What KonMari is really teaching everyone
Marie Kondo is the author of “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.” In 2019, her reality show at Netflix went viral and sparked #konverts. Although Marie is not a Christian, she gives the best advice when it comes to “Tidying Up” your home. Her idea of a simplistic life is an attribute of early Christians (1 Timothy 6:6-7).
“Spark of Joy”
In one of Marie Kondo’s Tidying Up episodes, she goes to a house filled with a lot of stuff. She first goes to the closet and asks the owners to dump all the clothes in one area. The objective was for them to feel overwhelmed by the number of possessions they have and realize the need to let go. The same strategy was used with paper documents, books, and decorations. Lastly was the purging of the “Komono,” referring to miscellaneous stuff in the bathroom, kitchen, and garage.
What was difficult to let go were sentimental things. Would you really want to get rid of them? I wouldn’t, but “KonMari” demonstrates for us an intrinsic Japanese ideology, “shibui.” It’s a subtle, and unobtrusive beauty which is only possible when we let go and keep only things that matter most. She gave a simple formula that helps a person let go of old photographs or mementos. “Does it give you a spark of joy,?” Marie is actually teaching a very important Biblical principle.
Marie Kondo’s simple tip is helping people become less-materialistic
Hoarding is considered a disorder and the numbers are growing because families invest in the wrong things. Instead of gadgets or fashion, parents should spend more on family vacations. We should teach kids by example that we don’t need a lot of things to be happy.
Marie Kondo gives the best advice when purging something that’s difficult to let go, pick the ones that spark the happiest memories. Point is, Marie Kondo is helping us to be less materialistic. We must set our minds on things above, not on earthly things (Colossians 3:2).
Marie Kondo is helping us to be less materialistic
It’s not only things we should purge
A person who finds it difficult to let go of a painful past or forgive will eventually suffer from it. Consequently, unforgiveness can destroy whatever spark of joy is left. Likewise, if something you own reminds you of a painful memory, sin, or grudge, why keep it? Keep friends and get rid of enemies by winning them. There is a time to keep, but there is also a time to throw away (Ecclesiastes 3:6).