Some of you might recognize this term from a certain Netflix series from a certain Japanese woman… this term has turned itself into the mantra of my life and my approach to minimalism. But what is it exactly? Well, it comes from Marie Kondo, who has been tidying up houses all over the USA and inspiring people around the world to get their life together once and for all.
The Konmari method involves taking everything out of your drawer/closet/space and dumping it into a literal pile, then you take each item one by one and ask yourself; “Does this spark joy?” If it does, go on and put it in its own little category, if it doesn’t, thank it (Yes! Recognise what that object did to improve your life and thank it) then let it go in a reasonable way (Avoid throwing it away! Try charity shops (thrift stores), gifting it, repurposing it or recycling it, and if there’s no other solution, throw it away)
Sweet and simple. And it frees you from the burden of just having piles and piles of useless junk forgotten at the bottoms of drawers and drawers. There’s something so relieving knowing that when you look for something, you won’t need to search through a bottomless pit of junk before you find it and that you didn’t need to throw away everything you love to get there!
It’s about choosing joy.
If you love your huge book collection, this isn’t about getting rid of all of them and buying an e-reader, this is about getting rid of what you think you might need one day but instead wastes your time and money and clogs up your life more than helps it.
A lot of people think that minimalism is about getting rid of everything you own, and only owning one thing, but that’s not true at all! Minimalism is about freeing yourself from maximalism, owning everything. I know it’s not for some people, some people like their little knick knacks, and don’t feel complete until every pocket has something in it. I get it, I’m the kind of person that likes to have everything in my backpack, I love it! But I hate having loads of stuff I don’t need all over my desk and having to dump it all on my bed to use it and then having to dump it on the desk again to go to sleep. Let me tell you, getting stabbed by a pencil at 7am is not a fun way to wake up.
What I’m saying is it’s a choice, of freedom from… stuff.
Matt D’avella has a video that makes this point very well, I recommend watching it to learn a bit more about what this really is:
Sometimes, life gets too clogged up and messy to function properly, and when you find a way to free yourself of that clutter, it can be just what you need to make yourself a life worth living for.