Does it Spark Joy?

the life changing magic of tidying marie kondoDoes it Spark Joy? After putting the book “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying” by Marie Kondo on hold at the library back in April, it finally became available just recently. However, when I went to pick it up, it was not on the hold shelf! The shelf is open to the public and it’s a popular book, so I wondered if someone had borrowed it … it’s happened before. The staff were really helpful looking also, but it wasn’t found. Later in the afternoon, I received a text … Found! How ironic it would have been if a book about being tidy and organised had gone missing!

I’ve read books before about the Collyer’s – brothers who’s hoarding habits contributed to their deaths and although I’ve absolutely not amassed that many possessions, I still wanted to clear the clutter. So far, I’ve completed Step 1 – Clothes. It starts with gathering ALL your clothes in one place, even if they are stored in various rooms. Lay them out, pick up each piece, handle it and ask “Does it Spark Joy?” What is your first thought?

Many of my clothes are from Op Shops (thrifted) and bought because of my budget and out of necessity (work related), not necessarily because I LOVED them. Actually far from it. I managed to collate 5 bags of clothes, mostly from an unhappy previous life as an office worker. THANK your clothes for the respectable job they’ve done, place them in a bag and “throw away” (I took mine to the local Op Shop). Move on. It does free your mind.

If you feel that you have too much STUFF weighing you down, borrow or buy this book. It’s well written with a simple message.

the life changing magic of tidying up marie kondo“KEEP ONLY THOSE THINGS THAT SPEAK TO YOUR HEART”.

P.S. My socks are no longer potato-like lumps 🙂



  • Reply Pug @ Pug's Modern Life August 3, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    Oooh, I’ve always heard good things about this book! I get such a kick out of decluttering and letting go of things I no longer have need of that I feel like it could become my bible. I love the idea of thanking your clothes for serving you well before moving them on to new homes too.

    • Reply Adorablest August 5, 2015 at 11:13 pm

      It is sort of like closure, I suppose. I feel like something has ‘clicked’ with this method. See if it’s available at your library. Hopefully you won’t have to wait 3 months like I did – but it was worth it!

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