Marie Kondo and the Magical Art of Moving Forward

Those of you who know me well will know 2 things about me:

1.     I’m a creative and so therefore messy. And I don’t mean just any old messy…I mean really bad! I mean clothes on the bed, the end of the bed, hanging off doorknobs and a closet on the floor. You may not think that creative and messy go hand in hand, and you are entitled to your opinion, but that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.

 

2.     I’m in a constant battle to create order…I have books on paper flow, workflow, tidying up, tipping points, minimising…I’ve read them all…embraced the ides and then gone back to my old ways. I was in a bookshop the other day and I flicked through a book on “Swedish death cleaning”...it’s the idea that you go out with as much as you came in with…nothing! So you don’t leave behind a horrendous task for the next generation…having done my in-laws house, I think that’s a jolly good idea!

 

So the Marie Kondo method and the Margareta Magnusson method have a shared underlying philosophy that if you have less stuff to deal with, you can spend more time doing the things you love to do, and less time maintaining and managing your stuff.

 

A friend from church, Andrew Yuen is an interior designer and he challenged me to move the towering 4 drawer filing cabinet of art supplies out of my studio…deadline 5pm today! So, of course, I am procrastinating… but actually I’m nearly done. It has been such a great exercise to ask myself if I see these things in my future and if not…in the bin, or FB marketplace. A very satisfying process!

 

But what to do with my new-found freedom? It seems I can now have a life! I have prospective clients to contact, posts to write…people to connect with…I’m already loving 2019, and looking forward to helping stressed out teachers craft a good exit strategy out of teaching and into (to quote Seth Godin) a life they don’t need to escape from. And me too!