“We want to feel safe, we want to feel comfortable, we want to feel protected and taken care of – stuff can act like a literal cocoon,”
she told the BBC.
Familiar stuff is comforting and provides a feeling of protection and security. We value our family photos, the quilts grandma made, the rugs we brought back from a trip overseas, the crayon drawings of our kindergartner.
For many of us, our “mess” has helped to give us a sense of normalcy and comfort through the pandemic.
Marie Kondo’s guiding principle to only keep what “sparks joy” is actually not that far off from the maximalism motto of surrounding yourself with items of meaning and arranging it all in an intentional way. The latter is just a whole lot more relaxed and doesn’t turn its nose down on putting things in storage.
#Cluttercore is arguably also a more Catholic way to live. The material world is a gift from God. We are embodied beings who experience goodness, truth and beauty through our senses. The items we surround ourselves with affect our mood, our energy, and our well-being.
Our homes are meant to be places of nurture and formation, for creating memories, resting and healing, and offering hospitality to others.
So it’s worth thinking about how we can make our homes into havens that meet our family’s needs, and that reflect who we are and the values we hold dear.
Our guiding principle is perhaps not merely what sparks joy, but also what nurtures our souls and allows us to love others.
So if you prefer simpler interiors and uncluttered rooms, that’s great, but if you’ve got piles of papers on side tables, and rugs that don’t match your walls, the era of #cluttercore is your time to shine.