If you’ve already binged Tidying Up with Marie Kondo or you’re a longtime fan who read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, then you’ve probably spent some time asking yourself “Does this bring me joy?”
It’s great to get in to the habit or purging your belongings and for many people, a cleaner, more minimalist home reduces stress and yes, can even elicit joy. I know how good it feels to plop down on your couch in a spotless, clutter-free home and honestly, there’s nothing better.
But if Marie Kondo’s passion for folding was just too much for you, or the whole process seems overwhelming, or you just don’t want to get on board with the next pop culture fad sweeping the nation, then I’ve got an alternative for you.
My most popular blog post ever is How We Got Rid of Half of Our Stuff. Yes, we really did that. And it still seems like we have a lot of stuff (though we’ve obviously added to it since then). I don’t want to toot my own horn but it’s one of the best posts I’ve written here and I think it’s truly helpful.
I hadn’t read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up yet when I wrote that post, but I needed a simple, fast way to decide what to keep and what to get rid of.
And it was this,
“If my partner threw this away when I was out of the house, would I notice?”
If you think weeks, months, or years would pass before you’d notice, you probably don’t need that item.
I like this method a bit more because it takes a lot of the feelings out of it. It doesn’t send you down a sentimental wormhole or send you teetering on the edge of a life crisis about what it says about you that your fake plant from Ikea gives you joy (or that the baby book you never finished doesn’t).
It’s simple and it works. It’s how we got rid of half of our stuff. So if the KonMari is not your thing but you want to do a little purging, maybe give this a try.