There’s been a lot of press recently about Marie Kondo’s book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Considering the existing volume of self-help organizing books already out there we were curious why this book has captured people’s interest so powerfully.
The media is abuzz over it, our clients are talking about it, and after exploring it more thoroughly, we are inspired by it.
We live in a culture of consumption that really values volume. Coming from a totally different culture, Marie Kondo awakens us to a Japanese way of looking at our things. At the heart of her de-cluttering approach is the Shinto belief of animism – that objects have energy and a life force that should be acknowledged and honored.
The object of any de-cluttering method is getting rid of stuff. Kondo’s approach changes the focus of purging. Instead of analyzing objects for their functionality in our lives, she trains us to sense the energy within our possessions …and only keep those that inspire or create joy. Kondo’s technique is very spiritual and holistic – gets you out of your head and logic and into your heart and emotion. She’s asking what you want to carry forward with you in your lives.
The end result of the process is an uncluttered home and a clearer relationship with the things you own.
- Sort by category and order matters, start with clothes and end with memorabilia
- Do it quickly
- Find if the item sparks joy by holding it and sensing your body’s reaction
- Give yourself a time limit for the entire purging process- 1 week, 3 months, 1 year…decide first how long you will take for this project
- Do it now, don’t delay
Are you feeling inspired to try a new approach? Practice by holding an object and sense how it makes you feel. If it doesn’t spark joy, can you let it go? This exercise will get you in tune with the relationships you have with your stuff and move you towards a home you love.