n her first photographs in the 1970s, Laurie Simmons created Walking House. It was meant to evoke feelings about attachments that women had to things in their life.

While a house could bring stability and connote positive images around family, it could also make women feel burdened by the female tasks that restricted their freedoms.

Marie Kondo, Laurie Simmons, Woman House, joy, organization, clutter

We’ve obviously come a long way since Simmons’ first depiction.  Although, in some ways, houses still constrain many of us.   Keeping them organized, clean and a place of respite can sometimes suck the joy out of owning a home.

A home should be our personal sanctuary where we are free to express our selves and enjoy our free time.  So why are so many of us unhappy at home?

Maybe it’s because we have so much stuff and can’t make room for joy at home.  Research shows we are a generation of mass consumers gobbling up clothes, information sound bites, products of all kinds and anything that gives us a feeling of ?   Good question, what?

Yesterday, writer Denise Benson introduced us to the magic of Marie Kondo and the joy Marie wants everyone to experience in In Marie Kondo Wants to Spark Your Joy.

Kondo’s joy comes from a most unexpected place –  a tidy drawer, a well-organized close and spaces that make room for a clear mind.

It’s all part of Kondo’s life mission, and she’s forged a skyrocketing career around the principles from her book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.

Today, we go deeper and show you some of the simple, space-saving approaches she suggests for getting and staying organized.  We all know what it’s like to organize a messy closet or a room only to find over time that we’ve slipped back into old habits.  It’s daunting to reorganize the contents all over again because we don’t really have a system for keeping everything in its place.

There’s an easy answer to this problem, according to Kondo:

“Clutter is caused by a failure to return things to where they belong.  Storage should reduce the effort needed to put things away, NOT the effort needed to get them out.”

Her method is very simple and once you organize your space, you are done for life.  No slipping back into an unorganized state because there is a place for everything.  But to achieve this joyful state of bliss, Kondo shows us the two main causes of clutter:  we spend too much effort putting things away or it’s unclear where things belong.

I love that Kondo has made her unusual passion into a successful and unique business.  Her 3-month plus waiting list for her services is an indication of the need we have for de-cluttering our homes.  Because our object-based society has become obsessed with freeing ourselves from the confines of our accumulated stuff and Marie Kondo is doing just that!

In the video below, Kondo shares more about her philosophy and techniques.  The amount of space you save using it is truly surprising!  I challenge you to consider organizing the things in one of your personal spaces and see if it brings you a sense of freedom and joy.  We’ll share alternative ideas for organizing all week long.  So take time for you and declutter for a more joyful life.

Marie Kondo, Laurie Simmons, Woman House, joy, organization, clutter
Denise Benson

Author Denise Benson

Denise Benson is a photographer, creative writer and traveler. Discovering new ideas, people, places and cultures is a lifelong passion, which Denise enjoys sharing with her readers using her unique perspective as a photographic storyteller. An avid sailor, she and her husband Brian have sailed 10,000 blue water miles exploring the South Pacific. Along with sailing, she enjoys travel, food & wine, books and nature related activities, including napping on the fore-deck of her boat, Moonstone.

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