I have been a little absent from the blog for the past ten days
AND here is why…
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The Konmari Method, Organizing and Tidying
Y’all, this book, the life-changing magic of tidying up, is life changing just as it says! I don’t usually see myself as one of those pack rat, keep everything type people but I do have lots of STUFF! Stuff that does not bring me or any member of my household any joy.
I asked for this book for Mother’s Day and started reading it that very day at the lake.
The entire premise of Marie Kondo’s way of thinking is spot on for me! I now know that I have been doing any organizing and purging wrong my entire life. It’s as if the biggest light bulb was turned on inside my head.
This quote from the book was that moment…
“I am not the type of person who likes to plug away at something, one step at a time. For people like me, who do their assignments on the very last day right before the deadline, this approach just doesn’t work.”
The Kon Marie Method, Organizing and Tidying, is a way of purging and organizing by category. Not one room at a time, little by little but full on Go For It! I have personally never done well with one room at a time because I am one of those all or nothing type personalities. Also, I have a tendency to store things of the same category in lots of different places. For instance, I have tools in almost every room of my house yet I can never find a flat head screw driver the moment I need one. Crazy right?!
So you start with the least personal items because it will go faster. If I start with sentimental items I’ll never get anything done. Starting with clothing is the recommended first category. PERFECT! I have lots of clothes that needed to go. So did both of my children.
Even after I sold some items of my daughters to a few friends, made a big bag for my nephew and separated a big stack for my mom, all of this was left for donation.
Then I pulled together in my dining room all of my decorating items, thrift store finds, etc.
After you have everything from one category all in ONE place you ask yourself, “does this bring me joy?” You have to ask yourself this question about every item.
When you think about the word JOY and what really does evoke joy in your heart, stuff…items…things…don’t bring joy. Time with my family and friends doing the things we love is what brings me the greatest joy and when I spend 30 minutes looking for something or deciding what outfit to wear, that’s 30 minutes less I get to have with my family!
SO, through out the summer I will keep you updated on how the Konmari Method is going around here. My husband is really excited about what I have accomplished and he is ready to tackle all the tools! AND we have LOTS of tools!
**UPDATE: The shed was a mess! You have to see the Shed Makeover!
I’d love to hear from any of you that have read the book and started on the konmari method? If you haven’t yet here is my affiliate link to buy the book right now!
The before you you jump in and start your organization journey Please READ THIS POST first!