Over the holidays, I read a lovely book called “The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up: the Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing” by Marie Kondo, creator of the “Kon Mari Method.”
I first heard about this book when listening to Black Girl in Om podcast. Once I started reading this book, I became fascinated and mildly obsessed with implementing these teachings and philosophies into my life!
The Kon Mari method teaches people how to clean up so they never have to clean again! Instead of throwing out things just to get rid of them, clean up and make space, the Kon Mari method teaches us how to surround ourselves only with items that bring you JOY!
Can you imagine living and working in a space where EVERYTHING around you brings you JOY! I was so intrigued (and a little skeptical) when I first started reading. Does this really work?
The Kon Mari Method suggests when encountering an item that has served its purpose, it’s time to thank the item and let it go!
It doesn’t matter if it’s clothes, books, kitchenware, photos, momentos—if it isn’t bringing you “JOY” then it’s time to give it away or throw it away because it has already served its purpose in your life.
Kondo explains throughout the book, why it’s important to break away from old myths and beliefs that we have about holding onto all of our “stuff”and the reasons (and excuses) why people don’t want to let something go, but instead allow it to clutter and take up space in our lives.
Kondo spends most of the book breaking down various excuses, myths and beliefs that we hold about why we don’t declutter and get rid of our stuff. Andy why we hold onto things that no longer bring us joy.
Some common excuses:
“I might need this one day, I should keep it just in case.”
“This was a gift, I shouldn’t get rid of it.”
“Someone could use this, maybe my little sister will want this [item.]”
“This is in perfectly good condition, I can’t throw it away.”
If you’ve used any of these excuses when it comes to organizing, this book is for you!
Tidying and decluttering through the Kon Mari method may seem easy, but there is a real art, science and psychology to this method!
Also, the state of our living spaces directly reflects our inner state. When our minds and emotions are tangled and cluttered it impacts what’s happening in our daily lives.
Most people who have tried the Kon Mari method say that major changes happened because of it. Some people left relationships, moved, found a new career or discovered a new part of themselves.
I’m committed to implementing the Kon Mari method in 2018. I’m setting the intention and planting the seed:
“I’m ready to let go of all that no longer serves me and ready to receive more JOY into my life!”
If you are too, then reply back and maybe we can support one another in practicing the Kon Mari method! It’ll be a journey, but one that could transform our lives forever!
But, the first step is setting your intention and reading “The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up: the Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing” by Marie Kondo.”
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