Last month, I read a little book that changed my life. Really. I finished Marie Kondo's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up as Hadrian and I were returning to Chicago after visiting our families in North Carolina. For six consecutive days I did nothing but tidy. I breathed tidying, dreamed tidying. By the time our apartment was finished, I was on such a tidying high that I couldn't stop. I moved on to my theater case, my locker at work, my desktop, and my inbox. We donated nearly 30 garbage bags of clothes, books and household objects. And we have a small one bedroom apartment. And I thought we didn't have a lot of stuff...
"Does it spark joy?" This is the foremost question that Marie Kondo requires her clients to ask themselves, over and over, with each and every thing that they own. If the answer is yes, keep it. Toss the rest. "Does it spark joy?" has become a kind of mantra for me when shopping, and also a joke among my friends who witnessed the apex of my post-tidying glee.
A wide, airy space opened up inside of me when I put my home in order. I am more appreciative of the beautiful things that I own, and all of the gifts in my life. I have more room inside to be grateful and giving, and I feel less desire. I am more patient, positive, and productive.
However, I accidentally got rid of our toaster oven...that was probably a mistake.