Asheville Doula: Konmari

Raise your hand if Marie Kondo has come to your home this weekend πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ Raise your hand if you and your husband are holding things and asking, β€œDoes this bring us joy?” πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ Raise your hand if your dresser drawers are starting to look like little bento boxes of origami shirts and leggings πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ Raise your hand if you’re bracing yourself to be laughed at when you tell your children to β€œsay thank you” to items before they throw them out πŸ˜‚πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ We’ll see how this experience pans out. But I do know that the rescue mission is about to get lots of β€œthanked” bags of clothes that no longer.

I’m finding a lot of things refreshing about the Konmari method. I really like the emotion she brings to tidying up. Being very intentional about surrounding yourself with only the things that bring you joy and passing on the rest with gratitude. I have definitely found that I hold onto things that I don’t need out of insecurity. What if I need these old maternity jeans?? Haha! It’s time for those things to go.

I also like how it’s a process. Most self-help or DIY models make it seem like everything should be instant. But it’s a process of weeding out the bad and highlighting the good.

So far my dresser, my kids’, and husband’s dressers are all stocked with little rolled shirts and pants. We’ve gone through our closet and gotten rid of all the random things. It’s crazy how much emotion I have assigned to seemingly inconsequential items. I picked up a couple of, albeit pretty, dresses that I deeply associated with a job that I worked and hated. I realized in that moment that holding onto them did NOT bring me joy. I thanked them for how they helped me in the past and said goodbye. THAT felt pretty freeing. Funny, right?

Energetically it feels great to be getting rid of the old and making space for all of the new and exciting things we have coming this year.