Translated from Japanese, Marie Kondo's little book is already #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list for non-fiction. This is pretty exciting stuff for compulsive organizers like me. As a woman who is teased by one and all for keeping my spices in alphabetical order, I was skeptical. Maybe this book would be just another "how to" repetition of the same old techniques.
The "KonMari method" is the polar opposite of what we've been taught. Ms. Kondo tells us to take each item in our homes in our hands individually and ask, "Does this spark joy?"
If it does, keep it.
If it does not, discard it.
It's that simple.
|These books spark joy for me .|
Yesterday I was able to bring books to Goodwill without feeling bad or wondering if I should keep them "to read again someday". I was surprised at how reframing the question I asked as I sorted changed the outcome. It was almost a religious experience!
Before I read the book, I thought I'd already done a pretty good job of decluttering. After all, we successfully downsized from a 3500 square foot farm house to a condo, didn't we? Since I've read it, I've taken two more trips to Goodwill with the back of my Subaru full of things I thought I needed. It's OK to let them go now.