I first heard about Marie Kondo and the KonMari method about six months ago, at the height of KonMari-fever. At the time it seemed like everyone was talking about The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. Marie Kondo was like a literary sensation level Oprah’s Book Club.
I decided to finally get more familiar with her methods after reading L’Art de la Simplicite, a book that serendipitously came into my life (through a Goodreads Giveaway) at exactly the right time.
My interest in minimalism and decluttering came in a lot of ways as a natural extension of my journey into body awareness. As I became more aware of my body and started to recognize the physical effects of different emotional states, I realized that different spaces also exert an influence on how we feel.
I started looking at our home in a different way than before. I was always very concerned with keeping the house clean. Recently though my concern for cleaning has been more a function of personal development than one of keeping up with appearances. I want my home to feel good to me and be easy to live in so I can get on with life.
So between spending an inordinate amount of time cleaning and also wanting a good energy space to live in I was convinced that I needed to start decluttering.
In the spring I spent two weeks decluttering the whole basement while listening to The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up on YouTube. I used it more as inspiration and less as an actual guide, even though she specifically warns against deviating from her exact plan.
It didn’t take long before I found myself cleaning more and more often. Every time I noticed the clutter reemerging I heard Marie Kondo’s words in my head. If you don’t do it fully and in the right order, the clutter will come back.
But when we really delve into the reasons for why we can’t let something go, there are only two: an attachment to the past or a fear for the future. Marie Kondo in The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up
So I’m giving the Kon Mari method an actual chance this time. I’m going to try to pay attention and follow the rules. First step: discard anything that doesn’t bring you joy.