The Konmari Method

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It’s time to end the tyranny

of things.

 

All that’s gross

will be tossed.

Half the stuff

is enough.

 

Family members who tend to hoard

will be thrown overboard.

 

You’re allowed to destroy

all that fails to spark joy,

and you will have to drop

unrealistic expectations

while you conquer your space

and rebuild your foundations.

 

The clutter on show

is the source of your pain;

you must let it go

then you’ll breathe once again.

Spread it all on the floor

and consider its volume;

then imagine right there

a relaxing, clean vacuum.

 

The room’s in a jumble,

you’re going to stumble.

You’re feeling the urge

the closet to purge,

but please do not start

too near to your heart.

 

The meaningless clothes

will first leave the nook;

then off to the rows

of precious, dear books.

Then paper and bills;

by now you can safely

address your mementos

without grieving painfully.

 

Get rid of the mess

of goods in excess.

Recycle, donate

but don’t ruminate.

 

You need only do this

once and for all;

what’s left then is You,

your self-made Future,

the white canvas of a wall.

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