Spark Joy in Your Financial House
Marie Kondo is an organization guru.
Her “KonMari” method of organizing and her best-selling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up sparked a revolution in keeping homes clear of clutter. Kondo’s rule of thumb: Keep only what “sparks joy,” get rid of everything else, and have a designated place for every item brought into the home.
This may work well to clear out those old sneakers you never wear anymore or that tennis racket from 1983 that still looks brand-new (we all know you really intended to take those lessons), but you may end up reaching for the ibuprofen once you hit that unorganized stack of financial documents! A pile of paper may not spark the same joy that your grandmother’s china set or your kid’s childhood art might, but they still need to be kept on hand. And keeping them well-organized could save you hours of anxious searching and help preserve your peace of mind in emergency financial situations.
Getting your financial house in order isn’t an easy task to accomplish on your own. (Does a shoebox stuffed full of financial papers sound familiar?) It might be tough, but it will be worth it. Examining your current financial situation includes getting all of those documents in order and filing them away where they can be easily found when needed. And who knows, once it’s done, that freshly organized stack might spark a little more joy in your home.
Source: Martha Stewart: “KonMari – How to Clean Up Your Home Once and Never Need to Do It Again.” 3.20.2015