The purge: Cleaning up before moving on

Japanese organizational expert Marie Kondo.

Japanese organizational expert Marie Kondo.

(Seth Wenig / AP)

I am on the move again. In the 18 years I’ve lived in San Diego, I have resided in eight places and in February I will be moving to my ninth home (that averages out to a new home every other year).

Each move acts as an opportunity to let go not just of the place I’ve called home, but of some of the things that filled it. And, while it’s tough, after all is said and done, it really does feel good. It helps provide even more of a fresh start in the new place.

And it seems I’m not the only one jumping on the cleanup train these days. People cannot stop talking about the recently released Netflix show Tidying Up with Marie Kondo which features the Japanese consultant and organization master that helps people straighten up their lives.

Kondo employs what she calls the KonMari Method which systematically has people going through their stuff and getting rid of everything that does not spark joy.

At the end of the day, in both the show and as I work toward finding joy in the stuff I own, is the realization that more important than things are experiences and shared moments in time with friends and family.

And, with that said, dear reader, it’s a good thing this month’s magazine is filled with all sorts of great activities around San Diego. Of the events I have on my calendar thus far, you’ll find me at the Justin Timberlake concert on Feb. 21, grabbing a cold one at the newly opened Gravity Heights in Sorrento Valley, dining at Fort Oak in Mission Hills and exploring the Groundbreaking Girls exhibition at the Women’s Museum of California.

Stay organized, San Diego.


Leslie Hackett