Monday, March 13, 2017

Lent and my experiences with the KonMari method

For Lent, instead of giving something up - I have given up many many things.

I recently devoured the book "the life-changing magic of tidying up" by Marie Kondo and its title definitely delivered.  The basic essence of the book is to only keep things in your life that spark joy.  That's it.  Its delightfully simple.  Then you go through every single thing that you own and tidy up utilizing the KonMari method.

So for Lent, instead of giving up a vice, I decided to give up clutter and things that don't "spark joy."  Marie created a list in order of where to begin.  She starts with clothes, specifically tops.  I got rid of a total of 52 tops.  It sickens me to read that.  How does one even own that many tops to be able to get rid of that many?  I can't believe I'm putting this in print!

I then proceeded through the rest of my wardrobe, including accessories and other items.  Books were the hardest to part with - I'm not going to lie.  I'm not done with everything that I own - but I will get there.  It's honestly kind of thrilling to do.  I held a "garage sale" of sorts last weekend.  I wanted to give my belongings to friends and loved ones for free.  I had two people show up, one of them being my roommate.  But it's the thought that counts, right?  Then I donated the remaining items to a local thrift shop.  

I'm hoping that by through this experience I will start to focus less on collecting material things.  I want to focus on the more important things in life: like love and friendship.  And ultimately: to remember that Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice for me.