Being a bit of a nerd when it comes to reading organizing books and articles, I continually heard others referring to the book, "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up", so I picked it up a couple of months ago. It is a New York Times best seller with over 3 million copies sold. Translated from Japenese, the book promotes the KonMari Method, named for the author Marie Kondo.
The book was an easy read and somewhat entertaining at times when the author shares her life long obsession of organizing and decluttering. Three things I took away from the book:
1. Tidying by Category. The KonMari Method requires you to clean, decluttering by category such as doing all clothing at one time. Not your closet, then your dresser, then your coat closet, you do it all at once. How this helped me: allowed me to see exactly what I had, there were light jackets stored in the laundry room that were easy to grab and heavier coats in the coat closet. When I gathered them all at one time and one place I realized I had more light jackets than I thought and was able to get rid of a couple. When they were spread out I didn't realize there were duplicates!
2. Designate a place for each thing, don't scatter storage spaces. This is not new to the KonMari Method, remember the old saying, "A place for everything and everything in it's place!" How this helped me: I had previously stored items where I used them and allowed myself duplicates if I used them in more than one place. Some of the places I had tape included the junk drawer, the end table by the couch, my desk and where I store my gift wrapping supplies. When I gathered them all up there were over five rolls in various places around the house. I now have one spot for tape, I know exactly where it is and how much I have, and I also know exactly where to return it when done. No more duplicates of half used tape in various places around the house.
3. It is ok to let go of things. How this helped me: I had several clothing items that I hated to get rid of because they were still good, even though I didn't enjoy wearing them or feel I looked good in them. It is okay to pass things along, even if I didn't wear it out, I can appreciate the lesson learned whether it be a particular color that I didn't like or maybe a style. I had books on my shelf that I intended to read and I have intended to read them for five years. It is ok to admit to myself that if I hadn't been compelled to read it in the last five years I probably wasn't and it was okay to pass them on to someone else. Keeping them only made me feel guilty for not completing that task.
Even though I bought and read the book and would admit that I did benefit from it, I can't recommend it. Ms. Kondo's belief system is so different from my own. She shares about thanking her clothes and various other items each day for serving her well, as well as sending items off with dignity. I believe in thanking God, my Provider, for giving me what I need for the day, not the object that was provided. I believe in valuing the people in my life and not the things in my life. While some people may not find this a problem, I found I could not divorce myself from my beliefs in order to fully enjoy the book!
Have you read any good organizing books or articles lately, if so how did they help you? I would love your recommendations!
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