I started to feel over cluttered years ago. I just didn’t realise. I blamed the small bedrooms I had in small shared houses. I blamed my storage options. It wasn’t until my husband and I moved into a (way too big for us and our cat) 3 bedroom house, on our own, and I still felt over cluttered, that I began to realise that I was choosing quantity over quality every time I shopped. Because of this, I was buying things I liked but not necessarily loved so I could have more things I like, instead of loved. As you can imagine this didn’t create a happy living space. To top it off, my husband realised he was doing the same thing.
Habits are hard to change. We recognised what we were doing and stopped adding to the problem, but we were finding it difficult to let go of what we had accumulated already. Then one day, I heard the wonderful Estée Lalonde talking about a book by a Japanese woman, named Marie Kondo that helped readers declutter their home. I stored it in my ‘To Read’ brain file and eventually got around to actually reading it.
I went through almost everything we owned whilst we were moving and although I did not follow Marie’s advice to the letter, she did inspire me with her philosophy. Her philosophy revolves around only keeping the items that bring you joy, and that by being surrounded by only items that bring you joy, you will be happier and more organised. I honestly do feel so much better with less stuff. We got rid of about half our stuff in the last cull and I still feel like I could get rid of more! I have changed. This book has changed me. I look at things differently now and I recognise that I’m happier in a clutter free home.
This is not an excellent, critical, educational book review. This is my opinion on how this book has affected me. To really get the most out of this book, you need to be already open to changing your lifestyle, even just a little bit. It’s incredibly inspirational, and does make you want to start culling straight away. She just makes sense. I highly recommend reading this book and I think it’s important for people to stop being so consumeristic. Keep things in your life that provide joy.
Thanks for reading!