Currently reading: The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. I've been drawn to downsizing, discarding and minimizing over the last couple of years. While I've made great progress as an ex-pack rat, I still struggle with believing I too can be one to just let things go.
Susan Bolotin of Workman Publishing said, “There’s a dreamy quality to it...It’s a book that promises something that is almost beyond imagination. It’s magic.” (Read more from this WSJ article)
Susan is right.
This post isn't a summary of the book, but a notation of a couple of personal paradigm shifts.
1. Re: discarding. Kondo asks every client to answer the following question before deciding to keep or toss:
Does it spark joy?
2. If our belongings don't spark joy, why are we making space for them? What if we only made space for that which we really treasured?
“To truly cherish the things that are most important to you, you must discard those things that have truly outlived their purpose.” —Marie Kondo
3. Beauty for the sake of beauty is enough. If we decide to only own what we really love, then doesn't beauty and art move up to highest priority?
If any of this brings you a small sense of serenity, you won't regret giving this book a read (or listen). I started it yesterday and I'm almost finished.
Perhaps you've already read it. What did you think? Did it spill into other areas of your life?