By now, if you haven’t heard of Marie Kondo’s “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” you’ve likely been living under a rock. And that rock is likely covered with a thousand other rocks, a smattering of silt, and some dry rot. Okay, just kidding, but this book has taken the world by storm, as so many of us collectively search for ways to simplify our lives and live a more peaceful, minimal existence.
A great way to reinforce a fresh start is to cleanse our environment with extraneous clutter. Clutter means we’re holding onto things that no longer, as Kondo says, bring us joy. YouTuber @VasseurBeauty shows a snapshot of how to apply the three most basic premises of this book by starting with cleaning out our closets.
First off, there are three main tips Kondo suggests for success:
De-clutter ALL AT ONCE instead of bit by bit. The premise here is that doing it all at once will provide a huge shift right away, preventing you from going back to a cluttered lifestyle.
Stuff = Stress. Truly take stock in what you love, and be willing to donate or discard items that aren’t holding joy or purpose in your life anymore. For objects of sentimental value, try holding and thanking them for the memories to help let them go. It sounds silly, but it works!
Tidy by Category. Instead of going room to room, de-clutter everything in one category at once. This will give you a better idea of what you have, what you love, and what you need. She recommends to start with clothing, then move to papers, books, miscellaneous, and end with mementos. Hold each item and ask if it brings you joy right now, in this moment. Don’t rationalize and don’t confuse the question with if it brought you joy way back when. Tap into your emotions, and for the items that spark joy, keep! You may experience some guilt with giving so many pieces away, but don’t let it take over! After all, you will be sending these things to a new home where someone else will be able to benefit and find joy from them.
It may seem odd that this practice has been called “life-changing” by so many, but it’s been scientifically proven that everything around us is energy. That desk, the chair, even the clothes on our backs are made up of minuscule molecules all vibrating at their own frequency. The concept is that when we only keep the energy that brings us joy in our home environment, we’re more likely to accept and feel joy in the rest of our lives.