Marie Kondo: The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up

As a designer who practices minimalism, I have been struggled, obsessed, and slightly depressed with organizing our home. I get paranoid seeing things filling up our rooms. I have tried my best to declutter our space, but always ended up with frustrations because I simply couldn’t throw things away. After reading Kondo’s The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, I feel less guilty about the act of discarding. She writes, “[T]he best way to choose what to keep and what to throw away is to take each item in one’s hand and ask: ‘Does this spark joy?’ If it does, keep it. If not, dispose of it.” For my own little closet, I have reduced my clothes enough for all year round. I don’t need to swap them out for winter and summer. I have not shopped in years and have asked my wife not to buy me anymore. Although the Kondo goes into organizing and categorizing details, I would be happy if we can just get rid of stuff. I need to get my partner on board with the MariaKondo Method.