Organize Your Life, Find Your Joy?

Does It Bring You Joy?

If you haven’t seen or heard of the KonMari Method, you may check out one of her YouTube videos here.

Marie Kondo has videos with over 4 million views and a Netflix series. But, why are we drawn to the KonMari Method, and why are so many of us looking for ways to organize and clean up our lives?

We could also ask, why are so many of us disorganized? Why do we feel the need to look to a stranger to help us clean out our closets and get rid of things we no longer need?

The Emotions of Items

So when Ms. Kondo asks us to pick up an item and ask, “Does this bring me joy? Does it have a spark of joy?” she is asking us to identify what emotions we may have attached to the item. Again, why does this matter? It seems to make sense to keep only the items in our possession that bring out a positive reaction. If we have a negative connotation to an item, according to the KonMari method, we should get rid of it.

In general, it is a good idea to identify where our negative emotions originate. Whether emotions are associated with an item, or a person, or a circumstance, naming the negative emotion can allow us to cope with it.

Increase Organization, Decrease Stress

This organization may provide a sense of control over life when so much seems out of our control. As control of our lives increases, our stress and anxiety will usually decrease.

If you find yourself with hoarding tendencies or emotional attachments that inhibit your everyday functioning, please reach out for the help of a friend or a professional counselor.

Written by: Allison Wray

Originally published at https://growcounseling.com on October 31, 2022.

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