KONMARI BASICS: JAPANESE ART OF DECLUTTERING 🇯🇵🏡
Everyone in my life is talking about The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, a book by Japanese organizational consultant Marie Kondo. Let me break it down
- •The basic advice: all your stuff should "spark joy" in your lifeKondo calls her system the KonMari method. She reverses the way many people cull their possessions. Instead of helping you decide what to throw out, she tells you to go through all of your stuff and decide what to keep. The idea is to sort through your belongings and decide whether each one "sparks joy". This requires *physically* picking up each item one at a time —you have to hold it in your hands and see how your body reacts — and determining whether you feel a rush of joy. NUTS yet effective
- •have a place for everything, and always put things back in their places.getting rid of stuff is just half of the book. The rest is about how to put your remaining, joy-sparking possessions away and keep them neat. Reminder that it all sounds NUTS: going through your old mementos, for example, helps you "process your past." She also advocates thanking the items you throw out for their service. She says your clothing wants to be folded a certain way, and that decluttering is a form of "detoxing"
- •I know I knooooowEven if you don't buy into some of her tone, much of her advice ends up serving as a good stand-in for lots of the other cleaning advice you've heard over the years — if you've been keeping a pair of pants until you lose weight and fit into them again, toss them (they aren't sparking joy). If you haven't worn or used something in a year, you really might not need it (once again, no joy)
- •behavioral economics perspectiveOur tendency to overvalue possessions is called the "endowment effect." Google that shit. It's real. Kondo's "decide what to keep, not what to throw away" overcomes that hurdle by making throwing away, not hoarding, the default — in a way, it forces you to think about what stuff you would acquire over again, as opposed to what you could bear to part with.
- •Can housecleaning really be "life-changing?"The logic is that deciding which of your possessions you truly love means making a decision about the kind of person you are or want to be. Yes, I will keep that HTML book, because I really am excited about learning web design. No, I'll never reread Moby Dick; I'm just keeping it as a trophy of that one time I finished Moby Dick.
- •🙏It's def spiritual 🙏A clean home is a lot like a Shinto shrine: "The inside of a house or apartment after de-cluttering has much in common with a Shinto shrine ... a place where there are no unnecessary things, and our thoughts become clear. It is the place where we appreciate all the things that support us. ... It is where we review and rethink about ourselves."
- •You're folding your clothes all wrongAt least in Kondo's estimation. Most people fold clothes flat and stack them one on top of the other, which means you have to dig through a pile to see what's underneath. She advocates making them into more compact packages and putting them into the drawer sideways//m.youtube.com/watch?v=4aBo_MS6CSQ
- •Kick nostalgia to the curbSo old letters from lovers fill you with the warm glow of nostalgia? Let Kondo douse that warmth in ice water for you: "The purpose of a letter is fulfilled the moment it is received. By now, the person who wrote it has long forgotten what he or she wrote and the letter's very existence." ... harsh! One of her dictums is that clients should never start their tidying with sentimental items; if they did, they'd never finish.
- •I mean it's a a lil zany and not for everyone but I did get some good lifehacksI'm already a super minimalist with a go bag ready for any occasion so maybe it was easier for me to digest. Stuff is so emotional y'all
- •BONUS: borrow this from the library. If you do buy it, pass it on to someone else when you're done. Because clutter