If you haven’t read Marie Kondo’s “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”, then maybe you’ve seen her talk about this on her Netflix show.
The KonMari method encourages you to only hold onto things that “spark joy”. While I love this concept of surrounding ourselves with things we love, it’s not very practical.
My Toaster Doesn’t Spark Joy, Marie
I’m fairly certain if I followed this advice to a T, then my belongings would consist of my bed, cozy pajamas, books, music, and a variety of European chocolate. That’s pretty much it. One can survive on that right?
Unless you’re going for that type of extremism, here’s a more practical way to approach sorting through your things.
Especially if you’re having trouble identifying what really “sparks joy” for you. To her credit, I’m certain Marie doesn’t expect you to get rid of all your kitchen utensils just because they aren’t really hitting that happy spot on the barometer.
Simply ask, “Can I let this go?”
Because really, that’s what decluttering is really about. It’s identifying what we are ready to let go in exchange for, hopefully, a greater sense of peace in our homes and freedom from the excess of belongings.
So that’s my take on it. If you’re ready to let it go and feel like you can live without it, then thank it for serving it’s purpose and let it go…Or you know, just toss it if you feel weird about thanking your belongings.
You do you, boo.