International best-selling author Marie Kondo – inspired by Nagisa Tatsumi’s The Art of Discarding – became a decluttering consultant in Japan. She shares her “KonMarie” cleaning-out method with simplicity and grace. She urges you to put your hand on everything you possess, one item at a time, in categories – books, clothing, dishes, art, furniture and so on. Ask, “Does this spark joy?” If not, throw it out. As you unclutter your space, Kondo pledges, you will unclutter your soul, your thinking and your connection to the world. Don’t clear a space and then organize it, she says. Instead, once the discards are gone, then and only then, put away what remains. Kondo is especially ruthless about books, photographs and papers. Chuck them all, she says. You may find her practical advice more credible than her New Age insistence on the spiritual transformation simplicity could bring. Culling and organizing, she asserts, will enable you to forge a new relationship with your life and your history. And in that light, the few things you decide to keep should provide a sense of the sublime.
About the Author
Organizing consultant Marie Kondo developed the KonMari Method and stars in the Netflix show Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. She also wrote Spark Joy.