Here on the east coast we’ve had quite a bit of snow in the past few days! I appreciated the mandated pause it gave me in life, and it also gave me some time to make progress in my Konmarie journey. If your first thought is, “what in the world is that?” I have a great book to share with you! It’s called the Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.
I remember hearing about this book and thinking, “Really? We need help knowing how to tidy up?” But a cursory glance around my living room and kitchen was evidence enough that I could possibly benefit from such a book!
I enjoy reading organizational blogs and articles, so I was skeptical that I would learn something new, but I was pleasantly surprised! Marie Kondo, the author, takes you through the Japanese art of decluttering your life. However, instead of the usual clean out one drawer/box a day, or remove an item from your life each day, the Konmarie method has you focus on what brings you JOY each day. What an interesting concept!
Instead of going through my items and wondering how valuable it is to me, how useful it is, etc. I just have to ask one question, does it bring me joy? (There are some items…think toilet brush, etc.! that may not bring a leap of joy or a bright smile to your face when you see them, but they are functional and worth keeping).
However, this method of tidying gives you the permission you may need to get rid of clothes from college, or high school trophies, or whatever else you may be hanging on to “just in case.”
You’ll want to get the book (it’s a short, easy read) for the exact method Marie Kondo outlines. And with everything, feel free to take what you can use and leave what you don’t want! This isn’t a fast process, but once you have cleaned out the things that don’t bring you joy, you are left with less stuff, but it is all high-quality, joy-producing items that will make your home more spacious, less cluttered, and the sanctuary you desire.
Have you read the book? If not, you can check your local library or get it here for about $10. I’d love to hear your thoughts after you read it! What area are you most excited about cleaning out? Or what area do you think will be tough to let go of some things that are cluttering and distracting you from finding joy in your life?