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Unpack the box. Unpack the weight.

Unpack the box. Unpack the weight.

Photo credit: Annie Spratt

Photo credit: Annie Spratt

As we gather the pile for the latest konmari category, my client asks me once again if we can skip this box and that container. "I know they contain ___."

She knows my answer. It is always a gentle refusal. We must unpack each box and container to know what is in it, to accurately categorize its contents for konmari.

The same is true of life. Post-konmari, you will likely be left with some wonderful lifestyle changes that benefit you in unpredictable ways.

Before konmari, I continually wavered about my gym workout. I usually decided to skip the workout and I made that decision while I was at home, in the car or at work. This meant I was using very little information. It also meant my judgment was clouded by the inconvenience of it all. Was it that I was having a bad knee day or was it because I just didn't want to bother suiting up and going to the gym in the first place? Deciding to favor the knee or back or whatever, I often found It was so much easier just to stay at home. I wasn't "unpacking the box" but instead was just guessing on how fit I was for a workout at that moment.

Now I insist on making my decision on a workout while I am already at the gym. I spend the first minutes of my workout in the stretching area. I test the knee and the back for flexibility in that moment. Usually, I find many of my "aches" simply mean I can alter my workout to accommodate it. As a result, I work out more often. I make better and more informed decisions. And all because I first tidied my home according to the konmari method.

Unpack those boxes. First do this with your things, then with your life. Find out what is really in them.

Photo credit: Lindsay Henwood

Photo credit: Lindsay Henwood

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