Monday Musings: When Marie Kondo’ed Peter

Am I the only one in the entire world who is unimpressed by Marie Kondo?

Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against Marie. I’m just old enough to remember Peter Walsh who preached the same approach back in the late 2000s during “The Oprah Winfrey” segments.

Then again, everything old is new again, isn’t it?

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I was into the decluttering arena long before I knew anything about Peter though.

Even as a kid, I needed for the environment around me to be decluttered and organized otherwise I couldn’t concentrate and write. To this day, keeping my space as feng shui/clutter-free possible helps tremendously when it comes to keeping my creative energy. The ideas are free to flow, the space is energized and everything is just zen.

These days,  I’m more into dostadning, a Swedish hybrid of the words for death and cleaning. It sounds totally morbid but it encompasses the same Marie/Peter methods with an added component – getting rid of excess to lessen the burden on your loved ones after you’re gone.

When I look at my belongings with dostadning in mind, I’m ruthless.

But I will thank Marie for one thing. Because of this KonMari craze, the thrift stores are OVERFLOWING with great stuff for cheap that “spark joy” and that “make my heart sing”.

Just look at this almost brand new book I bought for $1.25 that I had planned to buy at regular price:

Don’t believe me about the thrift stores? I dare you to visit your local one. Just be sure to declutter first! 🙂

M  xoxo

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5 thoughts on “Monday Musings: When Marie Kondo’ed Peter

  1. Natasha says:

    Dear Marquessa,

    I guess we humans have a thing about lapping up what’s the rage. And given the busy lifestyles we all lead in this modern age, I guess the Kon Marie method has come as a boon, handy for those of us who grapple to manage their spaces better.

    I’m a tidiness and cleanliness freak. I loved to be organised, but still do struggle keeping my cupboards and drawers organised for very long. I’m hoping Marie will bring redemption. Ha! Ha!

    Started reading her book late last year, but left it half way. Got to go back and finish it too.

    Have a magical week ahead.

    Much love. ❤

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  2. mandibelle16 says:

    That book looks wonderful. Let me know how you like it! An interesting comparison of purging clutter methods. I don’t really go for that sparks joy method, as some things are for utility and you need to keep despite them, giving you little joy — cleaning products, vacuums, tools, brooms, old sheets for when your painting, & 7 years of financial/tax records atleast. And shoes, clothes etc. give me a lot of joy, until I loose or gain weight, or see how a color “really” doesn’t suit me, but somehow I like the item anyway. It’s interesting how the FB marketplace and Kijiji even, has flourished with this trend.

    I see how the Swedish death cleaning can be an excellent addition to this method, or perhaps when older people are downsizing. But, I think too, we don’t always know what will give our loved ones joy; however, having your affaires in order is kind of important & an excellent thing to do for valuable items moneywise, Funeral arrangement, money etc. For me, I think going through your belongings at least yearly is a good thing. If you didn’t use it or wear it, and there is no foreseeable way of that happening in the next 5 at most, it goes. Perhaps, it all comes down to The Rolling Stones: “But, you cant take it with you when you go”. . . But (they forget to add) you might need it now. Then what? Although, I do think it will be a relief to never worry about stuff again.

    Take care lady. Nice to see read your posts more again 🙂

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    • Marquessa says:

      I’ll let you know about the book. And speaking of clothes, I still have a closet full with high hopes of fitting into some but if not by end of year, I figure I csn start fresh. Yearly is a great habit of yours!

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  3. K E Garland says:

    Girl. I have so much to say about this whole “fad.” First of all, I’m unimpressed because, generally speaking, I tend to run from things the masses run towards and once I understood the purpose, I was like huh? People are paying others hundreds of dollars to use this technique that’s basically like, hey ya’ll…throw your stuff away and be happier?

    The other part about making your space ready for when you die is something I’d decided should happen long ago after sifting through so many deceased loved one’s things. It really is a burden on the living and I wholeheartedly believe if you’re past the age of, let’s say 70, you should live minimally. I mean none of us are getting out of here alive lol, so why keep all the stuff for someone else to have to emotionally discard?

    …stepping off of my very tall soap box now lol

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    • Marquessa says:

      I smiled at your comment. I tend to run in the opposite direction or I’ve simply been ahead of the pack, but not always by choice. Being a 1st generation from immigrant parents, I was never part of any trends – the stories I could tell…I enjoy your soapbox. I wish more people had that mindset and am trying to encourage the elders in my family to start doing this.

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