I have not yet read Marie Kondo’s book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. (I did just get it electronically from my library so it will not clutter up my house).
Everything I’ve heard about it rings true to me. I have definitely felt the uplift when I purge unwanted crap from my house. I love the concept of keeping only what gives you joy. I look forward to reading it.
My friend and colleague, Lauryn Franzoni, came up with a different take on the concept as she was organizing her office for the new year. Instead of asking, “Does this bring me joy?” she asked, “Will this be helpful for what I want to accomplish in the coming year?”
I think this is a wonderful question to ask yourself. Why should something take up valuable real estate in your room or mind when it does not serve you?
This method works best when you have clarified your goals and know your direction. (Need some help with that? Let’s talk).
One of my goals this year is to clean out our house in New Hampshire so we can rent it. I suspect that the KonMari method for tidying up will be helpful for that process.