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Is the Kondo Method of decluttering your house really life-changing?
As long as my children were still at home, using Marie Kondo’s (“The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”) system of purging and organizing my home felt like wasted time.
Why go through all my possessions and filter out all but the things I loved? The kids would just roll through and add, rearrange or generally mess everything up. I was fine with living with clutter and too many things because I knew that soon enough that time would come to an end. I could have begun with my own clothes and possessions, and I even half-heartedly tried once, but to be effective I had to be vested with the ability to change everything.
When I put a book down on the table now, it will be in exactly the same place when I come back to the room. And when I put away the dinner dishes, the table will stay clean until the next morning. No more midnight raids on the fridge and evidence in the sink and on every surface that a starving teenager had been there.
Pardon me while I blow my nose.
ok, I miss them. But I don’t miss the mess. As a mom and the person responsible for most of the cleaning, it is a joy to see things stay clean!
With the children all off, I’m ready to begin decluttering and organizing on a deep and thorough level.
Marie Kondo says her method of tidying is literally life-changing and that’s what I want. Order and space around me to move into the next phase of my life.
We are not yet at the downsizing stage, but I need to create a home that feels spacious and tranquil. When the sadness of missing my children hits me, seeing my accomplishments makes me feel better.
I’m taking you along as I work my way through clothes, books, kitchen appliances, dishes, papers, health products, and whatever categories I can find.
And I challenge you to do the same!
Once a week, commit a couple of hours to going through a category of your possessions and using the Kondo method to purge and then properly store the items you truly love.
The Kondo Method does not advocate tidying a room at a time, but rather a category no matter where in the house those objects live. This is because we keep like objects in different rooms. The living room may have travel books on the coffee table, the kitchen houses cookbooks, nonfiction is in the office while the latest novels are by your bedside.
To properly sort your books, they have to be collected and brought to one place. There, you will sort them into those you’ll keep and those you’ll sell or give away. After the sorting, the ones you keep can live in whatever room makes sense.
Kondo advocates that you must love an item to keep it. It doesn’t matter if it’s a cheap and worn paperback that speaks to you. You can keep it if you love it.
She does not believe that you should keep rarely-used reference books, papers or other “what if” items. I’m not 100% convinced and I’ll explore my thoughts on that as I work through my house.
As a writer, I have a fair amount of books and notes that are my safety net for when the muse has taken a hike. We’ll see if I can find a middle ground and still stay true to the challenge.
So, what do you say?
Ready to take the challenge?
Follow me as I got through clothing, books, papers, kitchen, and toiletries and tidy them up the Marie Kondo way! Join the challenge and share your pictures and thoughts on the Facebook group.
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