As I have been going through my things, one by one, I’ve come to the realization that a lot of the things I have accumulated over time, I only originally bought to bring me happiness.
And now they don’t.
That shirt that I tried on at the mall a year ago still looks great, still fits very well, still looks in good condition but…it’s just not doing it for me anymore. I don’t reach to wear it even once a week. It just hangs there, mocking me for spending x amount of dollars on it, but never even using it. And I could say the same thing for at least 100 other items I own.
Sure, when it comes to things like clothes or jewelry, trends come and go. But what about other things? What about that plate set you were so excited to have because the flowers were just that beautiful but now you eat out of take out containers and pizza boxes? Or the darling photo frame you got at a steal that now sits in the back of your closet without a single photo in it? And that beautiful off white knit blanket that you swore would be the PERFECT movie night blanket has now joined the other five blankets under the bed?
There was some drive, some happiness, some urge to purchase each and every single thing. Where did the happiness for that item go?
In the KonMari method of decluttering, Marie Kondo suggests that you ask yourself if an item “sparks joy”. But if we have it in our possession, in our home, in our everyday life, shouldn’t it always spark joy? Shouldn’t I wake up in the morning and open the closet doors and not feel frustrated when trying to choose an outfit because everything I own sparks joy?
I want to reach that point, the point where I can wake up and be content every morning because I know there is no clutter, mess or negative distractions in my space. I live, breathe, work, and sleep in a 506 sq foot apartment. Why would I want anything but happiness in there?
So now, as I go to embrace my last and final day of moving, I go with the intention of only holding onto things that bring me