Stuff Reduction Monday


There’s always the garbage bag shot. In Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, the Netflix series starring the Japanese decluttering expert turned bestselling author, there’s always at least one lingering shot of trash. Glossy plastic bags, bulging with rubbish and stacked precariously. The more bags, the better – one of the couples featured estimated they chucked out 150 full bags.

There the bags are, neatly tied up and ready to disappear, leaving the tidiers happier, healthier and relieved of all the crap they’ve been lugging around for years. It’s the shot that screams: Success! You’ve been Kondo-d! Your life is about to get infinitely better!

And it’s the shot that illustrates the problem we all have with wastefulness – which Kondo is not helping.

A few years ago I followed the KonMari method, the step-by-step decluttering guide laid out in Kondo’s bestselling books. It’s pretty straightforward: go through each and every thing you own, category by category, hold it close to decide whether it “sparks joy”, then discard it if it doesn’t, or store it neatly if it does.

Those three days, spent in a summery New Year haze, were an exquisite marathon purge. Clothes that I didn’t love-love, unused kitchen gadgets, mismatched crockery, reams of old documentation and countless expired skincare products all went into heavy duty garbage bags. There were bags for the charity shops, bags for the rubbish dump and boxes of books for the second-hand bookstores. The more bags I filled, the more I patted myself on the back. Then I tidied and sorted and folded whatever was left. I even mastered the dark art of folding socks and underwear.

Alexandra Spring @ THE GUARDIAN

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20 Responses to Stuff Reduction Monday

  1. Micki says:

    Regarding computers…yes, Dr B is correct about the disease factor:

    forming names of inflammatory diseases.

    used with reference to a tendency or state of mind that is compared to a disease.






  2. Micki says:

    The aftershocks do make some people a little edgy…

    A 5.0 magnitude earthquake has rattled Alaska residents through the Anchorage area and beyond.

    There are no immediate reports of damage or injuries after Sunday morning’s earthquake.


  3. °¿º Carol says:

    OMG, that there is a TV show telling people how to unclutter their lives. Seriously? Most people live in an apartment, or a house, and see the shit lurking every, every damn day. It’s like quitting smoking, make up your mind that you want to quit and quit. OR clean up your domain.

    Over here, constantly on the defense of keeping my hovel neat, and uncluttered, is called “Carol-izing.” I think Doc coined that.

    Today’s main jobs were sweeping the bathroom and kitchen floors and shaking the rugs, outside, of course, then I vacuumed. I’m also making a pot of soup for the week. I also wrote checks for 5 bills. I’ll walk them out to the mailbox tomorrow. Too bad I didn’t do it right away. I just heard my mail lady, Suzie. Her muffler either fell off, or came apart Thursday and BOY is her car loud. Like most people, she probably lives paycheck to paycheck. Can’t wait to see how long it takes her to fix her car. I better write the date down.

    Back to the kitchen to finish up the soup and eat, already poured my glass of wine and put it out in the LR. Me, soup, glass of wine and MSNBC.


  4. David B. Benson says:

    Which papers share with the Daily Mail being untrustworthy Brit tabloids?


  5. David B. Benson says:

    Zimbabwe gasoline over $16/gallon.


  6. David B. Benson says:

    And then there’s
    Weekly World News
    for completely unreliable reports. Talk about Making Stuff Up.


  7. David B. Benson says:

    PG&E in bankruptcy. Will Den continue to have electricity?


  8. David B. Benson says:

    Standard 15 minutes to the Hillside Cafe while watching the unusual salmon clouds to the east. I suppose it’s a reflection from the stadium lights.


  9. David B. Benson says:

    After decades of having it wrong, I just learned that “fjell” means mountain in Norwegian.


    • David B. Benson says:

      So Trollheimsfjell is the site of The Hall of the Mountain King. Been on the road just below it. The baren valley ends in a most spectacular waterfall and a hairpin turn route down the cliff.


  10. Den says:



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