January Book Club: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
By now you’ve probably heard of Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. This Japanese method of decluttering and organizing your home can be a bit unorthodox at times, but if organization or minimalism is one of your goals for 2017, I highly recommend giving it a shot.
The “KonMari Method” consists of examining every item in your home, category by category, and only keeping the items that truly bring you joy. Seems fairly straightforward, but Kondo is ruthless when it comes to discarding items. She recommends getting rid of gifts, cards, and other items you may be keeping because of sentimental value or a sense of guilt, if they don’t fit your lifestyle or truly bring you joy. As you sort through your clothes, she recommends that you do not pass on your unwanted items to family members or friends, because you would only be adding to the clutter in their homes. She even advocates getting rid of most of your books. Gasp.
In addition to providing a method for discarding items that do not spark joy, Kondo presents techniques for organizing and storing the items you have decided to keep, including a specific method for folding clothes, suggesting that bottles and soaps not be stored in the shower, and even encouraging you to empty your purse at the end of each day (to let it rest).
I attempted to utilize the technique in this book last spring. While I was able to discard many items in my home (including 12 bags of clothes!), I found it much harder to implement her storage and organization methods. I’m going to go out on a limb and assume that Marie Kondo does not have an 18 month old tornado running rampant in her perfectly tidy home. All I’m saying is that when it comes to needing rest, my purse can get in line.
Since trying out The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up last year life got in the way and I’ve let things pile up. I’m excited to go through my clothes again and figure out which items I actually love, and which items I’m holding onto “just in case.” There’s definitely a sense of freedom and release that comes with letting things go. As an added bonus, you can sell all the items you’re getting rid of and put some extra cash in your pocket. Less clutter, more money… why not?
Has anyone tried this method? How did it work for you?