Last summer, I had resolved to do some soul-searching and realized that some of the reason I was feeling stagnant was because of the chaos around me. No, not from my darling children; from the clutter around my home.
You know you’ve been there. Maybe you are looking around your own space right now thinking, “This place could use some straightening up. Maybe next weekend…”
The problem is, next weekend will come and go and you’ll still be sitting in the same space, with the same clutter.
While it’s hard to find the time to take on the job of overhauling your stuff, it’s one of THE most rewarding things you can do for yourself. Let me tell you how I got started…
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How my de-cluttering mission began
First, I scowered Pinterest for any blog post, article, or image that could solve my clutter problem. I came across suggestions for pretty baskets to house my linens, cubby systems for children’s toys, spice racks for my kitchen (You can follow my “Get Organized” Pinterest board here). You name your overflowing space, Pinterest has a solution to organize it! The problem was, I’d have to buy a product for each and every space, which was turning into hours of online shopping and causing my wallet to start to sweat.
Fortunately, one of my Pinterest finds was Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Have you heard of it? If not, the title is not entirely hyperbole–it may not be magic, but it really is life-changing.
I know what you are thinking:
- How can cleaning change my life?
- If I had the time to read a book about cleaning, I would just clean!
I thought the same things, but after checking out the Amazon reviews on Kondo’s book, I decided to give it a try. What did I have to lose?!
Why it’s “magic” to de-clutter
The “magic” behind this book is not that it teaches you how to clean; rather it teaches you how to find happiness. Living in a home with a place for everything and everything in it’s place, leads to a clear mind and better outlook–especially if you have kids!
After understanding the Konmari method you will no longer see overstuffed drawers and cabinets that won’t close, toys spilling out of bins, various items all over your countertops. It teaches you to survey your things with a critical eye because there is no sense in organizing clutter. You must get rid of the things you don’t need, first!
What I especially loved about this book is that it cuts through the BS you keep telling yourself. You know what I mean: Next time I drive near the shoemaker, I’ll get these heels repaired. I just need to sew on a button and I can wear this jacket again. What if I get invited on a hiking trip throughout Europe? I’ll DEFINITELY need these triple-thick wool socks!
Be realistic. If you really valued these items, they would have been repaired by now. The things you need are in a constant rotation in your wardrobe. Everything else, is the stuff you purge.
The bottom line
This book dishes out the tough love you need to hear, and it covers everything from what to do with sentimental items to how you should organize your entryway for maximum efficiency and overall neatness. It offers the motivation you need to get your house clean and your mind clear–which are worth much more than the price of this book!
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