A good friend gave me the most wonderful book recently called The life-changing magic of tidying up, the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing. This easy-to-read book by Marie Kondo, a Japanese cleaning consultant, takes a whole new approach to decluttering the author calls the KonMari Method. Basically, it guides you in determining those items in your home that “spark joy” and discarding those that don’t, leading to a house without clutter and with lasting results. She recommends a specific order to follow when decluttering, which enables you to make those hard discarding decisions, and the proper way to fold to solve your storage problems. By surrounding yourself with only things that spark joy, you will naturally be happier, Marie says.
I like things orderly, but I am by no means a neat freak, and I have to be really motivated to clean out drawers and closets. After reading Marie’s book however, I could hardly wait to get started. I’ve finished my clothes and am now ready to do books and papers. Even my husband is reorganizing his things! Marie maintains, “a dramatic reorganization of the home causes correspondingly dramatic changes in lifestyle and perspective….. and is life transforming.” I’m beginning to understand why. Don’t wait for spring cleaning to start to declutter – do it now! With this new approach, it’s actually fun.
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