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The Pure Joy Brought on by the KonMari Method of Tidying

8 Jan

“Every object has a different role to play…It is the same with people. Not every person you meet in life will become a close friend or lover. Some you will find hard to get along with or impossible to like. But these people, too, teach you the precious lesson of who you do like, so that you will appreciate those special people even more.”

“To me it doesn’t seem right to keep clothes we don’t enjoy for relaxing around the house. This time at home is still a precious part of living. It’s value should not change just because nobody sees us…Precisely because no one is there to see you, it makes far more sense to reinforce a positive self-image by wearing clothes you love…If sweatpants are your everyday attire, you’ll end up looking like you belong in them, which is not very attractive. What you wear in the house does impact your self-image.”

“It is not our memories but the person we have become because of those past experiences that we should treasure. This is the lesson these keepsakes teach us when we sort them. The space in which we live should be for the person we are becoming now, not for the person we were in the past. “


Those are just a few quotes that I really connected to while reading The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. Really, I connected with the entire book and it was beautiful.

The discarding part I connected to more, and it got me much more excited than the organizing section. When she talks about organizing, she just sounds crazy, but I also feel like the set-up of my home is much different than the Japanese homes she continually references.

While I’m not skeptical of whether or not her method works (I’m completely sold, actually), I can’t help but wonder about the one thing she didn’t seem to mention: functional items that you actually use regularly. Of course, we have to keep toilet paper around regardless of if it doesn’t “spark joy” in our lives, but every time I open my cupboard I can’t help but wonder about my “spare dishes”. Yes, I have just about 56 muffin tins and could get rid of 54 of them, but my glassware poses a problem.

For Christmas, my mother gave me a new set of dishes, and they are absolutely wonderful. Every time I simply look at them I get all giddy and excited. I decided to use them only when I have people over or formal dinners, though, so I kept my old dish set around for every day use. That way I won’t break one and end up with an odd set. I also entertain for more than 4 people quite frequently, so I need the extra glasses and plates.

I plan on beginning the journey once I finish unpacking, and, as always, will keep you up-to-date on my progress!

Have you read this book? Are you planning on reading it? What do you think about the dishes – do I keep them because I use them, or toss them because they don’t “spark joy”? How do you feel about the quotes I pulled from Kondo’s book?