I’m not exactly the most organized person in the world (and if you’ve seen my closet on one of those ‘goodness me, I have nothing to wear’ days, you would know what I mean) but I do enjoy a beautifully arranged space where everything has its own home.
I can’t explain why but the sight of a perfectly filed herbal tea drawer or an array of office folders immaculately colour coded makes my heart soar. I’m not kidding, my heart literally jumps out of my chest, spreads its little wings, leaps into the sky and flies like a happy eagle.
The Little Book of Tidying
A couple of weeks ago, I was introduced to the legendary Marie Kondo who’s best selling book ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing’ has been published in over 40 regions and countries. As a professional organizing consultant, she has dedicated a good chunk of her life to teaching people the art and benefits of decluttering and organizing your space.
After watching a few YouTube videos of women sharing their testimonies on how the book transformed their lives (I haven’t managed to get my hands on it yet but would love to), I decided to give it a try.
Only keep the things that Spark Joy!
Kondo’s main mantra lies in the premise that you should only keep things that spark joy.
Now I may not have necessarily followed everything the book says down to a T, but from the few spaces in my home that I decided to declutter and organize based on this simple premise, I was shocked to see how much I was ready to let go of.
I have no explanation for the amount of expired makeup I held onto or number of shoes that were gathering dust in the hopes that one day I’ll miraculously go down one size or gifted perfumes that I actually never liked but held onto because who doesn’t love a good perfume collection? It was ridiculous just how much stuff was occupying space in my home and yet didn’t do anything for me. Absolutely nothing.
Let the Purge begin
What I’ve learnt from my rudimentary adoption of the KonMari Method of tidying up is that I deserve to only have things that I absolutely love in my home. And that letting go of items I no longer cared for only provides me with room to get the things I actually love.
I’ve also realized that the process of putting my makeup on or selecting a pair of shoes to wear or picking out my handbag is much easier because I’m not bombarded with a myriad of choice that doesn’t actually appeal to me anymore.
It’s easier to get ready, my house doesn’t look as cluttered any more and I get to hold onto things that truly spark joy. What’s not to love about that?
I can’t wait to get my hands on her book and really delve into the KonMari Method of organising. If you have a moment to spare this evening or this weekend, I urge to go through your closet or perhaps makeup, maybe even your entire home, and purge the things that no longer spark joy.
In fact, how about you start by treating yourself to Kondo’s book and then you’ll really see for yourself how decluttering can change your life! Trust me, you’ll feel so much lighter afterwards.