I have an issue with the whole Marie Kondo Tidying Up method.
If you're not familiar with it (and have been living under a rock), she urges us to get rid of personal items that don't spark joy in an effort to make our lives better.
Marie has written several books and now has a Netflix show helping people tidy up their lives.
One way of tidying up is putting everything you own into a giant pile then going through it one by one and asking yourself if items spark joy. If it does, you get to keep it. If not, you let it go by thanking the item and placing it in a garbage or donation pile.
I love the act of tiding up. I love that it can bring clarity to your life and help you focus on what's more important and what's not (stuff). Personally, I find that I can be more productive when I'm in a space that's simple and clean. Otherwise I tend to get distracted and find it hard to focus. Most of my friends and family consider me a neat freak and a minimalist. I also frequently go through my belongings and get rid of stuff that I'm not using.
What I don't love about Marie Kondo's approach is asking yourself if something sparks joy in that moment neglects the fact that it could someday spark joy. I feel like this method if relying on the fact that who we are today will be who we are tomorrow, and I don't believe that to be true. I believe in a growth mindset. I believe that we have opportunities all the way up until our last breath on this planet to make decisions, to choose our path. Kondo is asking you to make that decision today.
Perhaps I would like it better if the question was phrased as "Could this spark joy in the future based on who I want to become?"
Maybe I'm just a tidy hoarder.