Tag: Konmari

Value and joy

Lately, I’ve heard so many people discussing Marie Kondo and her Konmari method. I know she’s not strictly a minimalist but anything that helps people live with more intention and purpose is great in my book. There seems to be some criticism and scepticism about the ‘sparking joy’ thing. (Marie Kondo suggests that the standard…

Summer capsule 2018

Last week, I wrote about my summer capsule and how I use the Marie Kondo principle of ensuring an item ‘sparks joy’, before deciding to include it. I got a couple of queries regarding the detail of what was actually in my capsule, so here goes … 1 pair of jeans 3 pairs of trousers…

Sparking joy in my summer capsule!

This capsule has been a long time coming! I’m conscious how easily I could veer off course and turn this post into a weather update! But the weather has been so mixed lately that I’ve hesitated to put away the warmer clothes too soon. And mostly, that’s worked out. Except, of course, for the few…

Capsule wardrobe and the hanger rule

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about a wardrobe guideline that I found very useful when curating my clothes – one in, one out. When you’re doing a capsule, it’s so helpful to have recommendations that can be added into your own framework. There was another recommendation that initially I was very excited about.…

Letting go

This is a picture of a candle, with a burnt wick. Nothing to see here, right? But sometimes it’s the little things that can make a difference. I feel I’m an old hand at de-cluttering now. Clearing out clothes was fine – in fact, very liberating. I thought books would be hard and they were…

Small steps to simplicity

When I started my journey to simplicity, I found minimalism to be the greatest tool at my disposal. At that stage, I hadn’t read Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying – indeed I don’t think it was even available in English at that point. But I agree with her that starting with clothes is…

Neutral cardigan and the absence of joy

I love Marie Kondo’s phrase of ‘does this spark joy?’ when reviewing an item, but sometimes think it’s overstating how I feel.  My raincoat doesn’t exactly spark joy but I wouldn’t be without it.  So, I’ve tended to use The Minimalists’ phrase of ‘does this add value to my life?’.  This suits me better and…