If you’re anything like me, you have been tuning into the ever-evolving content that has become popular on the streaming service Netflix. With tons of original content, Netflix has been my go-to television entertainment of choice and has replaced my costly cable bill all while staying under the thrifty cost of $10/month. #winning
While in my free-time, I was browsing Netflix and came across a new original series “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.” I’d seen articles touting how remarkable and revealing the show was, so I decided to give it a shot.
The series is a real-life application of the tidying method created by best selling author Marie Kondo in her book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.” In the book and series, Kondo goes through a process of categorizing all household items into five groups and tackling each group one-by-one, decluttering, discarding and organizing a home one section at a time.
While I am anally organized (thanks to my upbringing) and had already adapted the Marie Kondo method to my way of living unknowingly, there was a key element that she introduced in each episode that really struck a chord.
While going through clothing, papers or memobillia, Kondo would ask each homeowner these four words: “Does it spark joy?” We often don’t think of an article of clothing, pots or other random things in our life with emotional consideration, but in doing so I could easily see how surrounding yourself only with the material items that make you happy could lead to a better home space and a freer life.
I dare think that the Marie Kondo method could be applied to other aspects of our lives outside of the home and yield the same freeing results. Over the next few weeks that followed, I found myself examining my life and asking “does this spark joy?” What I found was that I was compromising what could be joy for mental clutter, and I decided to tidy my life. Here’s how I did it:
As a professional, I realized that the things that made me happiest when I scrolled my feeds were motivational, inspirational or news-worthy. Those things made me feel like I was spending my time productively and that I was feeding myself value instead of endless memes and clutter. Over the course of 2-3 weeks, ask I scrolled I asked myself “does this person and their content spark joy?” If they didn’t then I unfollowed or unfriended. My social space is a lot more streamlined and I don’t run the risk of seeing content that isn’t fulfilling.
This spilled into my social space as well, but was one worth exploring. As a professional we often are preached “your network is your net worth” but if the quality of that network is not up to par, then you are doing yourself a disservice by holding on to relationships that aren’t serving your greater good. In asking myself “does this person spark joy in my life?” I was able to find increased value in the relationships that did, and reconsider those that didn’t.
Living a life that considers “joy” before each decision has allowed me to become more appreciative of what I have, only surround myself with what I love and to easily let go of things that I don’t. It has also inevitability forced me to put myself first and has served as a great source of self-care.
The results of the Marie Kondo method have led to a place of intentionality and a cultivated happiness I am proud of. Putting power back into the decision of what I allow in my life based upon if it sparks joy is one of the most freeing practices, and I recommend it to anyone, any age at any time.
Have you considered the Marie Kondo method of tidying in your home or life? What are your thoughts on it and how has it affected you? Let me know in the comments below!