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‘The Life Changing Magic Of Tidying Up’ Book

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life changing magic book

‘The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up’ is what I used in 2014 to gain control of the belongings in our 4 bedroom home before we moved.  Within 3 weeks I had decluttered my entire house and sent a full trailer load and numerous carloads to the 2nd hand store!  If you want to create some organisation and get things tidied up, you need a strategy. 

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SUCH A SIMPLE, EASY TO READ BOOK

Marie Kondo’s book is so easy to read and her system was super simple to understand. I quickly decided her organisation strategy was the exact ‘plan of attack’ I was looking for.  I purged and eliminated unwanted belongings in the systematic way that she taught.  When I was done, the whole process took me 3 weeks max. I wasn’t in a hurry, but I was incredibly motivated.

I highlighted so much of the book, my husband easily read the relevant sections which motivated him to sort the garage.  He decluttered the garage and said he felt great afterwards.  We had space in our home, and it gave us space in our heads.

A METHOD FOR YOU TO FOLLOW

What was so different about Marie Kondo’s method was that she didn’t teach you to go room by room, tidying up one space at a time.  She wants you to approach each ‘type’ of belonging individually within the whole home. She had an all-at-once-then-done-for-good approach. She sorted by category, not locations.  Her reasoning was that if you attempt to purge just one person’s closet, you are still left with more closets to sort in the next rooms. De-cluttering can be daunting, overwhelming.  Her method simplifies the process and helps you see real progress as you go. 

MY FAVOURITE TAKEAWAYS FROM KON-MARIE’S BOOK

  • De-cluttering is a once-and-done event.  It shouldn’t take forever.

  • Category, not location (as mentioned above)

  • Gifts; they were given as a gift, that was their ‘job’, now it’s done.  If you do not love the item or use it, let it go.  

  • Appreciation of my possessions and what they give me, both the good and the bad

  • Not to give my things away to others and create a burden for them

  • The power of owning less to clean and look after is I.N.C.R.E.D.I.B.L.E

  • Putting chests of drawers inside the bedroom wardrobe is a wonderful way to create space

DEALING WITH TREASURE AND HOW TO LET THINGS GO

There was a learning curve deciding if an item should be kept or not.  Was it an item that ‘sparked joy’? Not once-upon-a-time did it spark joy, not maybe one day, but did it now?  Sometimes the language got too philosophical for me, but I could just ignore what didn’t really apply to the process and focus on the skill she was trying to teach, which was deciding whether an item was needed or not. 

a pile of books including 'Pride & Prejudice' by Jane Austin

GOING FORWARD WITH MARIE KONDO’S METHOD

We love what we have learned and how it has changed the way we live in our home.  We don’t have all.the.things that take up not just physical space but mental energy and time to keep it all clean.  It’s a freedom that I have thoroughly enjoyed.

IT CHANGED THE WAY I THINK ABOUT MY ‘THINGS’

It changes your overall thinking;

  • What you spend your money on and bring into your home

  • What you ask for and what you give to others

  • Takes much less time to clean up as everything has a place

  • There is enough room for all of your things within your home

  •  You know what you own and where to find it

Book cover of 'the life changing magic of tidying up'

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up’ by Marie KondoHave you read the book? 

What’s your experience of creating order in your home looks like? 

What do you think you would do differently next time you need to go through your belongings?