Have you heard of that little book by Marie Kondo about tidying up? !Well, if you are the 1-2 people on earth that that haven’t hear or read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up:The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, I am psyched to start what I call Kondo-ing in the next week. I read this book before we moved last year and purged (loved-away if you read the book) items that no longer sparked joy. I am in need of reevaluating the joy in my basement and closets. From my experience, The book should probably be read twice. Her advice is firm, wise, and so cute.
I recommend this book because it is quirky, cultural, and effective. Marie Kondo recommends that you talk to your items before you decide to keep or discard them. After having lived in Japan for a year I can completely see the cuteness that goes into folding clothes just right and the importance of a tidy and inspiring environment as it aligns with the Japanese focus on balance or WA. The process, if you follow it exactlyclosely is life-changing. My closet and life seem less cluttered and lighter after following her rules.
Here are my favorite quotes from the book:
“The space in which we live should be for the person we are becoming now, not for the person we were in the past.” “Keep only those things that speak to your heart. Then take the plunge and discard all the rest. By doing this, you can reset your life and embark on a new lifestyle.” “The question of what you want to own is actually the question of how you want to live your life.” (yikes, but true)
“But when we really delve into the reasons for why we can’t let something go, there are only two: an attachment to the past or a fear for the future.”
“Visible mess helps distract us from the true source of the disorder.”
Have you tried Kondo-ing? How did it go?