Do we accumulate clutter? Yes we do. Do we have difficulty parting with said clutter? Without a doubt! Welcome to the world of Marie Kondo whose timing, in teaching us the art of decluttering our lives, couldn’t be better. We have reached a crescendo when it comes to chaos—not just in our personal lives but in every moment we open our news feed.
Marie Kondo, author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, will soothe our overtaxed spirit by teaching us how to get rid of all that clutter. Marie’s philosophy informs us that once we dispossess ourselves of everything that does not bring us joy we will truly be happy. If only it were that simple.
Organizing our lives is something most of us strive for. Whether it is editing our closet or our computer files, it feels good once we’ve completed the task of decluttering. But what happens after we throw out what we no longer need and organize what we keep is that we must continue to reorganize to keep things tidy. Throwing out years of accumulated stuff might just be the easiest part. Like a detox diet where we remove all foods except fruits and vegetables from our refrigerator the Kondo method preaches a similar path to a healthy lifestyle—we just need to stick to the diet.
After the initial transformative tidying up session we feel light as pounds of clutter are extracted from the bowels of our closets and garage. But like any diet once we take a taste of something forbidden that stimulates our dopamine receptors we are off the wagon only to find that we are in need of another detoxing.
I have been living in this cycle for most of my adult life. My problem of keeping clutter at bay is punctuated by the fact I live in a very small space with someone who collects books, wine, and so much more. I sometimes imagine throwing out just about everything so that I might have a little more space but that is not practical. What is practical is to repeat the process of decluttering once I begin to feel claustrophobic again.
Marie Kondo’s book has some great tips for living a less-cluttered life but like any diet it is not for everyone. There are days when I can barely get it together to make my bed let alone methodically fold and put away everything I’ve worn. On those days I am grateful I have plenty of books and wine to distract me from the mess.
Eat well, laugh a lot, and be chic!