There’s something about cleaning that excites me. I can’t stand when my laundry basket is full and clutter drives me crazy, so I was easily drawn into the buzz of Minimalism and the KonMari Method. I’ll take any excuse to sift through, organize and donate things.
Everywhere I turned, people were praising The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. And over the past year, there’s been an explosion of people quoting the documentary, The Minimalists. If you’ve read the Kon Mari book, this will ring a bell – my underwear is now neatly folded, there’s only a few knickknacks left on my shelves and my closet is ten times thinner than it was three months ago.
Read: No clothes left behind!
But that was just the start…
There’s some real magic in clearing space and having a system for our “stuff.” When I take on a new project I want to learn as much as possible, so moving through this process was no different. In fact, when I asked around, many other people admitted they were getting much more from the Minimalist lifestyle than a cleaner house.
The KonMari Method & Minimalism go far beyond closet organization and clothes folding. It’s tools we can use to improve our lives.
Is it for everyone? Maybe not.
But it’s worth a shot.
Even though it may sound “fluffy” to you, when we clear physical space and gain clarity in our lives, we make way for so much more.
What I Really Learned About Minimalism
The idea of joy
Marie Kondo’s entire book was written on the premise of “Does this bring you joy?” The idea is to pick up object in your house and decide if they make you feel good. Why have sh*t laying around that adds nothing to your life? That’s the stuff to get rid of. The idea of joy translates into our lives… here’s some questions to ask yourself: Does this relationship/friendship bring me joy? Does the way I spend my time on the weekend bring me joy? What else can I do to add more joy into my life? What do I need to do so that I can get rid of negativity and whatever is sucking the life out of me? Minimalism focuses on value – when we focus our energy on the Good Stuff, life becomes so much more enjoyable!
Clearing the “Stuff”
As you go through your house (and life!) and figure out what is and isn’t bringing you joy, you start to clear away whatever is just taking up space. If something isn’t adding to your life, let it go. Why keep stuff, relationships, activities, and things around if they’re just taking up precious space in your life?
When we “clear space” we make space for opportunity and good things to come into our life. We can’t have “more” of anything if we have no space in our life to put it. Period.
Quality vs Quantity
I love yoga pants, over-sized mugs and hoodies. As I went through my things, I realized that I wore or used the same ones over & over again. I love my big fleecy hoodies, but did I need 23 of them? Uh, no. So I kept the ones that I absolutely love and donated the rest. Same things with yoga pants, coffee mugs and most of my other stuff. It’s so amazing to now have a few things in each category that I absolutely LOVE rather than a bunch of sh*t I kinda like. Try it. Keep the stuff that you value and donate or sell the things you don’t. Maybe it’s time to let someone else enjoy something you no longer love as much. It’s good karma 😉
A New Way to Live
The biggest truth behind The Minimalists and Marie Kondo’s Method? The challenge of sifting through all the physical “stuff” is likely to bring up emotions and force you to make decisions you wouldn’t otherwise make. The entire process was life-changing and, well… magical. Just like the title of this article suggests.
If you haven’t read it yet, click on the link below and start the journey toward rediscovering you!
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
Check out The Minimalists documentary on Netflix or visit TheMinimalists.com for more info!
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