Do you have a problem with clutter, mess or growing piles of “stuff” all over?Â This book may be your life-saver.
Anything that doesn’t make you happy or isn’t absolutely necessary should be touched, thanked and sent on its way, said Marie Kondo, the author of “the life changing magic of tidying up: the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing.” It is an international best-seller.
Her “KonMarie method,” is not an ongoing battle against clutter. It is a fast (no more than six months), dramatic and decisive transformation. It is a philosophy for people who are struggling with letting go of possessions–“stuff”–which they have accumulated.
Marie Kondo was raised in Tokyo, and from a young age was fascinated with organization. Kondo says she has been obsessed with tidying since she was five, opting to arrange shoes and pencils while other kids played outside. She began communing with her belongings in high school, and after working at a Shinto shrine, realized her calling as a professional consultant on attaining the joy of minimalism.
“The inside of a house or apartment after decluttering has much in common with a Shinto shrine…a place where there are no unnecessary things, and our thoughts become clear,” she says. “It is the place where we appreciate all the things that support us. It is where we review and rethink about ourselves.”
When she began her home-organizing business at age 19, Ms. Kondo discovered that many of her clients has a hard time deciding what to keep and what to let go. She experimented with different keep-or-pitch criteria. One day, she asked a client: “Does this spark joy?” “She was able to let go of it smoothly. Since then, I’ve been using the words.”
Her method is extreme: purging must be done all in one go. No procrastinating. No “maybe” pile.
“Keep only the things that speak to your heart. Then take the plunge and discard all the rest,” she advises. “When you put your house in order, you put your affairs and your past in order, too. As a result, you can see quite clearly what you need in life and what you don’t.”