Picking up from our last blog, we finish this month with further quotes from Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organising. This time, we have compiled some advice and observations from Marie with regards to the emotion and history we attach to items and how we can learn to appreciate and part with items correctly and therefore live in a happier home.
‘But when we really delve into the reasons for why we can’t let something go, there are only two: an attachment to the past or fear for the future.’
‘The best way to choose what to keep and what to throw away is to take each item in one’s hand and ask: “Does this spark joy?” If it does, keep it. If not, dispose of it. This is not only the simplest but also the most accurate yardstick by which to judge.’
‘To truly cherish the things that are important to you, you must first discard those that have outlived their purpose. To get rid of what you no longer need is neither wasteful nor shameful. Can you truthfully say that you treasure something buried so deeply in a closet or drawer that you have forgotten its existence? If things had feelings, they would certainly not be happy. Free them from the prison to which you have relegated them. Help them leave that deserted isle to which you have exiled them. Let them go, with gratitude. Not only you, but your things as well, will feel clear and refreshed when you are done tidying.’
‘When you come across something that you cannot part with, think carefully about its true purpose in your life. You’ll be surprised at how many of the things you possess have already fulfilled their role. By acknowledging their contribution and letting them go with gratitude, you will be able to truly put the things you own, and your life, in order. In the end, all that will remain are the things that you really treasure. To truly cherish the things that are important to you, you must first discard those that have outlived their purpose.’
‘Now imagine yourself living in a space that contains only things that spark joy. Isn’t this the lifestyle you dream of?’