I picked this book up on my way to Japan and absolutely loved several of the concepts Kondo recommends. At first I thought she was crazy! However, now I really am starting to learn that less is more. While I was reading this book the first time around, I was living with just the things that I needed. I had just packed myself a carry on suitcase for a ten day trip in Japan. I am normally an over packer, but this time decided to only pack exactly what I needed. I didn’t have a ton of stuff, I only had my favorite things, all of which made me happy. I didn’t have to spend time dealing with junk and could just enjoy being. It was an easy principal to grasp while on vacation far away from home, but once I got home I was determined to incorporate several of the recommendations.
It has taken me a few months, but I must say, I am impressed with myself and how much I have been able to let go of. I, of course thanked all my belongings for fulfilling a purpose before sending them off to a new life. I still have lots to go through, but I don’t remember the last time my closet and dresser drawers were so organized, clean and really just have the things I love. Im excited to continue organizing and living with just the things that bring me joy.
What I have learned so far from incorporating Kondo’s advice..
- Being in a clean area with the things I love most is much more enjoyable than being in an area stuffed with things I no longer use.
- I would rather have 1 nicer item then a few cheaper items that I would buy at discount or clearance prices to try and fulfill a need or want.
- By only having the things you need, shopping is way more fun. I feel like I can purchase a new seasonal item on a whim because chances are, I need it. I gave away so much stuff that having a new seasonal item is almost a necessity. But, I also have found I use it a lot for a few weeks and then its fulfilled its purpose and ready for a new life with someone else.
- I feel like I actually spend less money overall. I don’t buy things just because. I only buy what I really love, need and want.
- The more I gave away, the easier it became. Learning to live with less is a continual progression.
- I have more time! This is my most favorite part. I didn’t realize how much time having junk around you sucked up. It really does take a lot longer to clean more stuff, find what you are looking for. Junk really does take up your energy in so many ways. I also feel like the messes created by that junk don’t create the same happy atmosphere, I really feel joy when I come home now and have clean spaces.
- Giving to others really does make me feel better. I really have given car loads of items to donation centers and it really does make me feel good knowing that others will have what they need.
Moral of the story is read this book. Borrow it from a library, buy a copy online or even find an audio version. You’ll thank me later!