Marie Kondo's advice when choosing what to discard from everything that has accumulated in the pandemic

marie condo It not only orders homes, but also our lives. In the last two years, with the pandemic in between, online shopping exploded. The houses were filled with bread machines, stokers and stationary bicycles. Now that normalcy has returned, does the minimalist mark of order and cleanliness of Kondo?

The Japanese tidy guru thinks so. She sees this moment as one to expand her technique to offices and grooming routines. Last summer, inSparking Joy With Marie Kondo”, a three-episode series that aired on Netflix, Kondo was seen persuading people to adopt his principle of order: “stay and keep the things that give you joy and get rid of what is not interesting”.

Now he is preparing for the release of his latest book, “Marie Kondo’s Kurashi at Home” what sIt was in November. Through its pages, he will show readers how to apply his method in the different aspects of daily life. Among his suggestions he mentions: “Practice awakening your joy”, how to do it? A simple exercise would be slow down and feel the scent of flowers.

“As we return to the office or develop new ways of working through the hybrid model, there is nothing better than create environments that reflect happiness”, Kondo told me in an email interview.

He entered the US market when he launched his book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.” The success was so great that from that moment it became known simply as “Kondo”. In 2016 she published “Spark Joy”, an illustrative guide with tips to fold shirts, it was a hit.

When the pandemic hit, American society seized on isolation as an opportunity to renew the articles of their houses and dressing rooms. Neither inflation nor the increase in gasoline prices stopped this wave of consumerism. Shopping became a new marathon.

During the height of the pandemic, when social life and activities were limited, shopping was “probably one of the few things that a lot of people could do, and that amused him”said Travis Osborne, director of the Anxiety Center at the Seattle Evidence-Based Treatment Center. “In our brain there are neurochemicals that are released when we buy something and that cause a feeling of well-being,” he added.

But now that life is returning to normal, outside of homes, Kondo stresses that all those purchases will no longer bring so much joy.

“During the pandemic, many people accumulated objects that once brought them happiness,” Kondo said. “But now I would tell them to choose some of them, the most important ones, and that the rest or those that are no longer useful, donate them,” he added.

Last month, Martha Stewart held a fair at her farm in Bedford, New York to sell items you no longer use: garden furniture, wicker baskets and decorations. To find out where to locate each article, people had access to a series guide that could be found on Netflix: “Get Organized with the Home Edit”.

Junkluggers, a New York company that deals with removing equipment and furniture that people no longer use, increased its work by 30% over the previous year. Josh Cohen, the owner of the franchise, said he was surprised by the number of stationary bikes that no one wanted anymore. “Nothing surprises me, but that was something that caught my eye,” he said, adding, “You’re talking about a $1,500 exercise bike.”

For Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar, director of the new master’s program in Happiness Studies at Centenary University in New Jerseythis feeling is not obtained through objects but through experiences. “Joy is a process that is built over time,” he said.

To facilitate and encourage the habit of order, Kondo sells a line of boxes and baskets in The Container Store. It also has a website where it sells kits and household items, and guides to tips and organization ideas.

By Ronda Kaysén

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