Marie Kondo explains in her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing that all the emotion you can bring to the problem will help you get a clear picture of what type of environment you want to live in.
Kondo’s method of organizing is known as the “KonMari” method, and consists of gathering all of one’s belongings, one category at a time, and then keeping only those things that “spark joy”. Your heard it, spark JOY. In our consuming-crazed society some of us amass tons of stuff, a lot of it valuable, and not all of it makes us feel good. This can remind us of things we need to get past, unfortunate relationships, old jobs we’d rather forget, relatives we’d rather forget and worse yet, it becomes an ongoing battle to find places to put everything…I mean you don’t want to look at the stuff. Not joyful. This goes for your valuables too, things we’re even less likely to part with. For example, that engagement ring from your first marriage?
Let’s focus on this: Determine what “sparks joy”.
If you focus on only on the things that continue to make you happy, it will become breathtakingly clear what has to go. Do you smile when you look at it? Does it sparks a positive memory? Is it something you use often? Pick it up, touch it, if you hesitate for a moment, set it aside. Remember, we’re in “emotion land” now. Thinking rationally about your possessions is what got you in this situation in the first place.
But what if its valuable? Good question. The answer? Transform it into something positive. Nothing makes a negative feeling about an object go away faster than getting money for it. You’ve got lots of options for liquidating the negative items too: eBay, Craigslist, apps like Letgo, Offerup to name a few.
There is another option, Pawngo. If you think you have something of real value that doesn’t make you happy but you don’t want to sell, get a quote from us. Our experts can tell you if you’re sitting on something of real value. There’s even better news: You’re not selling it! What you’re getting is a line of credit you can start use within 24 hours. The collateral stays safely in our secure storage facility. We’ll deal with the negative vibes, you can use the money to take a spa vacation. Talking about giving something a positive spin.
One other note, we do not accept in-laws, spouses or ungrateful children. Grandma’s unattractive sterling silver candelabra? You’re on the right track.