Ever since I read Marie Kondo’s book – Book Review #1/50 – The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying we have been on the de-cluttering journey. Her method does work ! We haven’t had cluttering as far as our clothes are concerned. Krishnan and I follow the simple philosophy of giving away more than or equal to what we add. So we indulge in buying clothes that we like but also give away, so the numbers remain in check always.
We did De-cluttering Continued – Clothes & Books which was essentially round 2. In July this year we finally got into round 3 …. our beloved collection of Harvard Business Review or HBR as the magazine is known. Krishnan has been collecting these since late 1980’s. They were prohibitively expensive in India till the digital revolution came about. We would go to the used book market in Daryaganj to buy HBRs there in the first few years of our moving to Delhi.
Now that we have access to the online copy, we didn’t have to store the print versions.
A 25 year collection of HBR was given away in a few minutes !! But yes it did empty out a whole underbed drawer. Not just HBR, we gave away a collection of several other magazine collections.
As we redesigned our home with Jyoti Verma’s help, we did a lot more de-cluttering and actually it has an emotional effect too – we feel unburdened. The problem with clutter is you need time to take care of soooooooo many things, that its exhausting. Clutter takes away time meant for more meaningful work.
You also realise that you need far fewer things to live a good life…. so learn to not clutter from the word go :). If you have already accumulated a lot of things, then de-clutter.