KonMari letting go series:
Sentimental Item #4 Marimo moss ball ๐ŸŒณ

When I was a rebellious highschool girl in Japan, I skipped out on an overnight field trip. I could not be bothered to go on a group trip. ๐ŸšŒ

My best friends missed me and brought me back a couple of Marimo moss balls. They are cute little green plants in the water, in a Sesame Street, Big Bird container. I was so touched by their gesture, I had no idea I would be so missed. ๐Ÿ˜ข

I think they became more special because I ended up moving to the US right after that, before I finished highschool in Japan. This time I would be going for good so it became a symbol of our friendship on those days when I was struggling in the new culture and language, in a new country. ๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿ‘ญ

Everytime I moved, I took it with me. It was very low maintenance, I only added water once in a while and there was nothing else to do. But then at some point, it was not a circular ball anymore. It became this yellow mushy thing and I was not sure if it was still alive. ๐Ÿค”

I ignored it for a long time and just did not look inside of the jar. Because it meant so much to me, I just kept it. I even kept it when I did my KonMari tidying festival although it was not sparking joy 100%. โœจ

When I was moving last year, I had to ask myself this question.
If I am being honest, is it going to spark joy at my new apartment?
No ๐Ÿ™…๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ
Is it going to represent who I am becoming in my new life?
No ๐Ÿ™…๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ
As much as I was resistant about saying good-bye after 28 years, I knew what I needed to do. ๐Ÿ‘‹

I did a little special ceremony, sent lots of gratitude, and sent it back to nature out of a glass jar. ๐Ÿ€๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฑ

Sentimental items are generally the hardest to say good-bye to. ๐Ÿ˜ญ

One of the ways you can overcome this struggle is to visualize who you desire to be and what your ideal lifestyle is. In that situation, does that item still spark joy for you? ๐Ÿ’ซ