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But Does it Spark Joy? (the one question you should be asking)

A couple weeks ago I read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up right along with so many of you. This book has popped up in my instagram feed, my blog feed and my real life conversations.

I read it in a week and I didn’t immediately apply her action steps. I have small children and I know my limits.

For those who haven’t read this book, Marie Kondo is a professional declutterer and organizer. She’s made a career of helping people organize their belongings and by default their life. For those of us who don’t live in Japan, she wrote down her methods for us to read and integrate into our daily lives.

She has several different ideas that I haven’t heard before such as folding your shirts vertically like a file folder so as to be able to see the entire drawer at first glance. She suggests that in order to declutter  properly you should empty your entire closet/cupboard/bookshelf and handle every item before deciding to keep it or toss it while asking yourself if it sparks joy.

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We tend to be on the minimalist side of living, we’ve moved every couple of years and we have had to handle every item in our house. I purge on a regular basis and I’m pretty good on getting rid of things we don’t need. I have had a series of methods, some of which work and some don’t. The Konmari method is one that will stay.

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The sparking joy mentality has been carried over into other areas of my life, not just if I should keep a sweater or not.

I bought a new winter coat recently. I tried on a lot of coats, there were ones that fit perfectly but were a boring colour. There were some that were a great price and I could have made them work. But then there was the one that I bought. It’s red, it’s comfy and as soon as I put on, I smiled.

It sparked joy.

Making decisions is not my strong point, even simple decisions of getting dressed, planning menus and organizing my week. Or big decisions like should we go for this opportunity or that one? They exhaust me and I’m always looking for ways to simplify and streamline the decisions I have to make.

This question has become my go-to.

Does it spark joy?

When I handle it, does it make me smile?

It’s saving my mental energy for those big decisions that I do need to think through from every possible angle. It’s making my daily choices simpler and my days that much more happier.

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Have you read this book? Do you have a method for making your decisions?

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  • Joy March 26, 2015, 1:35 pm

    I am number 20 in the holds queue for this book 🙂 Great thoughts! I am totally in this mode with clothes! Having too many clothing choices is majorly stressful for me so I’m seriously paring down to only the things I love and actually wear! Attempting the same for the girls as well. Looking forward to reading this!

    • thisvintagemoment March 26, 2015, 9:54 pm

      Yes! I need to do the same for my girls as well- too many options is not a good thing.
      It’s worth the wait. =)

  • Caleigh March 26, 2015, 2:11 pm

    I think I’m like #19 in line at our library. 😛 I was pretty sure I would already love this book, but what you say about it convinces me! I definitely struggle with decision making too, and I love the whole “does it spark joy?” question! I cannot wait to read this book!

    • thisvintagemoment March 26, 2015, 9:54 pm

      You’ll love it, I know. And the question makes everything so much simpler. =)

  • Krista March 26, 2015, 10:48 pm

    I’ve not read this book, but it sounds excellent. I love keeping things around me that bring me joy and make me smile. 🙂

    • thisvintagemoment March 27, 2015, 8:48 am

      It’s a book that reminds me of you, especially in the only keeping things around that make us happy. =)

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