Wednesday, March 16, 2016

MONTH 3: DE-CLUTTERING MY LIFE

So I’m sure none of you have heard of this little publication titled The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up.  Oh, you have?  I kid.  The wildly successful best-seller by Marie Kondo has inspired every woman from here to Timbuktu to hop on the de-cluttering train and tidy up their home.  And I admit, I’ve caught the bug.  With this year being “My Year of Choosing The Bigger Life” I’ve tackled finances in month 1, detoxing my diet in month 2, and now I’m ready for the big guns.  It’s time to clean out the closet.

Published in 2014 The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up follows Japanese principles of organizing and de-cluttering along with the authors signature Kon-Mari method to ensure your environment will become a place of tranquility and joy.  With a 3 month waiting list for Kondo’s services and over 8,500 five-star reviews on Amazon I thought hey, it’s worth a shot. 

Here's a sneak peak of the current situation.  It's not pretty. 

I wouldn’t say I’m full on TLC, hiding newspapers in toaster ovens, hoarder status, but I do have a lot of stuff and I don’t like to throw things away.  I remember growing up my mother, who is the organization queen, would plead with me to throw out my menagerie of beanie babies and clothes that don’t fit to which I would reply the eBay market for beanie babies just hasn’t sparked yet.  I recently tried to clean out my closet on my own and two reoccurring excuses I told myself were, “This would be great for a Halloween costume,”  and “I should definitely save this for when I get pregnant, very flowy.”  I know I have a problem.  So I’m hoping by biting the bullet and with some tough love Japanese advice I can become a zen minimalist.  And while I love my “stuff” it is no fun to have a closet so bursting with items I can’t find anything, drawers that won’t close, and a makeup vanity so overflowing I use the same things everday for feeling overwhelmed.  I would rather have a few things I really love than a bunch of stuff I kind of like.  And a lot of this goes back to the concept of fast fashion I discussed in this post and the climate of consumerism we’re living in that is shouting buy! buy! buy!  I can’t wait to delve into this de-cluttering tome and report back at the end of this month to let you guys know how it goes.  Have you tried the KonMari method?  If you’ve read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up what did you think?  Any organization tips?  Let me know in the comments below!!

xoxo Nicole

2 comments:

  1. Best of wishes on your de cluttering my dear.
    Xo, Christianne
    Http://simplychristianne.com

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  2. Best of wishes on your de cluttering my dear.
    Xo, Christianne
    Http://simplychristianne.com

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