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  • I have not read the book, but I read enough commentary about the book to have picked up on the “spark joy” philosophy. I am a highly messy packrat who needs everything in plain sight or I will forget about it. Something about that question, “Does it spark joy?” really hit me where I live. Asking that question makes it immediately apparent to me whether an object should stay or go. It also allows me to to keep treasured things that may have outlived their apparent usefulness but they still spark joy. Turns out most of the stuff in my basement is totally joyless – who knew?? I’m also a rather ADD messy packrat, so the spirit of Kon Marie comes and goes, but it has totally changed my life in terms of letting go, And as a person who tends to anthropomorphize everything (each year I have a hard time buying a Christmas tree because although I want the lush, green, fully needled one, my heart is tugged by the little spindly one whom no one will buy), I have no problem thanking my purse for it’s years of service. It makes letting go a little bit easier.