By Susan Caplan McCarthy
I’ve recently reread Marie Kondo’s books, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy. One of the things she emphasizes throughout her method of eliminating items that neither ‘spark joy’ nor earn a place in our life for their usefulness is to thank possessions for playing a part in our life.
Although some people have a difficult time with Kondo anthropomorphizing inanimate objects; still, you may find it easier to release items after acknowledging their role in your life.
Let’s say that you bought something on sale that you never used. You might be tempted to continue to hold onto the item just in case you’re able to use it someday (even though you know you probably won’t). Kondo recommends that you consider that the item’s function was to give you the thrill of finding a bargain and that having served that function you can release the item.
Yeah, I know, that doesn’t quite cure the sting of spending money on something you never used, but it does give you a different way of looking at the purchase and how it served you.
Perhaps you are frustrated to find hobby and recreational items in your home that you rarely used. Kondo encourages you to thank the items for showing you what you aren’t interested in.
You don’t have to have a full-blown conversation with your possessions; however, if you find that you are holding onto something for a vague reason, consider the purpose you wanted the item to have in your life and if the item has fulfilled its role in that purpose.
When I look at some of the items that are in my current to-be-donated box, I can see how I acknowledged the items for completing their function.
Is there an item that you can release after thanking it for fulfilling its role in your life? Tell us about it in the comment section below.
I help people focus on what's important to them by guiding them through clearing clutter and distractions from their lives. I teach decluttering and organizing skills through articles; books; courses; speaking engagements; as well as virtual coaching sessions.