gratitude-a-thon day 557: tidying up the place

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Yup, I read it in South Beach. There was something about the warmth and idea of getting myself organized that was incredibly un-winterish. 

So, I gave in to the buzz about the book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, and actually read it while I was on vacation (I am fun like that). I am on a constant search for the ultimate answer to the question, “How can I be more organized?” So, I would pretty much read a book my dog wrote if I thought it would simplify my life and make my house look like Mary Poppins was at the helm.

I’ve gotten much better. I have. But organization does not swim around my gene pool. Just the opposite. Open any drawer in my parent’s house and you could find any number of things. An old license, a scribbled address on the back of an envelope, a key. We had a lovely house, and my mom always did a nice job of keeping it in order, but just under the surface were those drawers.

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Marie Kondo, a disciple of tidying since she was five.

Anyway, the KonMari method is interesting. Very interesting. Marie Kondo, who says she has been studying “tidying” since she was five (which is terribly frightening, if you ask me), basically claims that we have too much stuff. She says every house has enough storage space, but the people in it have many more things than they need. She says that nothing in your house should be there unless it brings you joy. And while that may sound a little kookoo, it’s also a smart way of approaching this issue, if you have hoarder tendencies, like me. This idea really made me consider what I live with and what I could and should live without.

The other piece of new information I took away from Miss Kondo is a way of organizing, that I’d never heard before, and I am going to try. She says we have too many places where one category live in our homes, and we should really only have one place for that category. So, when you are organizing, she urges you to take all of a category, say cleaning supplies, and put them all together, sift through them for what is a repeat (this woman is not a Costco girl, she does not like duplicates), and then store them all in one place, not multiple places. Now, this made some sense to me. And I am looking at my space differently because of it (I have 200 places where I store bathroom/costmetics/medicine/soap/etc. and I see how it would really help me know what I had, if it were all in one place).

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I’m not sure I could ever get pared down to this, but a girl can dream.

Anyway, it’s a little extreme, and I’m sure I could never totally KonMari my life, but I have to admit that this book, unlike so many others on my shelf (which are not bringing me joy) about organizing, made a lot of sense to me. Here’s to slimming down the stuff, and living with joy (although really, I’m not so sure that cleaning supplies will ever get me all that excited).

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