Marie Kondo's book was one of those books that had been talked about so much that we didn't want to pick it up. Simply because we hate going down the beaten track. Also, we are bound to be disappointed given the hype, so we tell ourselves. And then a really good friend of ours gave it to us, so we read it. And it blew our minds. What starts off as 'just' a book about tidying evolves into a philosophical take on how we view and treat our possessions, and here's the kicker, how they treat us back.
The overarching idea of the book is how to tidy ONCE in your life so you never have to tidy again. That's one revolutionary thought right there. And we thought tidying was something that HAD to be recurring, much like taking out the trash. Not sexy, but has to be done. But Marie's approach is radical : go through your stuff category by category (she tells you which order to go through, and it makes perfect sense), and much like ripping off a bandaid, discard stuff. Keep only things that 'spark joy' in your life. And you'll know it once you touch it, because we attach emotions to things we care about. For the others, discard with no guilt, and each time thank the object for what it brought to you because each object has a purpose. Once that purpose has been fulfilled, you have to allow it to retire or move on to a second life. Once the purge is done, and only then, start putting things away. Miraculously, everything finds its spot. No bulging drawer, no wardrobe that threatens to bury you alive everytime you open it. And then the virtuous cycle starts.
Enter life changing minimalism & better skin
How about only bringing in and keeping things that you truly want? That will spark joy? There are only so many things that we can get truly attached to, so if we live by this, our possessions will be few but meaningful. Giving its due importance to and understanding the value of each object is what a true materialist does. And that's also how we get a pass at tidying, for life.
And there's more. Going Marie Kondo on your possessions can change your life and give you better skin. We told you, this book is one that keeps on giving. Better skin because well accumulating stuff also means accumulating dust. Also, if you surround yourself with possessions you love, you're bound to walk around your house with a perpetual glow right? And your stuff gives it right back : they are allowed to 'breathe' outside of the clutter they were once in, so look better and last longer. How's that for a sustainable lifestyle?
And changing your life? Marie tells of the amazing story of one of her clients who, after tidying her books, found out that the only ones she kept were about social welfare. So she quit her job working for an IT company and started her own child care company. But even without going through such a radical transformation, Marie says that clinically going through your stuff like that gives you greater confidence to make other choices in life by honing your decision making skills. And a decluttered house does not produce as much 'noise' and gives you a more calming, soothing environment that allows you to focus on the things that really matter to you.
Now if you'll excuse us, we have some tidying to do.