I've recently uncluttered my life and it's magical. I donated several large bags of perfectly good clothing. Shoes that were in tip-top shape. Dress shirts that were custom made. Old photographs that never made it into frames.

Objects I had held onto for no reason.They all had one very important thing in common. None of them gave me joy.

I know this because I took my time sorting through them. It shocked me how attached I felt to inanimate objects. "Oh this poor shirt," I thought. "I haven't worn it in years and I spent so much money on it."

It was the same sentiment that had me holding onto all those objects for so many years. Bogging down my life, and making me unhappy about the clutter in my life.

A month ago I would have held onto those perfectly good articles of clothing. A month ago I would have also obsessed over them. After all, it was these objects that I had spent my hard earned money on.

These were the symbols of my success. The custom made suits, the wing tip shoes. But it was also these objects that were cluttering my home. Suffocating me, and my family.

Like many of you, I had attempted tidying up, but all serious efforts failed. I couldn't crack the code. That's until I read The-Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.

Kondo shares the simple little question that changed my life. When contemplating keeping an object or discarding it, ask yourself a question.

Does this object bring me joy?

Days after reading Kondo's book, I stumbled upon a Netflix Documentary. It's titled Minimalism: A Documentary About The Important Things. The documentary was created by two friends Ryan Nicodemus and Joshua Fields Millburn. I'm hooked on minimalism and attempting to apply the principles to my life.

Pinned to the top of their Twitter account is a powerful idea. It's an idea which has the power to make you happier. Right now. I know, because it's made me happier.

The powerful idea that can make you happy right now states:

"Love people, use things. The opposite never works."