Let’s get deep
Most of the stuff I kept hanging onto related to particular life stages. It can be impossible to fully understand a situation once you’re in it. For me, I went from being a student, to working full-time and blogging on the side, to freelance wannabe #GIRLBOSS. I accumulated numerous paraphernalia during each stage, which would have seemed unthinkable to discard whilst it was happening but now I realise that I was holding onto it for various reasons. They were stages when I didn’t have clear goals in my mind and that resulted in having as many material possessions as possible. Now I have a lot more understanding of where I’m at now and where I need to be, so I only need to keep the things that truly add value to my life.
I’m obsessed with the ‘Has it served it’s purpose?’ mindset. That’s one of the main messages I took away really, changing your awareness and perspective of your lifestyle. Kondo’s thing is, if you bought something jazzy from a shop, then never wore it due to said jazziness, then it’s told you to stay away from all the jazzy items. It’s completed its role from the moment you bought it and can then be discarded (she also mentions thanking the items individually, but I draw the line at that malarkey). This mindset can also be applied to people. Think of all the different types you’ve encountered during studies, internships, offices, even in your Uberpool on the way home. Only very few of these people become close friends, but it’s worthwhile encountering them anyway (if only for anecdotes), as it teaches you how to deal with certain personality types. It also makes me appreciate my close friends so much more and value the qualities they have.