Clutter? Now that’s neat
I introduced a self-imposed rule of waiting 24 hours before purchasing something that I’d seen and liked. Nine times out of 10 I’ve forgotten about it by the next day or it’s sold out, which my bank account considers “a sign” that it was never meant to be.
In theory, this tidy and organised 2.0 environment, filled only with joy-sparking items, will change everything and help you live your best, decluttered life. And in practice, it holds relatively true.
When I moved house at the end of last year, the things I’ve held on to throughout the past decade — setlists from concerts, photos from overseas holidays, a novelty T-shirt that reads “Texas, it’s bigger than France” — do bring me joy. And luckily, these things don’t take up much space. But what if we were to skip Kondo’s process altogether and simply learn to stop buying so many things in the first place?
As anyone who has ever moved house will attest (aka everyone), there’s a level of soul-destroying exhaustion that comes from packing boxes upon boxes of miscellaneous junk at one residence only to reverse the process at another days later.
Or, in other words, the more times you repack and unpack things, the less you care about them — something Kondo and her followers don’t touch on.
Like diets, relationships and better health, everybody wants to know “the secret” when it comes to feeling in control of the space in which we live. And for many, Marie Kondo and her organisation skills hold the answer. She offers reassurance that, despite having no self-control at the shopping mall, these messes of our own making can be rectified if we just work through the mayhem and master the ancient art of folding clothes and placing them where they belong. But what if there is no “secret”? What if tidying up isn’t a “magic art”? What if one day, you just stop buying as much as you used to because you can’t face the prospect of one day having to pack it up?
Well, that’s probably for the next lifestyle guru to figure out.