I love Marie Kondo as much as anyone. I devoured her books when they came out, and love to watch her lovingly fold t-shirts on video clips and her show.
Not only did she teach me how to fold my shirts, but she also taught me that it was ok to let things go. I stuffed my homes full of items I bought on a whim, pricey items I purchased and never used, and sentimental family ‘heirlooms.’
But decluttering is only part of the answer.
The key to living a simpler life is to want less. And then buy less.
But that is hard. It is so hard.
Purging your closet of all of the clothes you don’t wear is excellent, but if you fill it back in with more clothes, you end up right where you started in the first place. It is disheartening when your forward progress pulls you around in a circle.
That is the nasty thing about decluttering that everyone seems to forget. You shouldn’t have to declutter your house every couple of years, and if you do, there is something else going on.
You need to want less.
How? How do you want less? That is the million-dollar question. And I am still trying to figure it out. Plus, I am pretty sure it is different for all of us. For me, it started with limiting my social media. I want a whole lot less when I am not looking at fashionable people in their stylish houses on Instagram.
I also take a look at my goals. If buying another pair of jeans is not going to help me reach my goal of staying out of debt, then I should pass. The same goes for my dream of a remodeled kitchen.
Now it’s your turn! How are you working toward wanting less?