Part 3 of 4*
Does It Spark Joy?
This is the third in a series of four articles that chronicles my experiences and impressions of Marie Kondo’s hugely popular book called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. To catch up and read the previous posts, click the active links at the bottom of this page.
Even if you haven’t read Kondo’s book, you may find my remarks helpful in your journey.
When I first read the section in the book where Kondo invites you to hold each item in your hand and ask if it sparks joy, I immediately started scanning the room I was in at the time: my living room. My eyes landed on the cluster of mirrors on the wall that have hung there for nearly twenty years.
I could tell right away without even holding them that they no longer sparked joy. I put the book down and started taking the smaller ones out, and moving the larger ones around. I immediately felt a sense of sparkly possibility, more space, more breathing room.
After about twenty minutes of mirror musical chairs, I liked the feeling of having fewer objects on the wall.
Same mirrors. Less of them. New placement. That whole room now sparkles with joy!
“Does it spark joy?” is one of the best tools in Kondo’s toolkit. Love-love-love it!
That said, if I had adopted her discarding technique, as she suggests we do with anything that doesn’t spark joy, it’s possible that I would have thrown out all the mirrors and never known that they still could make my heart sing.
“Folding In” The Spacious Way
Sometimes things can spark joy when we move them around. You need to use your intuition with this one. Before you discard an item you have loved in your life, I would suggest you place it somewhere else, or weed out what’s around it, and see if the joy is still there: i.e. it lights you up.
If not, definitely discard it with love and gratitude for what the object has meant to you and move on.
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This is the third in a series of four articles that chronicles my experiences and impressions of Marie Kondo’s hugely popular book called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. To catch up and read the previous post, click the active link here: