The Konmari Method is all the rage right now. With a new revival in Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and her new TV series, people left and right are reconsidering their possessions and thinking differently about what it means to own things. While Marie Kondo focuses specifically on personal items, it’s really about an underlying message of personally defining what is important to each of us-- in other words, what sparks joy.
In short, the Konmari method forces us to consider what’s most valuable in our lives. Modern society has done a great job convincing us that we need certain things to be happy, or to fit in with others. In reality, tidying up isn’t just a method of organizing; it’s a way of life.
We need to start talking about how the Konmari method applies to other areas of our lives. People are clearing out their physical clutter but not the mental and emotional baggage lingering behind. With this in mind, it’s time to reconsider the way we live and if we’re really spending each day doing what sparks joy. If not, it’s time for a change.
Many people looking for a more edited life are realizing that the classic 9-5, exhausted and monotonous mentality doesn’t serve us, and it doesn’t spark joy. They’re realizing that ownership isn’t important- and not just with basic possessions, but larger things too like a house or car. These items can hold us back from bigger and broader aspirations. If Marie Kondo has taught us anything, it’s that objects can really bring us down.
That’s why people are turning to CoLiving as a way to bring the Konmari teachings into how we spend our time overall. It’s not just the things in your life that need tidying up, it’s also (and arguably more importantly) the people in our lives that are sorely in need of a clearout. Any person or activity that doesn’t bring you joy should be seriously reconsidered. This is the reason why CoLiving is becoming so popular and fulfilling: it’s more about having quality experiences and relationships over quantity.
CoLiving residents often travel to new places, meet new individuals, and foster relationships with those who share their values. They aren’t restricted by extraneous possessions, stereotypical office jobs, or a mortgage. And they’re much happier because of it. As Marie Kondo would agree, there’s truly no greater tool for sparking joy than bonding with others.
If you’re a fan of Marie Kondo’s methods and want to expand their benefits, consider trying CoLiving to tap into a higher level of satisfaction that goes beyond the initial wardrobe clearout. After all, since we’ve seen how much a difference decluttering your closet can make, just imagine what it can do when you apply it to everything else.
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