The Magic of Tidying

I know what you are thinking: seriously, another person is talking about this book? Yes, yes, I am. Like many others, I’ve been reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. You may have heard mixed reviews, but I’d like to share my thoughts with you as I’ve been obsessed with this book (and Kondo’s decluttering method) recently.

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When we moved into our home a few years ago, my son was a toddler, and we didn’t have time or energy to organize our house very well. Since then, my daughter was born, and things have gotten even more chaotic in our home. As a result, we didn’t really have a working organizational system, and there was clutter everywhere. Of course, it was contained clutter, multiple “junk” drawers and overflowing cabinets. As a working mom who isn’t awesome at large-scale cleaning projects, I had no idea where or how to start tidying up.

Enter Marie Kondo’s book. When I started reading it, I was immediately convicted that I needed to start discarding. She asks her clients (and readers) to get rid of items that don’t “spark joy.” Although time-consuming, this method of decluttering is surprisingly easy and intuitive, and I found myself able to give away things that I have held onto for years.

I’ve also benefited from her admonition to assign everything a specific place. Now that I have fewer items, and now that my shoes, t-shirts, and hair ties have a place, maintaining order seems much more manageable.

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And although I don’t always relate to her emotional connection with material objects, I like her practice of “thanking” her items for their service when she puts them away. This practice of gratitude has helped me have a better attitude while folding laundry.

For about five consecutive nights, my husband came out of my son’s room after putting him down to find me systematically going through drawers, cabinets, and closets. I made some big messes on my way to tidiness, but I can say without a doubt that it has been worth it. I honestly feel more comfortable in my home, and although I’m not totally done organizing, I can see a huge improvement already.

If you are already super organized, you probably don’t need this book, but if you have even one or two chaotic closets or drawers, this book may just revolutionize your home life. I found it to be life-changing.

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AN UNCONVENTIONAL WAY TO SERVE YOUR FAMILY

As I’ve mentioned before, one way my husband and I serve each other (and our kids) is by trying to keep the house relatively clean and clutter-free. My family and I have both benefited from the Konmari tidying method described in this book, and I hope yours will too.  Have you read this book? What were your thoughts?  Do you have any strategies you use to organize your house? Please share them with us, and if you’d like daily ideas on sharing kindness, follow us on Instagram. Also, if you are interested, click here to start a Family Service Club of your own. Thanks for reading, and let’s go love others on purpose.

 

About Kellie Van Atta

Kellie Van Atta is a wife, a mom of two, and a teacher of English. She lives in Southern California and is passionately dedicated to teaching her kids to love others.

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