Why would anyone buy purple tights? What is joy, anyway? But I was ready to fold, the primal act of Ms. Set these upright in your drawers. And pour your heart into it, Ms. She proposes a similarly agreeable technique for hanging clothing. Such anthropomorphism and nondualism, so familiar in Japanese culture, as Leonard Koren, a design theorist who has written extensively on Japanese aesthetics, told me recently, was an epiphany to this Westerner.
In Japan, a hyper-awareness, even reverence, for objects is a rational response to geography, said Mr. Folding is deep and pervasive in Japanese culture. Folding is a key strategy of modular systems that have evolved because of limited living space. Indeed, Ms. Mine were obviously having a terrible time, torqued and twisted like coach passengers on an overcrowded flight to Europe.
My weekend was lost to Ms. After three days, I had given four bags of clothing and two bags of shoes to the Salvation Army, along with two dead computers. Two-thirds of my fridge — jam dating to , undated tubes of tomato paste — ended up in the trash.
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Giddy, I twirled ribbons into circles and nestled them in a drawer with a stack of tissue paper, notecards and rolls of Scotch tape. I threw lone gloves out with near drunken abandon.
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And I smugly noted that my hoarding habits could be worse. Kondo writes of the client with 60 toothbrushes and of another with 80 rolls of toilet paper. The record, she says, was the client who stockpiled 20, cotton swabs. Of the toothbrush hoarder, Ms. I found myself pondering whether she would go through one a day if she brushed her teeth too hard, or if perhaps she used a different brush for each tooth. I filled two gallon trash bags with miscellaneous garbage: shirts with ink stains on the pockets, old clippings, appliance warranties, credit card statements.
For Ms. She is equally ruthless about buttons. Your home is not a museum.
But maybe your great-aunt never liked them either and also felt too guilty to let them go. Or give it to another family member who would really like it. Or sell it on eBay. The key to parting with items suspended in time is not to replay that story. Rule of thumb: If it serves no purpose, let it go. Turn all the clothes hanging in your closet so that the hangers face back-to-front. For the next six months, if you wear an item of clothing, return it to the closet with the hanger facing the correct way.
If you try it on but decide not to wear it, make sure you put it back with the hanger turned backward—no cheating.
Be prepared for a shock; you are going to find you own lots of clothes you have no use for. Here is a tried and true way to find out. Empty the contents of your kitchen utensils drawer into a cardboard box.
For one month, put a utensil back into the drawer only if you take it out of the box to use it. Pass it on to charity.
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