The mighty power of tidying up

Everybody is talking about Marie Kondo these days.

Kondo, who sprang out of nowhere but now is everywhere, is the newly crowned queen of tidying up. Her advice includes getting rid of everything in your home that doesn’t “spark joy.”

“From the moment you start tidying, you will be compelled to reset your life,” she says. She’s absolutely right about that.

I think Marie Konda hit a nerve right now because our lives are more cluttered than ever before – not only with stuff, but with information. Technology ensures we are in constant touch with the entire world at all times. We are always aware of everything. It’s exhausting.

Tidying up enables us to focus on just one thing. That purple, size-4 bridesmaid’s dress. That wooden tennis racquet with no strings. The ukulele you were going to learn to play. As we contemplate their fate, we achieve a rare single-mindedness.

Many people have a hard time throwing things out. I guess I’m lucky that I’ve never had that problem. In fact, I never think twice about – getting rid of stuff energizes me. It makes me feel lighter, ready for action.

If you hate throwing stuff away, why not challenge yourself to toss just one thing today? You won’t regret it. In fact, you’ll probably feel wonderful afterwards. I always do!

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