I had read enough reviews of The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up that I was a little nervous about reading it. Sure it had great reviews but I was concerned that it would be too New Agey/Hippie like for me to take seriously. But I didn’t find it to be that way at all. I really enjoyed Marie Kondo’s out look on tidying. Here are a few things that really spoke to me:
Tidy in the right order.
Marie says that there are only two tasks in decluttering – discarding and deciding where to put things. And the discarding must come first! I love how she simplified a task that almost everyone else complicates. De-cluttering doesn’t seem as overwhelming when you look at like that.
“I believe that tidying is a celebration, a special send-off for those things that will be departing from the house.” – Marie Kondo
Does this spark joy?
Also, Marie says that we should be choosing what we want to keep, not what we want to get rid of. This is such a simple concept but it completely changed the way I look at de-cluttering. Also, her criteria for choosing what you want to keep – does it spark joy? She says that if something doesn’t make you happy or bring you joy then you shouldn’t keep it.
At first, I didn’t see how this was possible. I mean, my toilet brush doesn’t spark joy when I look at it. Or my vacuum! Obviously I can’t get rid of items like that! But I when I thought about it some more, having a clean bathroom and clean floors makes me happy. So these items do still meet the “does it spark joy?” criteria.
De-clutter by Category, not place
Most organizational books will tell you to tackle one room at a time, but Marie says to discard by category instead. She gives you the order in which you should discard – clothes, books, papers, miscellaneous, and mementos. She says that this order is from the easiest category to the hardest. That way you will have plenty of practice knowing what brings you joy by the time you get to the sentimental items.
Every item has a role to play
One concept that I truly loved was that everything has a role to play. Example: that sweater that you bought but never wore was there to teach what you like and don’t like in regards to style. I can see how having that mind set will make it easier to let go of things.
Keep your storage simple
Marie has two rules in regard to storage: store all like items in the same place and don’t scatter storage space. The purpose of this is to keep storage simple so that you always know exactly what you have at all times.
After reading The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, I am excited to start the tidying process! I want to have a calm and peaceful home where I am surrounded by things that I love and enjoy.
“Everyone needs a sanctuary.” – Marie Kondo
What about you? Have you read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up? What parts spoke the most to you? Have your started the process yet? How is it going? Let me know in the comments!