You’d need to be dwelling beneath a rock to not know who Marie Kondo is. Scratch that, at this level even in the event you reside beneath a rock, it’s in all probability fastidiously curated and solely adorned with gadgets that spark you pleasure.

From her best-selling guide to a whole Netflix sequence, Marie Kondo has been revolutionizing the best way individuals deal with their properties and belongings—and it looks like everybody’s on board.

Who hasn’t spent their weekends discarding gadgets that don’t spark them pleasure or mastering the vertical fold?

That’s proper, I’ve a confession to make: I’ve but to hop on the KonMari bandwagon. I haven’t learn the guide. I haven’t watched the present. And sure, my garments are nonetheless folded horizontally.

Don’t get me improper: I actually respect Marie Kondo. Revolutionizing the group trade is a large accomplishment, and there’s no denying her ideas have modified many, many lives (and houses). For me, the issue is I like my stuff.

No, I’m not a hoarder, however I’m nostalgic. I cherish my recollections and discover preserving mementos from my previous a simple solution to stroll down reminiscence lane.

I nonetheless have all my solid T-shirts from the musicals I used to be in throughout center college. I save petals from each bouquet of flowers my boyfriend has given me over the previous 4 years. And in the event you gave me a card prior to now 5 years, there’s likelihood it’s tucked away in my residence’s media middle.

Pondering again on it, it’s how I used to be raised. My mother saves the whole lot from my sister’s and my childhood—actually, the whole lot. Letters we wrote to Santa, my favourite purple Mary Jane footwear, guide tasks from elementary college. We nonetheless have all our American Lady dolls within the basement and, a lot to my father’s dismay, our 1995 Barbie Jeep automotive parked within the storage (sorry, Dad!). When my childhood finest good friend and I performed together with her mother’s previous Barbie dolls, my mom all the time felt disillusioned she didn’t preserve her previous dolls for my sister and I to play with.

Does a “Hamilton” playbill and my Barbie seaside cruiser actively spark pleasure on the common? Not precisely. I don’t get a heat, fuzzy feeling each time I throw on an previous T-shirt from my childhood. In spite of everything, it’s only a shirt. However these bizarre trinkets and knick-knacks make up the material of my life. They’re good reminders of the life I’ve lead and little moments I would’ve forgotten in any other case.

Marie would possibly argue you possibly can all the time replenish the gadgets you discard, and he or she’s proper. You possibly can all the time purchase a brand new white T-shirt or one other spatula to your kitchen; nevertheless, the plot thickens on the subject of, “If I have been to discard any of them, they’re gone for good.” In contrast to a spare white T-shirt or additional spatula, you possibly can’t purchase your recollections again.

No, it’s not simply my stuff that I like viewing; its everybody’s. Final summer time, my boyfriend and I went to Portland, Maine, for the primary time and located a bar actually full of tchotchkes. Marie would hate it—however I find it irresistible. I like trying on the string of retro lunchboxes, hoping to seek out one I acknowledge from my childhood. I like strolling across the area and skimming all of the previous typewriters and mannequins as if I’m in a museum. Some would possibly discover the place ugly—and undoubtedly disorganized—however I’m all the time impressed by how a lot effort and time it will take to seek out all these things.

I don’t consider preserving your stuff and having an organized dwelling are mutually unique. So far as I’m involved, it’s attainable to prepare your mementos, and I attempt my finest to take action in my residence. The previous rose petals are collected in a trinket dish on my bookshelf, my theater tees are folded away with the remainder of my exercise garments and pajamas, and all these playing cards are saved in a Ziploc bag. And fortunately, my residence has loads of good storage that makes it attainable to pretend my solution to a seemingly minimalist area.

Might my dwelling be extra organized? Completely. Possibly Marie has some ideas up her sleeve that I can combine in my very own area. Maybe I ought to give the vertical fold a attempt—don’t fear, I’ll report again if I give it a shot.

However on the subject of cleaning my stuff, I’ve to disagree with you, Ms. Kondo. As a result of for me, cherishing my recollections is what sparks pleasure.

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