I received the following message some weeks ago. I am not sure now who the author was but please feel free to identify yourself if you recognise it.
“I just read an interesting book called the KonMari method of Tidying Up. Her take is that for lasting change you have to doÂ the whole declutter in oneÂ go, although her “go” can be 6 months. I don’t necessarily agree with her but it was an interesting read. I’d love to hear your opinion if you have read the book.”
I personally have never read any of Marie Kondo’s books but several of my readers have mentioned them in the past. One concept that myÂ readers mentioned, that appealed to me, was the idea of being grateful for the Â service of each and every item that is being decluttered, and then happily let it go. That is regardless of how much orÂ littleÂ of a service they have been. I like this idea. It is positive and I dare say uplifting. Which is a far better attitude to approach decluttering with than negativity.
Lets face itÂ beingÂ negative gets you nowhere. Right? From the very beginning I approached my decluttering process as a positive move. A move towards a new way of living and consuming. I focused on the positive change rather than the scale of the task. After all, how hard can it be to set aside one thing a day. Sometimes in the first year I had to restrainÂ myself from decluttering more than just that one thing. A thing a dayÂ was the challenge after all and I wanted to stick to the guidelines.
There have beenÂ so many things that have passed through my hands over the years asÂ I slowly reduced my belongings. For many of them I was truly grateful for their service. Others, not so much, but that is OK because I am still grateful for whatever joy I received from them. From these items IÂ learned the purchasing pitfalls to avoid in the future. I also learned a lot about whatÂ kinds of things I had a hard time resisting in the past. Once these things are identified it is easy not to make similar mistakes.
Through this blog there are so many ways that I have tried to nurture a positive attitude towards embarking on the task of decluttering your home. If you still need some more inspiration I would recommend reading one of Marie Kondo’s books. And if my local library ever stocks any I will also read them. Here are a few on-line articles about this Japanese decluttering expert for you to get an idea of her methods and philosophies.
So be grateful and happy decluttering.
Today’s Mini Mission
Declutter some items of jewellery you donâ€™t like so much. My mother-in-law was doing this.