Looking for a new book to read? Hmm, maybe I should say that a different way. Do you want to have an organized house? One that lacks clutter? One that everything you own has a place it belongs? If you answered yes, then I have two books for you! Did that sound more convincing? I thought so, too! Though, maybe a little infomercial-y. But, I think you got the point. Want an organized and decluttered house? Great, keep reading!
By now, I am sure you have heard about the popular organizational book written by Marie Kondo called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I have a feeling you have since it is a New York Times Best Seller! This book is everywhere. Marie Kondo has even come out with another book titled, Spark Joy. Spark Joy is about keeping things tidy once you have gone through the whole decluttering process.
Since I blog about organization, I thought it would benefit me to read them and see what all she had to say about tidying up. I was also interested to see if the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing was any different than that of the American way of doing so.
Y’all, this woman has had a passion for organizing since she was a child. She found it to be fun as a child to organize things and to see if one way of doing things worked better over another way. WHAT!!!! Since childhood she has been doing this. I am still blown away by that thought.
I remember growing up and kinda liking all things organized and in its place, though that didn’t take place over my going outside and playing. She sounds as though she was some what fanatical about it. Wow to have been like that, right? My mother would have thought she had the golden child or something. Okay, enough with my obsession on how she has liked all things organized since childhood (though, I think I could go on a bit more about this).
It was my hope that I would be able to come back and tell you what she suggests, however it is so simple that I am finding it difficult to articulate. So much so, I encourage you to read the book.
Here you have it in a nutshell, when you are decluttering and organizing, do it by categories. For example, do all your clothes AT. THE. SAME. TIME. Regardless of where you store your clothes, regardless of whether it is summer clothes or winter clothes. Are you getting the picture? Every piece of clothing in your house, go through them at the same time.
She also emphasizes the importance of being grateful to our things. Showing gratitude to each piece. And, holding off to do memorabilia until last since it will take the longest to do.
The book was great. And, very insightful as to why we should do what we do. She didn’t just tell you to do something without reason. I liked that.
It is funny to me how, with age comes understanding. The understanding to see how material possessions aren’t what is important in this life. It is in the relationships you build that take precedents over everything else. I wish while we are younger we would understand the lack of importance stuff actually is. If we could understand that earlier in life, we may not have the need to have all the stuff we accumulate over the years.
There finally comes a time in each of our lives when we finally realize the lack of importance with stuff. Once that time comes, these books are a great way to get started. Of course, you will also find great tips by reading my blog and several other blogs out there who give great ideas on organizing.
Have you read the books? Did it encourage you to start decluttering your house? I would love to hear your thoughts. Leave a comment below.