Full disclosure, I’ve wanted to read this book for an entire year. I just couldn’t seem to find enough time to actually put the practices in place. That’s what I told myself anyway. What I really needed was to make it a priority and last month I finally got the chance thanks to a great group of ladies.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up is a book by Marie Kondo. More than two million copies have been sold worldwide. I read it while I was on vacation over the holidays and it took me two days to get through it all. I couldn’t put it down and yet there were parts of the book that kept me up at night.
The basis of the book is to “start by discarding. Then organize your space, thoroughly, completely, in one go.” It seems easy until you realize what you’re going to be discarding… every thing that doesn’t “spark joy.” I know, right? The results, according to the book, are that “a dramatic reorganization of the home causes correspondingly dramatic changes in lifestyle and perspective. It is life transforming.”
It almost sounds too good to be true. I thought I was a fairly tidy person until I realized I had starting stacking things I wasn’t ready to deal with when my schedule was really hectic. I also started delaying decisions based on a “some day mentality” like “some day I’ll take these old sheets the dogs have chewed holes in and make some bunting.” It’s so embarrassing to even admit that to you guys.
Kondo suggests going through your clothes first. Every. Single. Piece. This is supposed to help build confidence in your decision making abilities. You know, start with the easy stuff. I totally dreaded going through all of my clothes though. My closet was a mess. My weight fluctuates like crazy and my closet currently houses sizes 8-12. Going through my clothes meant facing my weight gain and it was going to sting.
Out of excuses, I took a deep breath and dove right in. Here’s a before shot of the closet
the jewelry box…I know right, it’s so crazy messy!
It took all day to get through it.
There was a few times, I just wanted to sit down and eat a brownie. Facing reality is exhausting like that sometimes ha ha.
But I stuck with it.
In the end, I was able to let go of nine bags of clothes, shoes and accessories that no longer fit or sparked any joy. I finally have a space that I can take the time to pull together outfits that make me feel good even though I’m not at my ideal weight.
My purses are no longer housed in a blue plastic bin in a “catch all closet” on the other end of the house. They all fit neatly in this vintage blanket basket at the top of my closet.
My jewelry box closes with ease, as do my dresser drawers.
I’m totally ready to celebrate with a new chandelier in this closet. Here’s another look at the before:
I know! So exciting! I’ll be working with these great ladies all year so make sure to check out how they’re “sparking joy” in their homes too:
See you guys back here tomorrow. I can’t wait to share my 2016 home goals with you!