I have never read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing (The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up) But I did watch some of the documentary on Netflix.
I am the sort of person that rather likes clutter. I feel comfortable in it. Likely nostalgia. But things bring up memories and the memories are awesome. The thing doesn’t bring me joy. The memories do.
But also, when I was younger and healthy, I would go on these cleaning binges and just toss a crapton of stuff in my cleaning frenzy… and it made me feel good. And not being healthy means a) you cannot clean the house in a day and b) things get more cluttered because it is harder to get out to donate things.
But we are trying to sell our house and downsize. In this market, that may not happen or not happen for a while anyway. Such is life. But you have to declutter to make your space look more… spacious.
So we have slowly and carefully decluttered.
Marie Kondō is right about a few things:
- Purging makes you feel good. I learned that when I was younger and I feel it again. It is a sort of release. And I like the feeling.
- Donating the things I am not using or wearing also makes me feel good. I always do, but not this much. And I like it.
- I got rid of a lot of books and I didn’t die. Just saying. I weeded down my bookcases so that there is one line of books per shelf. And that was a massive amount of books I gave away to do so. But some were so old and I never re-read them nor had any intention of it… so why keep it? I mean, I love books and being surrounded by them feels good. But not so good that I cannot donate a lot of them so someone else can enjoy that book again for the first time.
- I find a lot of things do not bring me joy. They are just things. And things I do not need.
And now the house looks let crowded. More spacious. Cleaner. I like it.
It also makes me feel like doing more because I still have that craving to clean the entire house and get rid of a bunch of stuff like I used to. But I have to conserve energy and do it inch by inch.
So I think regardless of if we sell, I will keep it like this I think.
UPDATE: my house is now empty of all things. Just me sitting on the floor eating chips.
Okay that was a lie.