I decluttered during the weekend just because I’ve been so frustrated with how many things I’ve accumulated and how they actually have become a burden to me. Not just a burden to my space but to my mind.
My closet in particular had always been the place where I’d dread to declutter because I know I’d need to face the reality of how much money I’ve wasted. More than that though, I know some things hold a sentimental value to me.
On the pursuit of effective and mindful declutter, I discovered the Konmari method.
If you’ve never heard about this before and if you’ve been trying to find the motivation to declutter, I’d say start with understanding this method. It’s a simple yet a powerful declutter method. We often categorise our stuff according to its physical properties but hardly ever the mental and emotional effects these things have on us. I mean, that’s why it’s hard for us to let go certain things when we know we haven’t used them in a while.
Konmari method question our deepest values and do not dismiss the fact that we are attached to certain stuff and we are allowed to keep things that give us joy.
Why are Japanese people so wise, btw?!
But decluttering isn’t always easy. I grew up being a materialistic person. I used to be a compulsive shopper. I used to indulge in novelty and pretty stuff. It took time and self-awareness to buy rationally. It took a consistent practice of self-discipline to be moderate in my spending… although journals and books are my guilty pleasures.
So, if you are feeling a bit overwhelmed with life or perhaps feel a tad bit stagnant, start by decluttering your space. Organising everything will keep your life in perspective. What’s useful? What’s meaningful? Which ones a burden?
The things that you own are like your thoughts. Some are just a waste of space, some are valuable but hidden—buried by unnecessary things—and some are already on the surface and you just need to find a way to give meaning to your life.
Sure, everything comes from within but having a valuable and meaningful space not only would help declutter your space but also your mind.