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Only Keeping What Sparks Joy: Konmari Method

Good morning, friends. I’m up on this memorial day morning at an ungodly hour, owing to the fact that I have school related stress on my mind. I have to finish studying for an exam. I also have three articles left to find for my dissertation, and those are due tomorrow (I found 2/5 last night and it took me hours to properly read them). Oh, and I only worked out three times this week so far.

All that to say, my mind is full of to-do’s with little space for sleep. I couldn’t fall back asleep no matter how hard I tried. But I’ll tell you one thing that’s going right: my room. When you have a chaotic day (like the one I’m setting into motion right now), it helps to have a peaceful room to come back to. So, I decided to declutter. The process was slow.

I made a pile of all of my clothes on my bed to figure out what sparks joy.

I have been reselling clothes for about 5 years now as a little side hustle, in addition to having 2 jobs, 20+ hours of clients per week, and being a full time student. A client said a wise thing today: “if you are doing too many things at once, then nothing ever really gets done well”. At least, when it comes to Poshmark, this was the case.

Instead, I lived with a giant dresser full of stuff I didn’t want, in a walk-in closet that was already chock full of my own belongings. The stuff you see in my bed is only the stuff that was actually “mine”; the dresser had enough stuff in it to clothe several humans or one maximalist, and I knew for a fact that I didn’t want any of it.

I also decluttered my bookshelf, although I don’t have photographic evidence. What I do have are several bags of books that no longer spark joy (heck, they probably never did).

It feels a lot more peaceful to come into my room after a long day. I did a cost benefit analysis and realized that the tiny amount of money I’d make from selling a few items once in a while is far more insignificant than the happiness gains I could make. So, um. Lots of things are gone, and I’m happier.

One of the outfits that brings me joy.

I haven’t finished decluttering my space. I still have to declutter the bathroom and my desk, so I don’t want to get ahead of myself. However, I can say that I feel more calm in my room now.


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2 thoughts on “Only Keeping What Sparks Joy: Konmari Method

  1. So sorry about the stress! I’m glad you could declutter. I read the Marie Condo book a couple of years ago and it was pretty life changing, haha. I need to do some decluttering soon, though, as the room we are using for the new baby is our closet. Eek!!! Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

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