Minimalism Ki Maa Ki ***! Why It’s Impossible for Middle-Class Indians to Declutter

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Minimalism Ki Maa Ki ***! Why It’s Impossible for Middle-Class Indians to Declutter

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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arie Kondo will be pleased to know that I haven’t seen her latest show Tidying Up, because deactivating Netflix was my 2019 resolution to declutter. But even though I’ve skipped the show that’s “sparking joy” in the lives of millions of people, I understand the life credo it comes from. Minimalism. In other words, cutting out the bullshit.  

The idea of a decluttering first appealed to me when I read Fumio Sasaki. In his book, Goodbye Things, on Minimalist Living, Sasaki talks about minimalism as a way of enhancing the quality of life, which he thought has severely deteriorated because of the importance that material objects hold in our lives. Armed with his new idea and ever ready to adopt a new fad, I decided to approach my mother with it.

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