Although the key end goal of tidying your house is clearly to have a more organized, mess-free lifestyle, the current KonMari decluttering craze is keen to stress that tidy homes actually bring positive repercussions outside the kitchen and living room.
Japanese tidying consultant Marie Kondo’s best-selling books The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy discuss in depth the joyful side effects a "tidying festival" can bring. Marie writes about how tidying has helped past clients find purpose, gain confidence, become happier, and even reduce anxiety. But there’s one other quality that is perhaps less explicitly stated in her books — thankfulness.
By confronting your possessions and determining which items "spark joy" and which don’t, you’re not just tidying but also cultivating a sense of gratefulness and fulfillment for the lifestyle you lead. Here are four ways Marie Kondo’s KonMari Method promotes gratitude: