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When decluttering tugs at one's heartstrings

29 Jan 2019

It’s never too late to make a good resolution, and this one is as contagious as it is efficient: the KonMari method offers to help us organize our lives and minds. Marie Kondo, a charismatic Japanese organizational consultant, is an expert when it comes to tidying up.

Her best-selling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up converted millions and has been translated into 35 languages. She now continues to touch people’s lives through her new Netflix show Tidying up with Marie Kondo.

Decluttering fever is spreading, and we couldn’t be happier.

A key point arising from this cult phenomenon is the KonMari method, which aims to help us eliminate the accumulation of objects in our lives once and for all. This method, which some say offers a fail-safe result, proposes a lifestyle that fits in perfectly with the minimalist trend. In fact, according to Marie Kondo, an organized and clutter-free environment helps improve other spheres of our lives.

Marie Kondo’s down-to-earth approach encourages everyone to enjoy themselves while decluttering. Here’s how the magic works: when sorting, hold each object in your hands while asking yourself if you feel a spark of joy. If the answer is no, it’s time to get rid of the item, but not without first thanking it aloud for its service. It can be hours of fun!

This is how we begin to form a real bond with our environment.

To avoid relapsing, the KonMari method suggests we find a specific spot for each object. The balance of a decluttered space invites us to buy less and buy better. This introspective exercise focuses on well-being and encourages us to put our minds in order as we rid ourselves of the needless weight of useless objects, while at the same time allowing clarity's magical effect to spread and take full form.