Marie Kondo is a neat freak. Better still, she’s an excellent writer and can teach you a thing or two about tidying up your home. And tidying up doesn’t mean putting things where they usually belong or sticking them into cupboards where they’re no longer visible – it’s about letting go of every item in your home that doesn’t bring you “joy”.
In her book she tells her readers to pick up every item in their home (clothing, books, electronic gadgets, komonos, or, small miscellaneous items etc) and ask themselves,
“Does this bring me joy?”
If the answer is no, discard it.
Brutal? Yes, very. But her logic is elegant. If it doesn’t bring you joy, then it has no place in your cluttered home.
Decluttering is the first step to liberating the mind. Only when you have thoroughly gone through every item in your home, keeping only those items that bring you joy, and discarding absolutely everything else, have you truly tidied up. When you look around you and feel peace in your own space, you can truly focus on the things that matter, or on things that you’ve always wanted to do. She also boasts a zero rebound rate from her clients (yes, people actually hire her to help them clean up their homes!), because her method, coined the KonMari, is about tidying up once, all in one go, and never again.
Even her book is streamlined and only filled with essential information. No sentence is wasted. She prides herself as being a neat freak since the age of 5, reading her mom’s lifestyle magazines for inspiration. She was a little bossy cat, cleaning not only her own space but the rooms of her siblings and her parents’ living room, having a relentless dedication to discarding things. But her KonMari method didn’t come naturally – it appears it took her decades of refinement, pouring over every lifestyle magazine there was and trying out every storage method in vogue before she came up with her rather unique Zenist tidying theory.
It took me around 4 hours to speed read this book. After completing it I had much motivation to declutter my space and was filled with the courage to discard all those old clothes, photos and mementos that I’ve been holding on to dear life for a decade. Now if I can just get those out the door before my courage wanes…
Read it! You won’t regret it! It might even change your life.
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