While browsing through the books at Costco recently I came across The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo. Since I need a lot of help in this area I thought it was worth buying. My husband on the other hand thought he would tease me by handing me a twenty-dollar bill and suggesting I rip it in half saying, “It’s about the same as buying that book.” Well I took his snarky challenge and immediately started reading, determined this would not be just another self-help book gathering dust on a shelf.
It is actually a surprisingly fun and easy read and I found myself devouring each chapter saying to myself, “That’s right,” or “That’s exactly how I am,” or “I can’t believe I didn’t see this before.”
After the first chapter I was antsy to get started and gathered my first bag or two of junk to send to charity. It was a bit premature since I didn’t yet have the KonMari method (a name for Marie Kondo’s method of tidying created by a play on her name), but it felt so good to start making some headway on all the junk. After reading more I started doing it her way and immediately got rid of several bags of clothes clogging my closet and drawers. I did the same with each one of my kids too. With six kids this took about a week, but we did it and the back of the van started looking like this.
In all, I ended up filling the back of the van three times, and now three loads to charity later, I feel so happy about our clothing situation. The kids still have plenty of clothes to wear, and in this last week the laundry has been much easier to handle. Amazingly, fewer clothes is translating into fewer loads of laundry. I’m not exactly sure how or why, because we are still wearing and dirtying clothes everyday, but there aren’t the piles and piles I used to battle. At least that has been my assessment this week. I’ll let you know if that changes, but so far so good.
Next on the KonMari method is going through all the books in the house. I’ve started to do a bit, but I’ll save that story for another day.
P.S. On Facebook I just saw a clip (Today Home video) featuring this book and Marie Kondo. Apparently I’m not the only one finding this book “life-changing” as it says in the title. And you can find the review by Meena Hart Duerson here.