The problem I have with the KonMari method is that I have a lot of clothes that don't spark joy and I would happily throw away, but that would probably mean that I would end up with like 3 tshirts. And I don't have the money to spend on new clothes so I just keep them and wear them even though I don't like them.
My closet is quite small to begin with as I already try to be a bit of a minimalist so getting rid of clothes means that I'll have very few left.
And shopping is such a stressful experience for me, especially in this pandemic environment, that I don't even know where to begin.
I had so many cheaply made, broken items that I held on to, just in case I could upcycle them into something better. Ten dollar flats that are essentially just aesthetic pieces of cardboard, I’m looking at you.
shoutout to past me who brought Marie Kondo randomly during a conversation with my driving instructor about how great she is for teaching how to clean your house, despite me only see a 5 minute clip so I can seem like a functional being that can carry a conservation topic (and cuz I couldn´t think anything else)...
And that I somehow manage to convince him that I´m a very organized person, despite being an actual disaster. I think he never suspects till this day.
Ambitious creatives and creators must learn to filter out distractions. It’s a survival skill.
Whenever you say “yes” to something, you’re saying “no” to something else. And vice versa.
The more yesses you give, the more commitments you will have to fulfill on.
And the more times you say “no,” the more you will leave space for what matters to you.
Sooner or later, as you continue to grow,…
Roughly 8 days until we close on our house. I am very excited and am mostly packed. The last few things left are things I use regularly and furniture. I believe I can safely say that I have succeeded in my venture to only keep things that spark joy. It was quite an emotional/spiritual journey as well that I hadn’t really expected, but makes sense in hindsight. Definitely looking forward to being able to move-in to our house as well.
Remember when the book fandom criticised the Marie Kondo method and then got solidly shut down by the rest of the internet? It might have been a big misunderstanding.
I looked into it more and this might be the fault of family blogs. There’s one with a listicle “16 Things Marie Kondo Says Everyone Should Discard”, which included unread books and reference books.
If you know one thing about book fandom culture, it’s that having unread books is a big deal. Having unread books on hand is somewhere between a status symbol, an emergency food supply, and a part of your identity. If you hear that someone is telling you that something integral to your identity needs to go, you’re not going to react well.
Marie Kondo (and I assume most of the people she’s worked with, I haven’t watched the show) don’t tie their identity to reading. She treats books as utilitarian objects, not keepsakes. That’s a disconnect. Maybe the backlash here wasn’t just racism or hating the popular thing, maybe it was a value clash.
I’m not going to say it’s not that deep, because obviously it took a lot of explaining to get here, but maybe the depth isn’t in the first place we thought to look.
Kelly Marie Tran in Cosmopolitan’s April 2021 issue.
In my night stand
Kelly Marie Tran isn’t just a seriously good actor (hi, Star Wars) — she’s also kind of a sleep wizard. Yes, it’s okay to be jealous.
By Madeleine Frank Reeves
The voice of one, that is. Catch Kelly in Disney’s animated Raya and the Last Dragon, streaming now.
My overall nightstand vibe
Cute slash chic. And freakishly organized. Marie Kondo changed my life — someone please tell her I love her!
Always in there
ChapStick. Plus my Moleskine lined notebooks and Crayola Fine Line Markers. I am a newly obsessed bullet journaler.
And always on top
Is it surprising to be obsessed with Harry Potter and have a Harry Potter coaster on my nightstand for bedtime tea? No, I didn’t think so, but I felt you should know about it.
My snack sitch
None, but THAT IS A GREAT IDEA.
Current bedtime reading
Know My Name by Chanel Miller. It’s heart-wrenching and powerful.
When it comes to alarms, I...
Set one but usually wake up before it because I am one of those VERY ANNOYING morning people. I’m also one of those weird people who falls asleep the minute my head hits the pillow. I can sleep anywhere, anytime. No lulling needed. Like, I once fell asleep at a gay pride concert in Brighton.
Image source: Daily Kelly Marie Tran @tranIoan on Twitter
Planning to make some changes finally happen after the Easter holidays? Or do you simply do not want to wait until the summerholidays arrive to start with your spring cleaning plan?
Be it the spring cleaning plan or simply a wish to bring a little bit of order and structure into your daily life: Marie Kondo can make this happen for you!
Marie Kondo (also: KonMari/ *1984, Tokyo) has been a cleaning addict all her life. Since she was a little girl she was always on her hunt for unnecessary things and stuff within the house she could throw away and reorganize. And today she has mastered her techniques to its finest and opened up her successful cleaning help consulting agency. Her book ‘Magic Cleaning’ has sold worldwide over 1 million copies and in Japan she is considered to be the No.1 expert when it comes to cleaning and reorganisation.
To tidy up or clean your house, room or working place means for Kondo to have a fresh and new start with everything. And this also means literally EVERYTHING. So if you are not ready to make also a change to your gloomy and needy mindset when tidying up - beware!
Because Mrs. Kondo stands right behind you (oh yes, she does also while you are reading the pages of her book...) and she watches your every move trying to hide your old and unuseful stuff in some corner that in fact should have been thrown out some time ago and therfore only takes space up for new and more useful things. [...]
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Now that I’ve gone through the process, I realize it’s in order of increasing emotional attachment to items. You first get to build your decision-making skills for what to keep and what to let go of while minimizing the chance of emotional reasoning.