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Minimalism and Joy

July 11, 2016 , , , ,

life changing magic book

life changing magic book

I have been listening to the popular book by Marie Kondo, the life changing magic of tidying up.  She is an expert in this field who has a very specific way to approach all possessions in consideration of  the happiness of the objects, as well as the joy of the owner.  Her technique is being adopted all over the world, but she is from Japan, a country where living space is much smaller typically than housing in the US.  She has been kind of obsessed with organizing and tidying since she was a very young child.  Her overview of the practices as well as the pitfalls of common elimination and storage strategies is brilliant. Formulas, as she demonstrates, must be simplistic, or they backfire.

addicted to junk pick up

addicted to junk pick up

She has helped me see the light about my yo-yo decluttering habits.  Exactly like yo- yo diets, the system that does not holistically evaluate the perfect items to keep as well as the way to permanently let go of objects will end in rebound to the status quo.  In the exact same way people buy weight loss products rather than making a permanent life style change, some of us buy organizing and storage products rather than just trimming down the volume of what needs to be stored.  She has my number.  I am addicted to the concierge pick up service offered by Big Brothers Big Sisters organization. When they call I always gather a load for them to pick up in front of my garage.  Since I began this practice I have significantly reduced my total volume of items that I own.  It makes me feel accomplished every time. However, this temporary feeling of successful lightening of the load is always…I can admit now it is always….followed by more junk that creeps back up and fills my office desk, my closets, and sometimes my garage.  I am too old to allow this to continue.  This is just mastery over my space, so I am not sure what is so difficult.

I love systems, and think the end result must be heavenly.  She promises that if you go through each and every item as instructed your breakthrough to minimalist living will be complete.  I am sure she is right that dealing with your stuff is dealing with your past.  If you only deal with part of it, you will never be finished.  One of her points really hit home for me: You can deal with your stuff right now, later, or never.  Right now is the only one that does anyone any good. The stuff contains that “emotional baggage” about which we hear so much.  When you have properly dealt with the reasons you keep stuff, you have fully examined the past and put it to rest.

Do you struggle to stay tidy, gentle reader? Or are you a natural?

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i also read this and loved it. i’m and ongoing donator, and passer-onner, and it’s an ongoing process for me, but i’m so much closer than i was –

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ksbeth

July 11, 2016

me too. Last year I heard a review of this book and went on a very helpful spree..but I have not gone all the way, as she so elegantly explains.

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Pamela Morse

July 11, 2016

While I have not read her book in depth, I get her concept. I have seen many videos and others who have written about this kind of organization. While I like the idea of getting organized, to go down that deep into saying goodbye to things seems a little odd – UNLESS they are cherished items. Then I hope that they go to people that will love them or make them work better more than I did. It is about dealing with the past. As I work through clearing unnecessary personal emotional baggage, I find that ditching things becomes easier….. and I have a bit of a couple of closets that need to be packed up into boxes and donated. ASAP.

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Stevie Wilson (@LAStory)

July 14, 2016

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  1. Sun in Virgo, Time to Organize | mermaidcamp reblogged this and added:

    […] far fewer books, pieces of clothing, papers, and personal mementos.  I am going to listen to the joy of tidy book again because I still have a month of audible for free, and I think I need to hear it all one more […]

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