It seems everyone is “Marie Kondoing”

Decluttered Sanctuary

Millions of people around the world are “Marie Kondoing”—reorganizing by giving up physical items that do not bring joy in their lives.  Have you ever wondered why this makes sense?  Can tidying up your home really make a difference?

Now let’s do a reverse experiment and start with a clean room.  Imagine yourself walking in this room. How do you feel?  Write down 3 words to describe how you feel.  Write down 3 words to describe the person who lives in this room. 

Now it’s time to add things into the room.  You buy 100 books from the flea market, because they are only 10 cents each!  You think someday you would sit down and read them all.  Pick a place to put them.  You want to exercise, so you pick up a treadmill from the neighborhood garage sale.  You know you are too busy to do that now but someday you will use it every day.   An end table is very nice to have right at the end of the bed. That way you have a convenient place to put your clothes and all the extra pillows when you go to bed.   How about two new suitcases for that trip you’re going to take?  Your kids come in the room and play with marbles and toy cars, and now they are everywhere on the floor.  You get up late and have to go to work right away, leaving the bed unmade, dirty clothes on the end table and on the floor, toys all over the floor, books scattered around, coins and cups of water from the night before sitting on the dresser.  You come home and try to tidy up but accidently kick your toe on the treadmill.  You give up and decide to do it on the weekend.  How do you feel at the end of the week after seeing this mess for a whole week?  Write down 3 words to describe how you feel.  Write down 3 words to describe the person who lives in this room.  

It’s not hard to see what psychological effect such a mess can have on you.  It is hard to keep everything the way it is in the picture if you have too much stuff.  That’s why getting rid of unnecessary items makes sense.


About the AuthorYi Foland  -  Yi Foland is a residential real estate broker and REALTOR®.  She is a member of the Nexus Realty Group at Coldwell Banker Shook in Lafayette, Indiana.  She specializes in helping home buyers and home sellers in Lafayette & West Lafayette, IN and the surrounding area.

Yi holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Linguistics from the University of Nottingham.  She is a successful entrepreneur having built a thriving language academy in China before relocating to Indiana.  In her spare time, she enjoys gardening and art.  She is also a native Mandarin speaker.  She lives in West Lafayette, Indiana with her husband Michael and their sons Terence and Julian.  中文服务



The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo