All things holiday are starting to arrive at Anthropologie. This week, we’ve been unpacking ornaments, stockings and lots of great gift merchandise. As I scanned a cart of new stuff before it hit the sales floor, my eyes stopped on a familiar book. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. Felt like I was seeing an old friend. I immediately remembered embracing this small but powerful read in July, 2014.
Back then, I rallied the troops at my house and we carefully followed the KonMari Method as we performed our giant tidying event. My enthusiasm was met with groans and complaints as we made our way through every single drawer, closet and cupboard.
In the end, I discovered there is pure magic in the method.
My kids and I worked the KonMari Method through our entire home. Once we finished, the initial impact was hard to ignore.
Everything was tidy.
We had less stuff.
The stuff we kept, sparked joy.
Our belongings had a specific home.
Over the year that followed, I noticed some areas of our home were beginning to gather junk. I felt myself becoming discouraged. Ugh...was this just another method that didn't really work?
As I looked more closely, I realized three issues were causing the new clutter:
Then, since the Universe always has your back...we moved. Our lease was up and it was time to move.
There’s nothing like the prospect of packing everything you own into boxes, schlepping it and then unpacking it...to make you strongly consider what stuff you truly love!
So...we put KonMari to work for a second time.
And you know what?
This round was much easier. We had less stuff!
Less emotional attachment to things.
Less effort to decide what sparks joy.
Maybe there was something to this method after all. My faith in Marie Kondo was restored:-)
We’ve now lived in our current home for 21 months. I recently began to see some areas (linen closet, kitchen, basement) that needed some KonMari love.
So, one recent Saturday morning, I accepted that my entire day would be spent decluttering and tidying. I set my timer and started with linens…
Then something amazing happened...
I finished each area much faster than I’d planned. We have so much less stuff, that tidying what we do have...takes a fraction of the time it took before!
If you haven’t yet jumped on the bandwagon of this delightful, pint-sized Japanese guru. Don’t wait!
I’m an organized person. I’ve built my business around helping women become more organized with their wardrobes and their lives.
The KonMari Method works.
Better than everything else I’ve tried.
What seemed like a crazy big claim...Life-Changing Magic...has proved to be just that.
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I’ve written plenty on the act of decluttering and tidying your surroundings using Marie Kondo's instructions. Get a glimpse of my experience here and here. And for a chuckle, check out my very first YouTube videos...on the KonMari Method.
Hello, I'm Kristen.
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