This is a story about the one time I walked into a bookstore (yes, those still exist) and actually walked out with a book.
Last summer, we spent a month back in California visiting family and preparing for our big move to China. One lazy afternoon, Shan and I went browsing through the aisles of Barnes and Noble and stumbled upon Spark Joy, by Marie Kondo. We had just gotten into the capsule wardrobe kick, so it caught my eye right away. I showed him the book, he grabbed another copy, and we immediately found a quiet corner to settle into. For the next hour, we sat there reading the same book (him actually detail reading, me skimming through and focusing on illustrations.)
We felt so inspired!
Spark Joy was a lifesaver while we were packing for China. It evaluates whether or not items in our lives bring us joy- for example, that one dress we all have but never wear. Does it actually bring us joy, or does it just weigh us down and make us feel guilty for not wearing it more? It liberated us to toss things we had ‘just because’, but didn’t actually add value to our lives. We brought Spark Joy with us to China, and referenced it multiple times while unpacking and setting up our home as well. It explains how the importance of organizing your closet in an attractive way influences your desire to wear clothes, and also the art of letting go of old clothes.
Spark Joy touched upon how to organize household clutter as well, and not just clothing. Shan’s weakness is keeping things that may come in handy one day (like loose papers, electronic adapters, wires, scissors, tape… all the stuff that accumulates over time), and Marie guides you in how to sift-through and organize all the useful junk we need.
After getting rid of so much clutter, it made us evaluate everything before buying anything– would it add value to our lives, or would it just be another item to toss? We naturally began to shift towards buying less things and focusing on quality instead. In the place of 3 cheap shirts that don’t really fit right, invest in 1 higher quality shirt that does. This little book really shaped our perspective on owning stuff, and made us aware of how more things does not equal more flexibility. Do the things in your life add value and bring you joy, or do they simply take up space?
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