Life-Changing Magic: A Book for the New Year
I recently boughtthe life-changing magic of tidying up: the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing by Marie Kondo as a gift for someone and couldn't resist buying one for myself because it looked so interesting. It is a perfect gift for the new year as it relates to “cleaning up your psychological space” by going through your things and putting your house, and by extension your thoughts and mind, in a self-confident state of clarity.
Kondo begins by saying many people get the urge to tidy “because they want to put something else in order.”
The book does make me want to discard, and Kondos explanations allow one to do so without the guilt of letting things go. Her philosophy of animating objects and conveying their ultimate purpose to serve you because you connected with them some how (through buying, a thoughtful gift of someone, or acquiring through other means) and releasing them after service with a thank you for their accomplishment or meaning, even if only the thought behind them is wonderfully liberating.
“Thank you for your service.”
“Thank you for giving me joy when I bought you.”
’Thank you for teaching me what doesn’t suit me’ and let it go.”
Things to know:
There is a tidying order.
Clothes are first, and can be broken into sub categories. Momentos come last and this order should be adhered to as not to be derailed from your ultimate goal.
Store all things of the same clothing category side by side. “Clothes, like people, can relax more freely when in the company of others who are very similar in type.”
Handle each item to know if it sparks joy.
Handling each item will help you to “process your past” and gain great self-confidence about who you are and what you need.
“Letting go is even more important than adding.”
Tidying can help you understand what is truly precious in your life.
A final idea this book has made me think about is the case for buying something in person. I have been buying a lot online in the past few years and have noticed that so much of what I am quick to get rid of is from online as well. If one must touch something to know if it sparks joy, perhaps it is in fact more efficient to buy things in person, even if not more convenient.