If you don’t love it—get rid of it. And if you do love it, then treat it lovingly and give it a home. This KonMari ethos has become a bona fide movement and the influence of minimalism can today be found everywhere.
Ever since lifestyle expert Marie Kondo published her book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” (2011), the art of “decluttering” has gone mainstream. With her trademarked KonMari Method, our closets, aesthetics, and wellness regimes will never be the same. As the philosophy goes, a tidy place sparks joy, serenity, and inspiration. Her first book has sold 8 million copies in 40 countries and was turned into a television drama series.
You probably know at least one person who’s tried Kondo’s mindful lifestyle techniques—and though not everyone sticks to every piece of advice, most have probably found some positive takeaway they still apply to their daily lives.
The Chalkboard spoke to Kondo about her upcoming and third book, a graphic novel about a woman who transforms her life using these techniques, and gleaned five things that everyone should do every day.
Bring fresh air into your house
Start your mornings off by throwing open the windows and taking a deep breath! Kondo recommends opening all your windows first thing in the morning, to circulate fresh air and create an invigorating start to the day.
Make your morning drink one that ‘sparks joy’
Whether it’s herbal tea or your go-to caffeine fix, sip something that “sparks joy” for you that morning. Kondo says that by becoming aware of the “joy” your body is seeking will help you become more conscious about what sparks joy throughout the day.
“Listen to your body and respond accordingly with the foods and drinks that will fuel it well!”
Thank your belongings
“I like thanking my shoes for the pretty places that they took me to that day. This is my way of paying respect,“ Kondo says.
Whether it’s the clothes you wore or the things you used at work, Kondo says when you return it to its spot in your desk, closet, or whatnot, show your gratitude by saying, “Thank you for supporting me today.”
Put everything back in its home
“Just as we like to come home and relax after a day’s work, our things breathe a sigh of relief when they return to where they belong,” Kondo says. Not only is it a way to keep everything perpetually tidy, it’s a way of treating your things right.
“A place for everything and everything in its place.”
“Think of storage as providing a home for the things that #sparkjoy for you – not hiding the things that you don’t wish to see.”
Reflect at the end of the day
Take note of what sparks joy for you, and reflect on it with gratitude.
“When you express gratitude for the beauty that surrounds you, your heart begins to feel lighter – your whole being starts to feel uplifted. This is joy.”