The Excess of Less
Ester Bloom

I’ve enjoyed doing the KonMari thing and I recommend it pretty highly, but it definitely did occur to me that some aspects of it, shall we say, assume a certain level of prosperity.

KonMari says to err on the side of throwing something out — if you discover you really did need it after all, you can buy another one. Um, maybe, maybe not?

KonMari says to replace dull but necessary items with ones that fill the necessity but also bring you joy — prettier silverware, cuter clothes, etc. Yeah, everyone can afford to do that.

KonMari says to throw out instruction manuals for electronics and such— on the slim chance that you ever actually need them, you can look it up online, and admit it, that’s almost certainly what you would do anyway rather than track down the manual. She’s entirely correct, but this line of thinking does assume I have easy and convenient internet access.

KonMari says don’t buy anything to begin with unless it brings you joy. But you know, I probably can’t afford the car, the microwave, or maybe even the shoes that would actually bring me joy. Sometimes you need a thing and you have to make do with the one you can get, rather than the one you want.

(Seriously, though, get rid of those hand-me-down clothes you’ve never actually liked. She’s so right about that part. GET RID OF THEM.)

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