Saturday, September 03, 2016

Life-Changing Magic?

This past week I read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. (If you've heard of the KonMari method, it's this.) I'm getting increasingly into minimalism - if not in practice, at least the idea of it. My room is more minimalistic than most people's, but I come to a point every so often where it feels chaotic and stagnant at the same time. Overgrown.

Preliminary complaints about the book: Kondo tends to present her method of folding/sorting/etc as THE way, and her experiences as THE truth. She also claims that once you get your house decluttered, you will never, not once, revert to your old ways. I find that a little hard to believe.

The beginning section felt like, "Great stuff, Marie, but could you make this last twice as many pages before we get to the actual tidying part?"

However, I love the book's main point: Keep only the things that don't spark joy. Yeah, I have a hard time finding joy in toothpaste or trash cans, but I see the point. If it's not making you happy, why are you hanging on to it? You'll never use those spare buttons, you don't need your laptop's box, and you can find user manuals online.

Guilt-free discarding and, yes, even guilt-free keeping.

Some people advise: If you haven't worn it in a year, you don't need it. Or, pack away undecideds and if you haven't opened the box in 6 months, out it goes. But I like the criteria of: Is it making you happy? Because isn't that why you want your house clean? To have a space you love and can relax in?

Here are the clothes I had before decluttering:

And now divided between keep (on bed), donate (in grey bin and fabric bags), and discard (trash bag).

Here they are now. I don't wear fancy stuff, so everything I own can be folded except my winter coats, which are in the hall closet. (KonMari says to store all your like items together, but I have no curtain rod anymore.) I even fold my dresses. I only have three, and they're jersey, and I wear them less than once a year. These are my everyday/weekly clothes: