If you’ve had trouble following through on your New Year’s resolution to get organized, you may be better suited to “shedding.”
In Julie Morgenstern’s new book, When Organizing Isn’t Enough, she differentiates between organizing and shedding: It’s possible to get organized without throwing anything away. But shedding requires letting go of the “trash” that’s weighing you down, so you can discover who you are without all your “stuff.”
“Shedding is a process for decluttering your life to make room for change,” Morgenstern says.
Example of shedding: clearing a calendar of engagements that drag you down rather than invigorate.
How to tell if you’re a good candidate for shedding? If you’re facing a transition, you may gain more from shedding than simply organizing.
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