Clearly, I must have been living under a rock, it turns out. While the rest of the world fell in love with Marie Kondo and her “life-changing magic of tidying up” making her latest book a bestseller with 2 million copies sold, I just discovered her book last week. Thanks to C, who found it in our local library, alerted to it by a newspaper. That means that I completely missed last year’s feature in New York Times here and more recently on decor8 here. It’s never too late, right?
For anyone interested in the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing, Marie Kondo offers warrior style approach. Not for the faint of heart. “Tidy a little a day and you’ll be tidying forever”. Instead, the radical approach is to get rid of stuff (don’t fall for storage solutions – useless!). Pile everything on the floor and ruthlessly go through it, item by item. Clothing, even books, must be first placed in a massive pile on the floor and then individually handled. Only items that “spark the joy” are to be saved.
You will find talk about “one source of truth”, as C and I call it, or a dedicated space, genius in its simplicity vertical storage, folding your clothing, and generally not leaving things “for later” to deal with. My personal favorite is emptying a bag completely at the end of the day. It’s a little thing, but I like the state of mind it creates. Also, treating your belongings with respect, especially clothing, and extending their longevity and usefulness to us, as well as always greeting your house.