I recently finished Marie Kondo’s book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Now typically, when I think “tidying” and “magic” my brain immediately goes to Mary Poppins. That gal could clean up a room in no time. And she was so cheerful. To be honest, I have a tough time finding an element of fun in every darn job that must be done. Some aren’t so bad – I really don’t mind making the bed. Dishes? Not so terrible. Picking up the house? This makes me loony.
Maybe it’s because my toddler only cleans up after himself when he feels like partaking in the experiment of “Will this block go in this basket?” Maybe it’s because we have a zany schedule that changes every day and every week – so it’s hard to maintain a rhythm of keeping the house tidy.
STUFF. There’s just so much stuff. I go cross-eyed thinking about it.
Our family has developed a mantra in the past few years – “It’s just a thing.” We say this whenever a piece of furniture gets a ding in it. Whenever a wine glass breaks. Whenever a mysterious stain appears on the carpet or a page gets torn in a book. “It’s just a thing.” We’ve gotten to the point where we really, really don’t want to be so attached to things. Because the stuff in our lives may be useful, lovely, or sentimental – but at the end of the day it’s just a thing. An object. It’s only as meaningful as we allow it to be. And truthfully – these things, all this stuff, weighs us down more than it brings us joy.
So, when I kept hearing rave reviews of Kondo’s book and her “KonMari Method” of tidying, I was super intrigued. Maybe I’m late to the game, but I finally read it and well – what can I say…. It is life changing magic.
Here’s what I loved about the The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and why the KonMari method is working for us: Continue reading “Life-Changing Magic – A Review of the KonMari Method”