Can Tidying Your Home “Spark Joy”?


Whenever something won’t close in my house (a drawer, a door or a closet) it always surprises me how much frustration, irritation– and sometimes even anger it evokes.

Besides just being irritating, a single, unorganized space in my house can make me feel inadequate, as the keeper of it. It makes me feel like I can’t control my environment and by extension, my life.

Recently, I finished reading the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I’m sure you’ve stumbled upon it by now, perhaps in the New York Times, the Atlantic, GQ or maybe via Emily Gilmore in the Gilmore Girls Reunion.

The author, Marie Kondo, is a “tidying specialist” in Japan who has dedicated her life to helping people clear out the clutter of their lives. Her clients range from people with too many momentos— all the way to legitimate hoarders. Her job is to go to her clients homes, teach them her tidying method and walk them through it, step by step.

By tidying I don’t mean refolding the throw blankets. Her method of tidying is a complete reorientation of a person’s relationship with their possessions. Perhaps the most unique part of her method is how she teaches them to keep or discard an item.

The decision-maker? JOY.

Marie Kondo encourages her clients to get in touch with what items in their home “spark joy” in their hearts– and which items don’t. 

I immediately resonated with this relationship between joy and tidyness. Over the past year, I’ve been doing quite a bit of pre-Marie Kondo tidying and I’ve found there is a great deal of relief in ridding my home of unnecessary items and having more space. I’ve also noticed that surrounding myself with aesthetically pleasing items has had a very soothing effect on my soul (i.e. my hygge tray).

Since reading the book, I got inspired to try her method and see what would change. My house was pretty decluttered already.

What impact would her specific method have on my joy?

In this series, we will explore:

  • What the Marie Kondo method entails
  • How it differs from other ways of organizing a home
  • What parts were challenging for me
  • What impact it’s made on my home and life


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2 Replies to “Can Tidying Your Home “Spark Joy”?”

  1. Ive turned into a “minimalist” lately and look forward to this series

    1. awesome! I’m excited too!

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