As if out of the blue, people have been dropping in in droves. They all have one thing in common — they were cleaning up and letting go. “So what’s new about that? you might ask. A name kept being dropped and I always hate being the clueless one — although that doesn’t seem to alleviate the state much.
Most said it so fast that it was hard for me to catch and even a couple said Marie Claire.
Marie Kondo. That is the name.
Marie has written a book that seems to wield a great deal of power for positive change in people”s lives. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. (Guess what you’re getting for Christmas, hubby dear.)
She asks several questions, but the one that seems to be the most sentient is, do your things bring you joy. If so, keep them, if not let them go. She even asserts that one of the reasons we hang on to things is guilt. Perhaps it pulls on an emotion from the past, or maybe you just paid too much money for it and the guilt causes you to hang on even though you have no intention of using it.
I am a minimalist to my core. I don’t hang on to anything and have very few personal belongings by today’s standards. This is a choice as I detest disorder. But I live with one who has a hard time of letting go and at times is overwhelmed by the enormity of his collective dross and hubris. So, I do understand this tendency to cling to things that actually weigh you down.
There is an incredible lightness of spirit that comes with minimalism. I’m looking forward to reading Marie’s book. And if you are feeling in the mood to “let go”, drop on by.