Marie Kondo – the gorgeous, effervescent and mess-hungry Japanese genius, has inspired me (inspired/frightened) to attempt to simplify my life.
The art of tidying seems like a concept so far beyond what I am capable of that I am writing this to keep myself accountable. So, can it be done? I’m not sure (sorry, Marie). I am not dirty, but I am messy. I am not a hoarder, but I love my belongings.
I’ve attempted the occasional spring-clean, I like to get rid of clothes which I know I am NEVER going to wear again, yet the act of simplifying my life and being appreciative of less belongings, almost feels like I am throwing all of those belongings away irresponsibly. I do not live a ‘rich’ life, but I am well above the poverty line.I have debts to pay but I can certainly purchase the necessities in life.
My Husband and I live in a two bedroom, two bathroom unit. We have one small garage which stores the majority of our…’stuff’. G uses the spare room cupboard and I use the master bedroom cupboard. We have separate bathrooms for the most part and the spare room has our spare bed for guests and is quickly becoming my workspace.
Today I am going to try step 1 of KonMarie, I want to transform my space and I am certainly open to transforming my life. The idea and concept that I keep things in my possession which #sparkjoy only, is something I want to embrace. My Mum is a champion when it comes to throwing things that bring no joy – that woman can do a sweep of the house and an impressive tip-run with the snap of her fingers. Yet I carried around every magazine I had ever bought from ages 12-18 until I was in my mid-twenties. Even then they were only turfed because of the 2011 Brisbane floods.
So. Marie Kondo, #sparkjoy, tidying, what is the concept behind it?
Well – it is choosing #joy. There are six basic rules of tidying:
- Commit yourself to tidying up
- Imagine your ideal lifestyle
- Finish discarding first
- Tidy by category, not by location
- Follow the right order
- Ask yourself if it sparks joy
Kondo is very clear about this process following a specific order. You MUST begin with clothes, followed by books, papers, miscellany and mementos.
So – today, Sunday 13 January 2019 – will be clothes.
Wish me luck!