So I had been hearing about this book:
and decided to give it a try. I have read many books about organizing your stuff or sorting your stuff. I even own some. Many of them say you should ask yourself a series of questions: is something useful, beautiful, etc. Or I remember one piece of advice I've tried off and on for years - get rid of five things every day.
Basically what Marie Kondo says is you should get rid of anything that doesn't "spark joy." And not to do it piecemeal. Instead, you should pull out everything you own in a particular category, like clothes or books, spread it on the floor, then pick up each item and see if it sparks joy. If it doesn't, off it goes. She also has some whimsical ideas: clothes should be hung up if they are "happier" that way, socks should never be balled up because they deserve to relax.
For whatever reason, this book really clicked with me. I stopped listening to the voices that always say:
- You might use that one day. (But you've had it for years, and haven't.)
- That looked really cute in the catalog. (But not so cute on.)
- That cost a lot. (But you don't like it.)
- If that fit better, it would be amazing. (But it doesn't.)
One thing that made it easier is that I left my day job seven years ago, and I have a pretty good idea of what I have worn/used/acquired since then. It's just freeing to have more space and less stuff. I'm sure there are many more things I can get rid of, and I'm energized by that idea.