For the past few months I've been hearing about Marie Kondo's simple and joy-filled method of decluttering your life. Her book, The Life Changing Method of Tidying Up, is a major best-seller and although I didn't read it, I did enough reading about it online last night to get the gist of what to do and I set straight to work. (Update: I've since listened to the audiobook 9 times - I kept it on the whole time I transformed my space)
Now I already consider myself a minimalist and I truly only buy things that I love or need, so I wondered how this method would alter things, if at all.
Well, I got rid of 3/4 of my wardrobe (which was already more sparse than anyone else's I've ever seen) and I also parted ways with 3/4 of my jewelry collection (most of which, my daughter claimed). WHAT?!?! It's true. And that's just the first room. I'll be hitting them all over the next while, including my basement. Side note: Marie says to do things by category and not by room but I chose not to listen.
How does the KonMari Method work? Hold each item and ask yourself, "Does this bring me joy?" (your heart will know). If it does, keep it. If it doesn't, don't keep it (unless it's useful, of course). Thank it for its service and then donate, sell or throw it out. After the initial purge, there is a special way to store your goodies which you can learn about via Google or her book. Here's a Reddit link where Marie Kondo answers a ton of great questions.
But back to joy! Just because it brought you joy in the past doesn't mean it's bringing you joy in the present, so let it be on its way to a person or space that can appreciate it even more than you can right now.
Yes, you can keep things you don't use just because they make you happy. Like these never-worn Mandyland underwear for instance. They were custom made for me by the Roller City Roller Girls about 6 years ago as a thank you gift for the feature I wrote about them in Echo Weekly magazine. The personalized vintage style and all that gold glitter made my heart so happy that I kept it more as a sweet treasure than an actual item to use.
And all the glitter still remains.
P.S. You can follow my decluttering journey here.
Look at this beautiful desk one of my neighbours gave away! I definitely don't need it but hoped Paige would want it and she does and she loves it. Another upgrade!
And then a week later another free score from a different neighbour who's selling their home. This is in immaculate condition and I'm keeping it! I'm still on a roll with transforming my home and donated another trunk load of goodies today. I'm completely done both floors and all rooms. My basement is the only space left to transform and so far so good. I'm treating it as separate from the rest of my place. It might take a few days to finish it but I'm ready! Feeling so light and free and happy!
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