I haven’t posted about anything I’ve read this year because none of the books moved me enough to write about them. Well, 2015 is almost over but I just finished a book I need to write about.
With a title like that, the book better deliver, and for me, it did. Marie Kondo’s decluttering philosophy is based on a simple question–“does this bring me joy?” If it does, keep it, organize it, and cherish it. If it does not, thank it for serving its purpose and send it on to the next stage of its journey through life.
Determining when possessions have already served their purpose in your life has helped me tremendously. I’m a big sentimental keeper of things; unable to part with something based on who gave it to me or where I was when I got it. More relevant to my life right now, I tend to hang on to shirts I’ve gotten from running races.
This shirt is nice enough, and sure, I loved the race, but does this shirt bring me joy? Any hesitation in my mind means the answer is no. So I thanked the shirt for bringing me joy when I picked up my race packet and put it in the discard pile, off to continue its journey.
Kondo encourages a dialogue between you and your possessions; thanking them for what they’ve done for you and in the case of items like shoes and socks, how hard they work each day. This unusual method might put some people off but as someone who apologizes when I bump into inanimate objects, talking to my clothes is not a problem for me. The point is to truly appreciate what you have and build a personal connection with it. You may have fewer things when you’re done with her discarding process but you’re going to truly love them.
The discard process as she describes it involves collecting all your clothes, putting them on the floor, and looking at them at one time. I wasn’t about to make a giant pile on our small, dog hair filled floors so I instead opted for one drawer of clothes at a time on the bed.
Here’s a drawer I keep running/athletic stuff in before the process:
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up has made it so much simpler for me to decide what I keep and what I will purchase going forward. By only surrounding myself with things that bring me joy there will be plenty of room in my living space to pursue other interests, unobstructed by clutter.