The last time I moved, my rooms were filled to the ceiling with boxes. I felt weighed down, both literally and spiritually. "How can I feel free to pick up and move — to a better city, to a better house — if I'm surrounded by all this STUFF?" I wondered.
Enter Marie Kondo, the Supernanny of tidying. A cleaning consultant in Tokyo, she spends her days helping clients lighten their load —literally. When I discovered her guide The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, I realized I had been going about decluttering all wrong.
By following her strategy, I managed to donate, recycle, and discard so many bursting bags that I lost count. In the spirit of helping others crawl out from under the clutter of our overly commodified lifestyle, here are 10 tips that helped me the most.