If you are anything like me, you will be really reluctant to let go of certain items in your cupboards and wardrobe. But everything changed for me when I visited a friend, originally a hoarder who had discovered a new book and way of being by Marie Kondo.
I was still hanging onto a jacket I bought in Paris 13 years ago that is completely out of date, but because it was a one off birthday treat and was really expensive, I didn’t have the heart to throw it out. The same with two little black dresses that were about to become Vintage items, together with several coats, not to mention the T-shirts, tops and shoes I hadn’t worn for a long time.
Rule of thumb from another close friend is, if you haven’t worn an item for over a year, then chuck it out. But even more exciting for me was to follow the advice of this incredibly informed declutter expert called Marie Kondo who really does own the T-shirt where tidying is concerned.
Marie Kondo’s amazing KonMari method of tidying really is life changing and her first book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up has become an international best seller. The author views her approach with a psychology normally reserved for more intellectual pursuits.
I have been trying out the method ever since my discovery of the Kondo phenomenon and although I started with the wardrobe and more than 20 black bin liners later, have just moved onto the kitchen and drawers throughout the house.
I started the process by talking to each item as she advises, and quickly got the idea as the emotional recall attached to each one came flooding back, with flashbacks of past and present, some with old memories that had been locked away for decades. I soon got the relevance of Kondo’s revelation, and can honestly say that it is quite powerful in helping me to move forward and in some cases let go of the past.
I wanted to try it out myself before imparting the knowledge to all of you Glotime viewers, and can report that it is life changing as Ms Kondo purports it to be and will even go as far as to say that it does bring joy and happiness into the home.
Well it creates space and minimalism which is in line with clarity, and it is not rocket science to work out that this in turn sparks joy in your environment.
The beauty of Marie Kondo’s philosophy is in its simplicity, and gave me the spurt I needed to clean up my act and my home.
Praise for Marie Kondo and The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up:
“Ms. Kondo delivers her tidy manifesto like a kind of Zen nanny, both hortatory and animistic.” — The New York Times
“. . . a literal how-to-heave-ho, and I recommend it for anyone who struggles with the material excess of living in a privileged society. (Thanks to Ms. Kondo, I kiss my old socks goodbye.) … To show you how serious my respect for Ms. Kondo is: if I ever get a tattoo, it will say, Spark Joy!” — Jamie Lee Curtis, TIME
“This book is a cult. A totally reasonable, scary cult that works, doesn’t kill people (a bonus), but does drastically change your life. In this case — for the better.” — Buzzfeed
“The most organized woman in the world.” — PureWow
“. . . her voice . . . is by turns stern and enchanted, like a fairy godmother for socks.” — The Wall Street Journal
“Reading it, you glimpse a glittering mental freedom from the unread/uncrafted/unworn, buyer’s remorse, the nervous eyeing of real estate listings. Life’s overwhelm, conquered.” — The Atlantic
“I can only describe the way I felt afterward as an organizational high. I had a sense of being more in control of my life than I ever had before, which inspired me to maintain the order in the months that followed. Not bad for a Sunday afternoon.” — In Style
“All hail the new decluttering queen Marie Kondo, whose mess-busting bestseller has prompted a craze for tidying in homes across the world . . . one proper clear out is all you need for the rest of your life.” — Good Housekeeping (UK)
“Kondo’s method really can change your life — if you let it.” — TODAY.com
“Kondo challenges you to ask yourself whether each object you have is achieving a purpose. Is it propelling you forward or holding you in the past?” — USA Today
“Its strength is its simplicity.” — The London Times