We have all heard the name Marie Kondo and somehow it has even morphed into a verb… to konmari, which means to follow the process outlined in her book, “The Magical Art of Tidying Up.” I read the book when it came out in 2014 and I have adopted some of the philosophy myself. There are two main ideas that differentiate her style from any other I have seen. First is her “spark joy” concept. It’s a different spin on decluttering and instead of asking the typical questions such as how often an item is used or have you worn this shirt in the last six months etc… the only relevant konmari question is, “Does this item spark joy?” And I like this idea as it is true that our items and surroundings often represent what we value. In this external process of surrounding ourselves with what we value most there is an internal process that simultaneously takes place offering internal clarity and this is priceless! The second main idea that differentiates Marie Kondo’s philosophy from others I know is the idea that instead of moving room to room in the process of tidying, a system of categories is utilized. There is a lot of power in this system as we are often unaware of the quantities of particular items that we actually accumulate. I am grateful for what I have learned from the books, Netflix series and personal experience using her methods. Have you Konmaried anything lately?

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