Posts tagged decluttering
Loved Marie Kondo? You're Going to Love Swedish Death Cleaning

So you’ve watched Marie Kondo’s show. You’ve read “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” and her more recent release, “Spark Joy”.

You’re following her on Instagram, and have decluttered your home. You’ve mastered the art of folding clothing, thrown out bags and bags of trash and made several trips to the local donation center.

What do you do now?

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Bringing Home New Items after the Marie Kondo Method

an often-missed anecdote in The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up is where Marie Kondo talks about her clients that have completed the decluttering process have fallen in love with their homes - and most importantly are bringing new items into their homes.

This is key. Marie Kondo isn’t tell you to live a minimalist or aesthetic lifestyle. Far from it, to be honest. She’s really just helping to recalibrate your compass when it comes to your possessions and purchases.

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Marie Kondo isn't Telling You to Get Rid Of Your Books - But Maybe You Should

So people are in a tizzy with the new Marie Kondo Netflix series in which Marie Kondo allegedly says “keep fewer than 30 books”.

*Cue bibliophiles screaming in rage*

Put down your Harry Potter series for a moment and let’s talk about this rationally.

I would like to point out that this meme is an unfortunate bastardization of the actual decluttering process in “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up”.

Nowhere does KonMari actually say that you have to get rid of books. In fact, the only thing she says is that you have to use her process with your books, ensuring you only keep the ones that bring you joy.

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What to do if You're Just Starting Out with Marie Kondo

Okay, so you’ve watched the Netflix series by Marie Kondo.

You’ve bought her book “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” and maybe even her “Spark Joy” (the second volume that further explains the decluttering process).

You’re inspired, intrigued and motivated.

You’ve started using Japanese terms like komono and tokimeku to describe the process.

You are interested in living a happier, more decluttered life in a place with things that spark joy with you.

This is great, but one thing that isn’t mentioned is a very important step in the process.

Where do you begin?

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