So here I am, back to our regularly scheduled blog posts!
For those of you who don’t know, I recently moved into a lovely new place and so I’ve been rather remiss in posting regularly these past few weeks. Well, now that I’m all settled in that will be a thing of the past.
When undertaking a move (and not hiring movers) one of the main things I consider is stuff. How many things do I own? How many do I really need to take with me? Are there methods to organize my material possessions before I move, to decrease the risk of bringing a mess into my new living space?
It turns out that a book had the answers that I needed.
A little while ago, Spark Joy and its companion The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up were doing the rounds in every bookstore I stepped into. When a copy came to me, I was curious to see what all the fuss was about.
Marie Kondo is a professional organizer. She goes into people’s homes and works with them to create a sustainable tidying and cleaning system to suit their individual needs. The essence of Spark Joy was simple enough: hold an item in your hands. Really feel that item. Is it special to you? When you hold it, does it bring you joy? If not – well, it’s time to say goodbye.
I admit that I was skeptical.
Surely if it was that easy, I would have de-cluttered my space far sooner! But alas, I did not. And this book helped give me the kick I needed to say goodbye to things that just didn’t bring me joy anymore.
Living now in a space surrounded by only things that make me happy – clothes, books, paintings – it’s clear to me that the KonMari method is on to something.
Spark Joy is divided into multiple sections that tackle the tidying of different sorts of objects you may find in your home. Despite that, I would honestly advise that you read the whole book through rather than jumping in and out wherever seems convenient. Kondo doles out helpful and funny little insights here and there that are worth reading.
From a better folding method for your clothes, to tidying sentimental items, to the ways that tidying your things can mean tidying your life, I found that the more I read the more my skepticism vanished. I got rid of things I’ve been holding on to for far too long, and in a space surrounded by only things that bring me genuine joy I breathe easier.
Here and there, Kondo will reference some of her real-life clients, and I found those accounts fascinating. I wouldn’t mind a whole book filled with those tiny glimpses into people’s lives – but that could be because I am a very nosy person. Still, they added helpful perspectives to an otherwise straightforward instructional text.
The small and adorable illustrations that pepper the text also helped bring a light-heartedness that I don’t often see in books such as this. Though practical, they were fun enough come across while reading.
Would I recommend Spark Joy? It helped me. It might help you! So yes. Though I still have more to do on my tidying journey, I’ll definitely be applying the principles I learned from this book while I do so.
Have you found any books to help de-clutter your space, or your life? Did you find Kondo’s books helpful, or were you indifferent? Let me know in the comments below!