Bookstore – “Ah. The KonMari method? The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo?”
“That’s the one…”
I first heard about the book from Colleen, at 58 Water Street, who is also cleaning with this method.
If you haven’t yet heard of this book, it’s one of the hottest sellers out there right now. And me so not being a tidy person, felt I should at the very least investigate.
You see, I’ve dropped the bucket on my cleaning efforts once again. I started working on taxes instead.
Purging or taxes… fabulous choice…
But something did trigger a tidying response in me yesterday.
See these clothes not even TOUCHING each other?
the life-chainging magic of tidying up – mari kondo – buy HERE from Amazon (affiliate link)
Gotta blame it on Miss Marie Kondo.
And the gal at the bookstore.
I went into the store in search of a food book actually, but ended remembering the big hit this book is. So I asked about it.
Once it was in my hand, I had to ask…
Me – “Have you read it? What’s your take?”
And that’s when everything changed.
It was like a bucket of real life just splashed on our heads as the sales girl left, letting in the real girl with issues like everyone else in the world. There was a pause, then her voice lowered…
“You know… I did. I’m actually a very tidy person. It was my husband that isn’t. But the book has taught me much more than about cleaning techniques. It reaches the heart of the matter, and explains WHY we are the way we are. It’s really helped me understand things better, and pull back.”
I could only wish I over cleaned…
But.. oh my. This was much deeper than I anticipated. Was I ready for a book like this?!
So I brought the book home, cracked it open, and with two furry cats shedding by my legs, while I munched on chips, watching flakes fall on this very book, I started to dig in.
It is not a pretty picture book. In fact, there is not one picture in it.
But the reading is gentle, and friendly. And easy on the eyes.
The book’s premise:
We are clutter bugs because we have never been taught to clean properly.
But once you learn, and implement the right strategies, you will never have to do this again to this degree.
Because you will ultimately have a place for EVERY THING. And that really is the key.
But it is not about purging from room to room. There’s a specific sequence, and it starts with clothes, for they don’t hold memories, stalling your progress. Starting here also helps train you for the harder things to come.
When we purge, we often focus on the things we need to let go of, when we should be focusing on the things that bring us joy instead. <— This right here… works!
While reading, I was ready to pounce out of bed and just start! But I obeyed, and read until the clothes category was done.
At precisely 10:30pm, I bolted for the closet, following her method, and was done in about 10 minutes. Bagged and everything.
Last time I did this, it took me 2 weeks to bag the contents. Hmm…
So, I’m going to try to keep moving with this, category by category, under her suggestions.
So, do I recommend the book? I would say yes. If you continue to have the same issues over and over again, this method could very well work for you. I’ll keep you posted on my own progress!
I purchased it locally, but you can get it at Amazon.com HERE (affiliate link) for a much lower price than I did!
So to further give YOU a tug in the right direction, I’d love to share with you, spaces by 3 readers that have been working very hard behind the scenes!
You can just feel the silence and quiet now, can’t you? Beautiful space!
She claims she has more to go, but I don’t have a clue where! Check out that amazing floor space!
Didn’t these ladies do an amazing job?!
Cleaning is such hard work, but the pay off so huge.
I even fell asleep last night with my closet open, so I could peek at it while I drifted off. 🙂
So, from Crap to Clean before Spring is the new mantra for now!
So we have time later to…
weed our gardens.
How are you managing? Think the book may be a must read for you?