Kondo is definitely not for those who don't want to commit the time. And aren't willing to get a little out there. Ok, pretty out there haha. In my experience I thought the process grew three invaluable skills:Halicar wrote: ↑Wed Feb 28, 2018 8:38 pmI'm with you. Right now I see a flannel shirt hanging in my closet. Does it bring me joy? No--it does keep me warm when I rake leaves though. So do I keep it or not?Teague wrote: ↑Wed Feb 28, 2018 1:45 pm I've not read the Kondo book, mentioned above, so I'm sure there is much I don't understand about that philosophy. I think it says something like "get rid of things that do not give you joy."
I live on a couple of acres in the country, which gives me joy. So I won't give away the house, I suppose. But because of this I have a large collection of spare PVC pipes, sprinklers and valves, PVC cement, and plumbing fittings, which just don't give me much joy at all. Most of the time they take up space and are annoyingly in the way. But when water occasionally starts leaking all over the place those clutter-y items sure come in handy. The same could be said for a bunch of tools, battery chargers, a cranky old tractor, weed killer, etc.
Am I supposed to get rid of all these things? I must not be understanding this stuff very well.
And if I'm feeling really uncharitable, I start to suspect that Kondo is just peddling consumerism in a subtle disguise--i.e., I should get rid of that crummy old shirt and go to the store to buy a new one that "brings me joy."
1.). Identify what brings you joy
2.). Appreciate what you have. She literally recommends thanking your shoes as you put them away
3.). Lighten your life by discarding the rest
I did buy new track pants and sneakers after trying the process. And donated the pants because they were too swishy. So maybe increased consumerism because you feel you've "earned" it by decluttering. That's a good point that I hadn't thought of. On the flip side the process is so involved I didn't want to bring in more items because it's more work.
Another bonus is that I misplace items less often.