Our society has been increasingly aware of mental health over the last few years. It’s as though we all (well, some) got our bodies toned and fit, then realized we still didn’t feel in great shape. Enter a new focus on our mental state.
At the same time, we were all downsizing our obligations. No more work responsibilities, thank you anyway. Low maintenance cars, low maintenance friends, low maintenance meals all came into vogue. Homes were a part of that, as tiny homes became popular and we simply wanted less.
Now, pay attention, because here’s where the mash-up happened. You put small homes, fewer obligations, and a need for mental health together and what do you get? Apparently, Marie Kondo.
Want to make room for something new in your life? You have to get rid of the old. Wondering why you are mildly depressed and can’t sleep? Have you looked at the mess in your bedroom—hang your clothes up, for pity’s sake! Or, do what many are reportedly doing, and pull out the trash bag and the donation box, because if you don’t love it, you don’t need it.
It’s not only the idea of “Kondoing” that is taking off, although her Netflix series is certainly an inspiring place to start. It also includes other means of decluttering your life.
For example, a new app called “Clutter” recently received $200 million in funding, all to help people move their stuff. While it doesn’t dispose of anything in true Kondo fashion, it offers an “out of sight, out of mind” approach. It’s an on-demand storage company that takes your items, assuming you live in one of its serviced cities (for now, San Francisco, LA, Seattle, New York, and Chicago) and stores them for you.
The pundits do seem to agree that clutter can contribute to depression, perhaps because it is a sign of procrastination, and procrastination sometimes comes without a sense of purpose. But now we’re into playing amateur psychologist, so how about you just read this.
The idea is definitely one weighing on the minds of Baby Boomers, who realize their kids don’t want their leftovers. Someone related to me recently that as she cleans her house these days, she looks at cherished items, and pictures her children throwing them away. If she is appalled at the idea, she’s keeping it (for now). If she has even an inkling that they are making the right choice, she is getting rid of it herself.
So, while we’re all jumping on the CBD, oat milk, probiotic, and turmeric bandwagon for our physical heath, consider your mental health and wellbeing, too, and get rid of some stuff.
Before your children step in.
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