(This post includes affiliate links. See my disclosure statement.)
1. Tidying up will change your life.
2. Tidying up doesn't cost anything (no need to purchase storage units or dividers or any of the other little plastic organizers that will end up at your next tag sale).
3. If you follow author Marie Kondo's instructions for tidying up, you will create more time and mental space in your life for the people, things and activities you are truly passionate about.
Tidying Up: Why You Need to Read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Getting dressed in the morning takes seconds. I have all of my clothing neatly folded on a shelf in my closet or it's in the laundry hamper waiting to be washed.I can't remember ever in my life having this level of orderliness in my closet. What's even greater, I've kept it up. I kon-maried my closet during one weekend of July 2015. It's now January 2017 and my wardrobe is still tidy.
Before I tell you why you need Marie Kondo and her book in your life, let me lay myself bare to you.
I am a slob. I was born this way. Are you old enough to remember the original Odd Couple tv show from the 1970's? I am Oscar. My childhood bedroom was usually a swamp of clothes, books, girl debris and empty candy wrappers. It didn't bother me one bit. My closet? Forget it. It's where I shoved everything in a jumble when my mother ordered me to clean my room.
I carried my slobbiness to college where I eventually met my husband. Foolish man saw the state of my studio apartment and still married me.
Having a child helped me get a bit more organized but not in a life-changing way. That took reading Marie Kondo's book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I wish I could remember what prompted me to pick it up. I'm not big into the self-help tomes. No one I knew seemed to have read it when I started exhorting Marie's work. But I'm so glad I did.
The essence of Tidying Up is that you hold each object in your hand. If it sparks joy, it stays. If not, you need to discard it.
Tidying Up: What You Need to Know
I read Marie Kondo's book in July 2015 and began kon-mari-ing everything by category. I started with clothing, as Kondo suggests, and it's made a big difference in my life.
The weekend I started I got rid of two giant bags of clothing--just mine. I had cocktail dresses lingering in my closet from life pre-baby and that baby is now 13. Today, the only things that are left on my shelf are the clothes I actually wear.
It feels so good to look in my closet and instantly find what I'm looking for.
My Wardrobe Inventory:
- three pair yoga pants
- 3 tank tops (black and white)
- one grey short sleeve top
- one black short sleeve top
- one pair of white denim jeans
- three pair blue denim jeans
- two pair of corduroys
- one pair of black slacks
- one long sleeve black
- one black wool sweater vest
- one grey/pink fleece half zip pull over
Long sleeve shirts
- navy/white striped
- red/black plaid flannel
- pair of long underwear pants
- pair long underwear shirt
- two layering long sleeve tee shirts
- two pair of leggings (one fleece)
- bright pink velvet
- shell pink cotton/rayon blend
- pink floral
- teal floral
- black cashmere
- white cotton
- blue gingham
- chunky black cotton knit
1 winter coat
Making Up Is Easy
I kon-maried my makeup, nail polish and cosmetic samples, which is a fairly extensive collection. Who else is a Sephora VIB and doesn't want to explain to her partner what that means? Can I get a shout-out?
Putting on my daily face every morning is as seamless as getting dressed. I have all of the products I use daily in one clear cosmetic case.
I have everything else organized in separate cosmetic bags and baskets (I'm lacking drawer space in tiny house). Lipsticks, lip glosses, balms and lip liners are in one; mascaras and eyeliners in another, blushes, concealers and foundations in another, ditto brushes and tools like eyelash curlers and the wonder sponge.
Because of Kon-Mari
- I have more time to do yoga, to garden, to hang out with the teenager, to just goof off.
- I have more space in my head to think about what I really want in my life and the energy to shape it a certain way.
- Because I can be ready and out the door in less than ten minutes in the morning, I've made time to meditate every morning. That in turn is bringing me another level of success at work.
Tell me, have you read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up? What did you think? Have you tidied? Are you tidying? Do you have another method you love? Leave a message in the comments below.