Sparking joy all over the place

The Life-Changing Magic of
Tidying Up
by
Marie Kondo

Don’t
worry—I’m not about to post a YouTube video of my perfectly re-folded sock
drawer. (I haven’t gotten to that part yet.)
But I’m
here to tell you, guys, this total non-hoarder just dispensed with 3 garbage
bags full of clothes after reading this quick little book. And against all
odds, I recently packed for a 5-day trip in a mere carry-on!
 
I am a
changed woman.
And
dang, it feels good.
So here’s
why this book is sweeping the nation: Kondo’s theory is that we should keep
only the things that spark joy. 

Everything else: out!

So she
has you go through your home, touching each object (which I thought would be
counter to de-cluttering, based on research that shows that once we touch an
item in a store, we’re umpteen times more likely to buy it—but it actually helped
me get rid of stuff) and deciding whether it brings joy. Then you toss out all
the old stuff that no longer does it for you.
She
suggests going through your home by category, starting with clothes. This also
works. (Though I cheated and started weeding my library before I’d cleared all
the closets. Book fanatic inevitability.)
So here’s
what she suggests when it comes to the books: take all the books off the
shelves, stack them on the floor, and then pick up each book and decide whether
it gives you joy.
I might
actually do that.
Then you
go through everything else in your house, category by category.
Then you
get to do the fun part and KonMari your clothes.

(This
was my carry-on packing secret weapon.) 
So I’m
all swept up in it, purging things like a wild woman in my meager free time. It’s
become one of my treats.

I know.
Sick.

But this
place is looking darn spiffy, guys.

by

Reader, librarian, & happy little geek

6 thoughts on “Sparking joy all over the place

  1. I haven't read this book yet (over 200 people have it on hold at the library), but I love the concept of keeping only what brings you joy. Sometimes I find myself hanging onto things out of guilt, or a sense of obligation. No more! (And good for you for packing so light for your trip!)

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