She then gave me the wife talk. IF we move in and IF we get married this would be something that her self-identified OCD tendencies would consider a deal breaker.
I needed a book that would teach me the methods of a seasoned housewife and fast.
And so began my journey into Mary Kondo’s “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.”
Mary recommends a mass cleaning and decluttering session. She insists that you only keep the items that spark joy in you. If the object no longer serves you, she says to thank it for its service and let it go. This is how to shift your decluttering mindset from “what should I get rid of” to “why do I still need this.” She says to literally ask yourself “Does this spark joy?”, and if it doesn’t, say “thank you” and donate it, sell it or give it away.
Kondo says to start with Categories and not rooms. Begin with your Clothes because they’re the least emotional. ONLY keep clothes that give you joy. It’s a radical thought, but it cut my wardrobe in half! And I noticed that it was easier to gift bags to my niece and my sisters rather than just throw out shoes and clothing. Even that gave me joy while I was throwing out half my damn wardrobe.
The most efficient order for the categories are clothes, books, papers, miscellaneous, and then things with sentimental value. Put all your clothes in a pile then sort through them, then all the books you own, and go through all the “komono”, which means the things you keep “just because.” This includes things like small tools or accessories or electronic cables you can’t identify anymore.
I’m quite looking forward to shredding all my unneeded documents so I can free up some more space. And even though I’m still going to repurpose my loungewear as pajamas, I won’t be putting my clothes away vertically, as I’ll feel much better that I’ve purged and reorganized.
My girlfriend was right!
To purchase a copy of this book just click on the title The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
Kondo also wrote a follow-up book called Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up with more tips on tidying up the various categories of stuff in your home. You should check that out too.
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