Does it spark joy?

Marie Kondo is stalking me.

I keep bumping into the author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up online and in real life.

Someone mentioned her during lunch this past week. I read an article about other Netflix shows I could watch if I liked Tidying Up With Marie Kondo. The CBC featured book lovers who hate her philosophy. Why? Because it suggests people should only keep books that make them happy. Marie Kondo is huge and it’s because of Netflix.

I read her book a few years ago. Kondo believes that tidy life is a happy life. She offers tidying techniques, including a way to fold t-shirts that I now use. Her philosophy is rooted in the notion that people should ditch things that no longer spark joy in their lives.

It’s a great approach. I’ve been on a minimalism kick for a few years now. But Kondo’s method put things in perspective. Since I couldn’t escape her, I decided to do some purging this week.

Here’s a quick list of things that no longer spark joy in my life:

  • Photos of certain ex-girlfriends
  • A huge stack of photo negatives
  • James Patterson’s Along Came a Spider
  • My daughter’s lesser artwork from daycare (Sorry Zadie)

And here’s a quick list of things that still spark joy:

  • 4×6″ photos from high school, university and my mid-twenties (before photos went digital)
  • Ticket stubs from concerts and Blue Jays games with my dad
  • Notes and letters from friends (especially the ones from my wife)
  • Published copies of my articles
  • Old journals, poems and notebooks
  • The ultrasound photo that says, “Hi Mom and Dad”

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