple, and a touchstone to help her live her values throughout her life. This got me started on summarize on this philosophy of minimalizing her life in the easiest way possible. I realized that this could help others as well. There is a lot of great advice I come across, but I always forget about it when the situation occurs. I really wanted to make this mantra-based philosophy so that when you are in just about any situation. I want Lightlyto be a resource to fall back on to help readers make a choice based on how you really want to live.
What makes Lightly different from other ways of organizing being presented?
Lightly is a lot less rigid that these other ways of organizing philosophies. It is a lot more forgiving. There is no pressure with Lightly. There is no order or program that needs to be done all at once. These ways of organizing may come off as a bit intimidating. Lightly gives you the freedom to lighten up a little or a lot. I am really providing readers with a set of tools to use to help you learn how to organize your life.
People are at different stages of their lives. This book meets readers where they are at certain points in their lives. It does not need to be read in order. Lightly is like a recipe book so readers can open it up to the area that you need to tackle. Once you have applied the advice found in a certain section of the book, it gives you the confidence to branch out into other areas. I want readers to keep it on hand so that they are ready some other part of your life it is there for you.
What is digital clutter and how do we deal with it?
Document, photos, and bookmarks are some items we stock pile on our devices. This makes it harder for us to find items when we need them. It is important to curate this space. We need to delete documents that are no longer relevant to your life. I talk about having an Out Box in my book to place these items in. I also like to do a full-scale digital declutter one a year to get a fresh start. Keep folders to organize your computer to make finding things easier.
We must also refine what we allow into our lives. Unsubscribe from the emailing lists that you are no longer your favourites to open. If you really need more of their information, you can always visit the website to get it again. Where social media accounts are concerned, choose just one or two that are relevant to what you do rather than trying to be on all of them. It is much more effective when we concentrate our efforts on one or two channels. When you spread yourself too thin, it doesn’t work.
Finally, turn off notifications on your smartphone. This will help to take away the urge to always have to engage with others online. As well, take time to unplug from the online world to give yourself time to recharge and enjoy the JOMO (Joy Of Missing Out).
What is your best takeaway from Lightly?
The best takeaway would be that you can do things daily to live “lightly.” It does not have to be this one big event or one intimidating thing that has to be done all at once. I tried to lay this out throughout the book so that these sections can be read in about five minutes. There are so many little things readers can do to accomplish their goals. I want to make decluttering or “lightening up” a lifestyle it is a lot more effective than going through this process all at once.
Living “lightly” one step at a time
It was really inspiring to begin organizing my life after reading and speaking with Francine Jay about Lightly. Learning how easy it can be to tackle each task on my terms got me to want less around my home and accomplish this goal. I also felt better after every task I set out for myself. Knowing that there is more space in my closet or on my laptop gives me a sigh of relief knowing what I no longer need is gone. There is more space to live. The fact that I did it on my terms makes me even happier. Being able to have it close by should I need tips for another area or organizing is an added bonus. I really enjoyed this book. It really took the pressure out of keeping what matters to me in my life.
What part of your life do you feel needs a bit of organizing?
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