No more guilt, sorrow or confusion staring me in the face.
The whole world seems to know about this book, but if you don’t, I have the supreme pleasure of turning you on to something that has brought a new joy and clarity into my life. Let’s hear it for joy and clarity!
As you know I am a minimalist, both in home decor and my personal style. What could I possibly have to winnow through? But there are things. Deep and dark secrets in my closets and drawers. Filing cabinets filled with papers I haven’t looked at in years but that I can’t toss. Books that I’ve had for ten years that I’ve been meaning to read, and can’t get rid of, “because I plan to read them.”
Marie Kondo has given me permission to “tidy up.” That means there are two questions, and two only that you need to ask yourself when going through your things. “Does this bring me joy?” and “Where shall I put it?”
It’s amazing how many things we have in our homes and closets that do not bring us joy and instead, inspire guilt, remorse or sadness. Or, the ennui of having to get rid of it.
By asking “does it bring me joy” you are released from the whole stumbling block of waffling: “but its in such good condition” or “my mother gave it to me.” Often there are expensive style mistakes that we groan at every time we open the closet accompanied by the shame of spending so much money on something that we’ll never wear. Marie says, who needs guilt every time you open your closet? It saps your life force. You deserve better. Marie has a ceremony for those types of items, and how to finally get them out of your life.
This is not a clever how to book. This is an engagingly written book with tremendous soul. It is conversational, as if your best Japanese friend is talking to only you. Marie teaches you to thank your objects that have served you before relegating to the garbage/give away pile. You’ll learn why you should not ball your socks and how to actually get rid of books and papers that have stumped you for years.
Most important, you will learn why tidying up your life is “life changing magic.”
I’m going to stop because I could go on and on. Can you please just get it and read it?
P.S. Those of you who have read the book, please share your thoughts below! And those of you who haven’t, tell us about your storage or clutter, or…tidiness, as the case may be!
P.P.S. I love Marie’s discussion on the Japanese art of folding. The Japanese have always been folders — of kimonos, of fabrics, of paper.
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