Marie Kondo is right. Clean up is good for the soul.
It all started with a gift from Helena Price: Marie Kondos best selling book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying up. Perhaps, Helena saw the clutter in my apartment when she came to visit (to take photos that were to accompany my interview with Offscreen Magazine) that convinced her that I needed help. I think I did. Deep down, I for past few yea
rs I have known that I had accumulated too many things. I was holding on to things both physical and metaphorical that provided the comfort of past, leaving room for nothing new. I was holding on to things that didnt make any sense. I didnt know why I had a living room full of furniture that had started to feel so alien.
Letting go is even more important than adding. The fact that you possess a surplus of things that you cant bring yourself to discard doesnt mean you are taking good care of them. In fact, it is quite the opposite.
About two years back, I had scaled down my life to a small one bedroom apartment one that is more befitting my desire to travel and use San Francisco as the hub of my journeys into the unknown. I had left the company I started to pursue life and see the world which was changing even as I stayed put in one place. I had a closet full of clothes tha
t had no correlation with my style sensibility. Ill-fitting, trendy, too colorful and some of them just out of sync with the early autumn stage of my life. Many were the roadkill on my evolution as a man who slowly got comfortable with knowing what he didnt want as much as when he did.
Today, I much prefer few things well fitting, mostly bespoke, and built to last into the future when I might be long gone. The mainstream brands have little room in my life, instead I prefer to find craftsmanship. I like makers who make, because they dont know what else to do. These choices are hard, sometimes cost more and take a lot of patienc
e. I have learned to buy things I love. There isnt any more room for mere likes in my life.
Kondos book, which isnt going to win any literary points, to me was a good reminder that visual interaction with things you have in your home has a profound impact on how one feels about them, which in turn leads to creative uses of even a few things.
Clothes, like people, can relax more freely when in the company of others who are very similar in type, and therefore organizing them by category helps them feel more comfortable and secure.
That is such a great way of thinking about clothes. But before I got to that point, I knew I had to start purging I prefer purging to the more cliched, tidying.
Keep only those things that speak to your heart. Then take the plunge and discard all the rest. By doing this, you can reset your life and embark on a new lifestyle.
The question then is where to start on this purge? I ended up emptying out my storage unit and dropping off as much as I could at Goodwill, hoping that they will reach someone in need. My books went to a library. I had three cases full of stationary which went to a school. But there was still so much stuff. What should I do with that?
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