I never really got into Marie's Kondo's Tidying up Movement. The book was a huge success when it came out and I could've collected some nice cash for every person who told me I had to read it. I'm pretty organized and people tend to remember how neat I keep my home. Why I would need a book to tidy up doesn't make sense to me but I appreciated how they thought of me and my enjoyment for order.
Marie Kondo's ideas are based on items providing you joy and how you should discard anything that doesn't bring you joy. The book provides tips on how to tidy up your home, organization skills, and folding techniques with some slight obsession and it has been life-changing for many.
Before Marie Kondo, it was artist and poet William Morris (1834-1896) founder and promoter of the British Arts and Crafts Movement, who said: "have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful". These are words that I can live by and I think about them when I'm collecting a historic furniture piece or flea market hunting. I'm looking for pieces that are beautiful.
I'm a big fan of the Japanese culture so when the book goodbye, things by Fumio Sasaki popped up on my recommended listening on Audible (Audible is my jam!) I went to spend my listening credit immediately.
The book is hardcore minimalism and I mean that in the most inspiring way! The book tells the story of the author who transforms his lifestyle from maximalist to minimalist. In reality, his lifestyle seemed more like that of a hoarder living in a small space, and in my opinion was way overdue for a closet clean out. The author also seemed to suffer a bit of FOMO and was easily persuaded by the media to purchase items that would give him a false sense of success or cool factor. Instead of actually enjoying the books he purchased he merely displayed them around his home. Over the years his small apartment became a storage unit for Stuff.
The author's transformation process is where I think everyone will be able to relate. There are items that are difficult to part with. Gifts from relatives, possessions from our deceased family members, memorabilia from our lives, our children, events. What do we do with these items?
I also find it interesting and agree with the idea of how happiness is found by wanting less. We are so bombarded with the media and advertisements trying to sell us stuff, what does that do to our psyche and can we be freed from that false sense of need?
The book is a quick listen with lots of great ideas to keep under your belt. We can all use a bit of inspiration and reason on how to let go. If you've read or listened to it, let me know your thoughts. Did you immediately pull out a couple bags of stuff from your closet like I did?
To find goodbye, things on Audible click here.