Computer fixed, I realized I was hooked on purging. Contrary to Kondo’s directive, I addressed only my closet. From blouses to black tie attire, I spent six hours holding every piece and contemplating how it made me feel. If it sparked joy, it stayed. If it didn’t, it was gone. I filled five bags of blouses, skirts, pants, suits, and pocketbooks to donate to a local charity.
As my husband helped me load the bags in my trunk, I realized both my modified decluttering technique and Kondo’s is very much like the essential rule of revision recommended for writers – when you write, you must be willing to cut your darlings. Words, when drafted, originally may have seemed beautiful, but often shouldn’t be kept in the final piece. When you revise, how do you make the determination whether your darling words spark joy in you or should be thanked and deleted?