So, I am almost through with reading the book ‘The Magic of Tidying Up’ by Marie Kondo. The book speaks to how to put your space in order that will change your life. . . . yeah, for real.
I tidy up all the time, maddeningly. . . .but with a 13 month old, it just feels like the job is never done. The book, ‘The Magic of Tidying Up’ definitely helped me discover a new perspective on keeping a clean house. My friends and family can attest . . . that has always been a struggle for me.
This book really got to the heart of why keeping clutter around you is a negative way to live, no matter how many times you organize and reorganize. Using the method described in the book helps you really take stock of what you do or do not need in your home.
So, what is Marie Kondo’s KonMari Method?
- First step – Start by discarding, then organize. I mean women, I know you know what I mean, we can collect a lot of clothes, shoes, makeup, the list goes on. Even though the book title talks about tidying up. . . it starts with removing things. Like shoes, ladies. . . I just found this study that 8.2% of women in the US own more than 50 pairs of shoes. . . I’m not that bad -but I could stand to toss a few! Who needs that many?!
- Organizing – but organizing can’t be done without discarding first.
- It’s about conscious decisions. Kondo describes how to physically declutter your house, but you need the right mindset needed to stay tidy forever.
- It stresses tidying (decluttering) at once. . . don’t break this step down over days or weeks – one fell swoop and a ton of garbage bags will not only lighten your house, but your mind as well.
- Fahgettabout all this storage stuff. “Putting things away,” Kondo writes, “creates the illusion that the clutter problem has been solved.” Just toss it first, then organize. If you need to keep it, Kondo favors “ultimate simplicity” in storage. Items should be stored together, storage areas can’t be scattered, and stacks (of anything) are to be avoided. . . yeah, I’m trying to follow this one.
- Tidy by category, not location. Sorting through your clothes is good. Start with one thing, then another. Clothes first, then shoes, then books, etc. When discarding things should be done in order. Begin with clothes, followed by books, papers, miscellany, and mementos. Within those categories, there’s a further breakdown, for example, in the clothing category, you move from tops to bottoms, jackets, socks, and so on
- Don’t think about it as ‘throwing it away’, but thinking about what you really want to keep. Take each item, ask if it brings you joy – if not, throw it away. . . and as my stepmom says – take a picture of it, and let it go.
Now on to things I can’t really hop on board with. . . .
- This lady is big on folding – good for her. So, I’m sharing her values, but I tossed this one to the curb. . . who has time to fold three people’s laundry – not this chica.
- Kondo also advocates disposing of all papers, docs, books and photos. Sorry, no can do, lady. I love my books and my pictures 🙂 But, if you don’t have such an affection for yours – throw ’em out!
So, in all – good book. Good pointers, and good inspiration to start tearing through my closet 🙂 I’ll let you know how I’m doing in a few months. Wish me luck!