This past summer a friend forwarded me an article from the Wall Street Journal, Marie Kondo and the Cult of Tidying Up.
Marie Kondo is the author of “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” which has sold over three million copies worldwide.
I enjoyed the article enough to download the book. You see, I love to clean out closets, drawers, cabinets, etc. I love to be organized and even more so, think about being organized. Marie Kondo’s methods are quite different. Her method requires one to pull everything out of a closet, pick up each item and answer the question: Does this item spark joy? If yes, then it can go back into the closet. If not, then out it goes! Her method is extreme: Purging must be done all in one go. No procrastinating. No “maybe” pile.
I have to admit, I did not follow the rules entirely. I did not master her sock folding technique. And instead of completely clearing out my closet, I took one drawer or one shelf at a time. I did answer her question and finished with several large bags for the donation truck to pick up.
“Keep only the things that speak to your heart. Then take the plunge and discard all the rest, “she advises. “When you put your house in order, you put your affairs and your past in order, too. As a result, you can see quite clearly what you need in life and what you don’t.”
I also just read that NBC has commissioned a sitcom inspired by this book. I will certainly tune in for the episode about “sock folding.”