Have you read this book? If you haven’t read it, I’m guessing you at least have heard of it. It has been on the bestseller list for ages. And with a title like The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, you may be scratching your head as to why. Why would a book about cleaning be on the bestseller list? At least that is what I thought until I read it. Then I understood its brilliance.
This book by Marie Kondo, is based on her Japanese philosophies and she has developed a method to decluttering called the KonMarie method. Now I must say, some things in this book seem a bit extreme or are outside of my comfort zone (I won’t be thanking my clothes for their service any time soon.) however, I picked up 5 definite truths that have already started to help me get things under control in my home and in my head.
1. Choose one category at a time. I love this idea! And the KonMarie method lays in all out for you. Clothes first, sentimental items last. So yes, I started with clothes. And that purge was so refreshing. That leads me to #2.
2. Complete purging and tidying that category all at once. I didn’t do a little in my closet and then a little in my dresser, etc. I did a full on purge, as instructed. I took out my entire closet and dresser, dumped it on my bed and made 3 piles. Keep, donate, undecided. Let me just tell you, I took 2 FULL lawn sized garbage bags to Goodwill. And I completed the entire purge in under 2 hours.
3. Only keep what brings you joy. This one really resonated with me. Especially with clothing and home decor. Why was I hanging on to a mint green sweater with a hole in the sleeve when I hate mint green and there was a hole in the sleeve? It didn’t bring me joy at all. Toss it! And that is the question I asked each time I came across something I was unsure of “Does it bring me joy?” If the answer was no, I got rid of it.
4. Turn it into habit. It takes a little while, but try to make tidying automatic. Once you tidy your closet, keep it that way. Once you purge all of your papers and books, don’t acquire new ones. (My library card has gotten a lot of use!) Don’t just plop things down and leave them there. Put them in their proper place. It’s just that simple but it does take effort at first.
5. Be thankful for what you have. So many of us have a tendency to want more. But what we should really do is be thankful for what we have, take care of it, make space for it. This last bit is what really changed my way of thinking. I mean, looking at less clutter really helped me to quiet my mind, but being thankful put me into a more positive space too.
It really is the proper title for this book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. You can purchase your copy here.