Spark Joy Together: Sorting & Sharing our Stuff community events in Natick!, series 2

Are you unhappy in your home due to too much "stuff"?
Do you not know where to start to simplify and organize?
Do you need motivation and encouragement?

While finding joy in our homes, we make more conscious decisions so joy fills other parts of our lives too, in our jobs, actions, and relationships. (I changed jobs, remade my garden, and published a long unfinished book...all possible because of the mindfulness work I did with spark joy simplifying in my home!) As discussed in my first post on this site, this style of home organizing was inspired by the book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing” by Marie Kondo.

I wanted to share this joy with others so I offered it to folks at Roots and Wings Yoga and Healing Arts at 317 N. Main St., Natick, MA, in a community event, March-July 2019. The regular participants want to take it again and hope others will join us. So the 2nd series will start in October 2019. Eight participants maximum. We will be gathering again in the Heartwood Room, on the 2nd floor.

2nd Saturday of Oct. 2019 - Feb. 2020: 
10/12, 11/9, 12/14, 1/11, 2/8
3-5 pm
A five-part series
(but you can benefit even if you miss some parts)
pre-registration required

Participants will come together to get support, motivation, and encouragement. We will bring possessions from our homes (what you can carry in one load, ie. 2 bags). With support, we will select and make decisions about what to keep or not, based on what sparks joy for us now, not based on past experiences or future desires.

While sorting, we see and hold again what we own, possibly finding and appreciating our things on a different level than previously. We might start to learn more about ourselves if we notice trends in what we choose to keep. It is a gift is to discover what sparks joy for us NOW, and let go of what does not, so someone else can benefit from our things that are no longer beneficial to us, and so we don’t continue to fill our homes with items that don’t benefit us. This is a practice. It gets easier to do as we progress!

* For each event, bring one item that you really appreciate having, that you do not want to part with. We will start by sharing with the group why our special item is special to us. This will be a way to get to know each other and ourselves better. Mindfulness helps us make thoughtful choices, and can help guide us in our sorting decisions.

Some of us find it easier to part with our things if we know someone else will appreciate them…so we are doing Swaps at these events, and donating. A swap is when you take what you want from piles of what another person doesn’t want. I will help by taking anything not wanted at the end of each event to charities (Savers, libraries, prisons) and recycling. In this way, we get to give away what no longer sparks joy for us, but might spark joy for another. It is powerful that others can get joy from what we no longer need, and generous of us to share. This gives our items a new life!

Theme with Date and Preparation Notes for each Sort and Swap:


1. Clothes10/12
Before we meet, go through your clothes and bag up to bring mostly the things you are ready to part with, or questionable things. After our special item-of-clothes share (see * above), we will sort our clothes. If you bring something you aren't sure you want to keep anymore, you can optionally try them on and get our supportive feedback. We will put out the clothes we don't want anymore, and swap! I will discuss helpful clothing storage techniques and place to consign or donate what is left.

2. Books, 11/9
Before we meet, go through your books and bag up ones you aren’t sure why you have them in your home. After our special book share (see * above), we will sort what to keep, and what to pass on. Then we’ll organize the ones we are keeping into categories unique for each of us. We will put out the books we don't want anymore, and swap (with each other and give away the rest)!

3. Paper, 12/14
Before we meet, go through paper you've been holding onto, for instance files, kids artwork, and documents, and bag up what you aren’t sure why you have been keeping them. After our special item share (see * above, ie. a letter, a list, a document, an award), we will sort into piles to shred, recycle, and keep…and organize the paper we are keeping to better store at home until we need them.

4. Miscellany1/11
Before we meet, go through miscellaneous things you've been holding onto, for instance kitchen objects, jewelry, and bathroom supplies. Bag up things that you aren’t sure why you have been keeping them. After our special item share (see * above, ie. favorite cooking spoon, bowl, towel), we will sort what to keep and what to pass on. Then we’ll organize the things we are keeping into categories and discuss storage ideas. We will put out the items we don't want anymore, and swap!

5. Mementos2/8
This might be the hardest category of items to simplify in our homes because they are connected to us more emotionally. As mentioned before, sorting is a practice and it gets easier to do as we progress. If you were with us for most of this series, this will be easier to do by the time we get to this.

Before we meet, go through mementos you've been holding onto, for instance photos and collectables, and bag up things that you aren’t sure why you have been keeping them. After our special item share (see * above, ie. a photo, a ring, a shell), we will discuss memories vs. objects, parent collections, expectations, history, and more. Then we will motivate each other as we sort what to keep and what to pass on. We’ll organize the things we are keeping into categories and discuss storage ideas. We will put out the items we don't want anymore, and swap!

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Please refrain from using, and bringing, scented products.
Please bring no excessively soiled or moldy items.

Price for event participation (3 options):
- $100 for the series (a discount if paid in full by 9/1/19) or
- $30 for each event if you pay-as-you-go (all 5 parts = $150)
(You can benefit even if you miss some parts of the five part series.)

Prepay with a check sent to Roots & Wings, 317 N. Main St., Natick, MA 01760 c/o Debra Griffin (payable to Debra Griffin), or through PayPal (the link will be provided over email after you preregister).

To preregister:
Please provide your name and (cell) phone number and how you will be paying in a email to me. More information might need to be shared in advance so this will give us a way to communicate: sparkjoydeb@gmail.com

Maximum 8 participants, so sign up soon to save your place.
pre-registration required

Come with a friend or family member; this will be fun and helpful!
Testimonials from the first series here.

Explore this site for more details about this work and the in-home support I offer.



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