Did you read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo? I read it when it came out and, although I can’t claim that my home is as clutter-free and organized as Ms. Kondo’s (nor that I take everything out of my purse each night, thank it, put it in a box under the bed and then take it out again the next morning — OK some of it’s a bit extreme), her philosophy and techniques are balm for my Taurus Moon.
She now has a series on Netflix and, OK, I admit, I literally binged this one.
As Chas Clifton has noted, Ms. Kondo is an animist. Her show makes this even more clear. She begins the segments by asking the homeowners if she can greet their home. She then finds the right spot in the house and spends several minutes communicating with the house. (I talk to my house every morning — am I the only Witch who does this?) It’s amazing to watch “average” California residents either participating in this with her or, at least, sitting very respectfully while this happens. She recommends, for example, that people take all of their books (yeah, don’t get between me and my books or my Hermes scarves, but, sure, we can talk about going through my linen closet) and put them in a pile so that they can decide which they want to keep (those that “spark joy,” which means, those that make their cells sing) and those they want to donate. Once the books are in a pile, she recommends tapping them gently to wake them up. I’ve seen Orion Foxwood recommend breathing on herbs and other spell ingredients in order to wake them up. It’s magic. When deciding to discard anything (and her show could do a better job of making clear that there are good ways to discard things, although a few people in the show take items to a charity, but, hey, your local library will take books!) Ms. Kondo recommends thanking the item and saying goodbye to it. And, she does a lovely segment on clearing the air in a room: you can use a tone, a scent, a candle, incense, etc.
This year is going to be a big purge year for me, even though I probably own less than most Americans (wait until you see how many clothes some of these people have!) and Marie Kondo is my inspiration.