Get it? In other words, do you think your belongings are LIT? Lit is a current word that means something is really good, intense, fun, or exciting. (Yes I have a teenager.)
With Americans everywhere asking themselves, "Does this spark joy?" so I thought I'd coin a new, trendy phrase. Do you think it will catch on? Probs Not. (Whoops, I slipped into teen jargon again!)
If you don't know what I'm talking about, let me fill you in. Since January, Marie Kondo's new Netflix show, Tidying Up has been causing quite a buzz. I have watched a few episodes and read Marie's first book a few years back. It is interesting revisiting this method years after I read her book and after I became a CPO®. I thought I’d explore where KonMari and TSO methodologies meet and diverge. No right or wrong with each, just unique. Each organizer is a unique person so we all have our own experiences and education that has formed our opinions.
In a recent article from the StarTribune, people are changing shopping habits to ask, ‘Does this spark joy?’ before they purchase. This is great awareness. One of the easiest ways to head towards less clutter is to not even let the items in the door. When my clients tell me they have a hard time resisting sales I remind them, “It’s 100% off if you don’t buy it!” You can’t beat that deal.
The sparking joy trend that Marie Kondo has inspired is needed in our post-modern society. It's sparking reflection on how we live our lives and what we value. Do we value our time? People? Rest? Peace? The amount of belongings we manage impacts all those things. Many people are digging a little deeper into their life, their habits, their environment and their STUFF to realize there is hope. We don't need to live overwhelmed by "stuff". There's hope. So kudos to you, Marie. Well done!