I just finished reading this wonderful little book and am so excited about it, I wanted to share! The life-changing magic of tidying up, was really an encouragement to me.
Marie Kondo found an interest in cleaning and organizing from the time she was very young. She went on to start her own consulting business, where she has a 100% (!!) success rate of clients that continue to keep a clean and organized home.
There is so much invaluable information packed in, I completely fell in love with her style.
Don’t play pass the clutter.
One thing that really struck me was her stance on giving things to family members. I have seen it time and time again, where someone comes to an item that they feel guilty about letting go- for various reasons. So they find a family member to pass off these “useful” items to. Feeling better, the original owner can now move on to complete their decluttering, but the poor person that ended up with said item, now is left with more clutter of their own.
Marie recommends bagging up all the discarded items and removing it before family members know what you are doing. It’s not that you are purposely being rude, but when items get “rescued” from theses piles, they don’t actually get rescued- they instead become someone elses clutter. More clutter brings more stress. We don’t want to put more stress on our loved ones.
With the KonMari method that Marie has developed, she has her clients sort through all their belongings within 6 months. Sorting and only keeping items that spark joy in your life, by the end of 6 months the transformation will be so profound and emotional, you will do whatever you can to keep it.
It’s true- beautiful areas breed more beautiful areas.
Everything has a purpose.
Have you ever been out shopping, find an awesome deal on an outfit, only to have it hang in your closet and never get worn? It happens, and it happens a lot. Most are unwilling to part with the articles of clothing because they spent time, space and money on them and didn’t get any use out of it.
I loved how Marie views these items: It has already fulfilled it’s purpose in your life- either from giving you that excitement when you first purchased it, or that it has taught you what doesn’t suit you. That article of clothing has already completed its role in your life, and you are free to let it go.
Sort by category.
This. Is. Brilliant. Think about it- when one decides to declutter the kitchen, where are all the coffee mugs? If you go around the room decluttering one cupboard at a time, you may declutter mugs from 3 different cupboards- and there is a good chance that some will be overlooked- possibly in some drawers, closets, office (pen holders, anyone?) and maybe even stuffed in a box in the garage. And of course you will keep more than necessary because you’re only looking at a part of your collection at a time.
When sorting by category you bring all the mugs that you own and sort them- keeping only the ones that you love. And then you have the freedom to organize what is left, knowing you will use and enjoy the mugs you have kept.
This book really moved me. I loved what she taught and think that everyone who wants to change their life through purging the clutter- should definitely invest the few hours it takes to read it. We all have something that needs to be done in this life, a purpose we were created with. Clearing out the clutter means we have the freedom to go and do, we are no longer held captive by the bonds of material goods. It really is the life-changing magic of tidying up.