I have always loved books. I fondly remember the excitement I would get from entering a public library as a child, which I still experience anytime I enter a well-stocked Chapters. I love that books are full of new ideas, hidden stories, and a world of possibility all in the palm of your hand.
However, I understand not everyone shares a love for books as strongly as I do. Or even reading for that matter. But I feel it is my due diligence to share some amazing books with you that have improved, increased, or broadened my sense of health.
Here is one I think everyone can benefit from: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.
This book blew up not only my Instagram feed but also every Chapter’s storefront I entered. I have always been interested in minimalism (and could very much use more of it in my life), so I excitedly purchased this book a few months back.
I finished it within two days.
Marie Kondo is a professional organizer who is the proud owner of a three-month waitlist. The book is centered on the idea that we are all living with too many “things”. Kondo explains how these things can clutter our minds and take over our home.
I found this book at a pretty relevant time in my life. After arriving home from three months of backpacking I was reminded that all of my possessions were housed in a storage locker. Additionally, I would need to minimize an apartments worth of things down to one furnished bedroom sized amount for my new home in Edmonton. Not only does this book address what you should get rid of, it teaches how you can maximize what you already own. A huge idea that I have implemented is the way I fold and store my clothes (pictured below). Using this method lets me see everything at once instead of “forgetting” about certain pieces stuck at the bottom of the pile.
This book also taught me the process of letting go – that no item should be kept in your possession if it no longer “sparks joy”. This method of asking yourself, “Does this spark joy in my life?” sounds a little too simple to help you clear out years of collected possessions, but I promise you it works. Kondo also talks about letting go of things that may have memories or sentimental value by appreciating it for serving its purpose, and then letting go.
Of course my quick synopsis will never do this book the justice it deserves. In a world where we are all working to accumulate more “things”, it is important to step back and realize what is truly important in our lives.
This week I challenge you to step back before purchasing something and ask yourself if it sparks joy in your life. By only allowing truly important possessions in our lives, I believe we can get to a beautiful place where we are satisfied with less. And I think that’s pretty cool.