I recently picked up Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. There’s a good chance you’ve heard of it or at least seen it highlighted in the best seller’s list for the past couple of years. The Gilmore Girls: A Year In the Life made fun of it pretty heavily.
Kondo declares that once people have gone through her method of tidying once, they never rebound again. That sounds too good to be true, but I’m about to test her theory out. Especially considering my desire to live small, if I plan on downsizing my living space I’ll have to downsize my possessions first.
Kondo’s advice falls under two basic steps:
1) De-clutter and 2) Everything has a place.
When you de-clutter, sort through things based on category, not location.
Clothes and books are easiest to start with since they have the least sentimental value.
Collect ALL of your items in that category and pile them in one spot.
Pick up each piece and ask yourself if it ‘sparks joy.’ If the item doesn’t give you joy, thank it for its time and send it on its way. Do this item by item, category, by category until the only items left in your house are things that bring you joy. This could take six months, but do it all and once and do it well.
In de-cluttering I’ve given away bags of clothes, hangers, shoes, and accessories. All clothing is now stored together in the closet and each item has a place. Minus a few items I need to invest in I’m almost down to a capsule wardrobe. #GOALS
The new-found space inspired me to finally hang some pictures I’ve been meaning to get on my walls for months. I can honestly say everything in my room sparks joy and it does feel good. The process is chaotic and cathartic. Next on the list is papers and kitchen. *gulp*
Now to just give it some time to see if this ‘no rebound’ thing is legit. 😉 Have you read Kondo’s Life-Changing Method? What did you think?