That Jolt of Joy

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Yes, I got hooked on Marie Kondo.

When I suddenly realized I had finished the Tidying Up season (there are only 6 episodes, so it wasn’t hard), I felt an immediate sense of dread.

While watching, I felt like I was learning, and then when there was nothing more to watch, I guess I knew it was time to get my butt off the couch and actually organize something myself.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love to organize. Nothing makes me happier than looking at a closet door and knowing that right behind it is just what I need, nothing more—and that I can find whatever I need whenever I need it.

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But this does not mean that all my closets are ready to be featured on Netflix—especially recently.

Since moving, it’s been a struggle just to get the right item in the right room. The organizing part is definitely coming last.

And usually when I move, I make an effort to go through my items and only pack what I want to keep.

But since we threw twins into the mix this move, that didn’t happen.

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I also want to keep a promise I made to myself that just because we have more space now doesn’t mean I need to have more stuff.

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And as I thought about this challenge and looked around my closest, I knew there was more than one thing that hadn’t seen the light of day in more than a year.

I decided to take on Marie Kondo’s theory of only keeping what “sparks joy.”

If you are not familiar with this concept, Marie tells you to hold an item and see if it gives you a little jolt of energy—a little joy.

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So I started holding things…

Few things were giving me that jolt—which concerned me because I didn’t want to suddenly have no clothes.

But then I thought,

Am I even wearing these clothes?

When is the last time I wore that sweater or blazer?

The answer, for the most part, was that I definitely hadn’t worn a lot of my clothes in more than a year.

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In fact, I realized a lot of the clothes I had were things I wore on Food Network Star—which meant they were more than five years old.

And in many cases I hadn’t worn them in as many years.

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I also started to think over why it is that we always tend to grab the newest item in our closets…

To satisfy my itch for new things, I started renting clothes a while back. Which means I wear even less of the clothes in my closet.

So why am I hanging on to so many?

Yes, it’s good to have some basics to layer with my rented pieces, and a selection of pants is always good. But these items make up a fraction of my closet.

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With all this in mind, I started being ruthless. I picked up an item and if I wasn’t excited about it, I threw it in my donation box.

In the end it was a good Round One.

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The bottom line is, if it’s doesn’t spark joy, I’m not going to feel joy wearing it.

And for me at least, I’m affected by my clothing. If I’m excited about what I’m wearing, I feel more confident.

So why am I hanging on to the clothes than make me feel...meh?!

What if everything I owned sparked joy!?


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