Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying was purchased by me, after it had been in my Amazon basket for sometime. I bought it in hope that it would help me as I am a hoarder and over the past month I’ve discovered I’m not alone, in fact I’m not as bad as I thought.
I sat down and read it after it arrived a couple of days later and went to bed with my mindset totally changed.The next day I set about putting Marie Kondo’s advice into action and by the end of the week, I felt so relived and finally clear on why I’m constantly tidying was not getting anywhere.Ever.
I posted a photo on Instagram and the feedback from posting it blew me away.The comments on it on my Facebook profile are still ongoing.
I’m now on week 4 of decluttering the whole of my house, it’s getting a bit hectic upstairs as now I have properly tidied downstairs and in the girl’s room, everything else left is stacked in my room and on the landing.Marie Kondo had honed her #konmarimethod after studying tidying since she was just 5 years old and now is a professional clearer and declutterer expert.Since reading the book we have cleared out almost 7 black bags of outgrown and unloved clothes, at least 100 books, multiples of D.I.Y tools, cleared out the kitchen of broken or rusted equipment, unused crockery (stupid amount of mugs) and plastic boxes.I have organised cupboards and drawers completely and have room to prep and serve meals as I have more room in cupboards to store away what was originally on my work tops.Our books are now all in the living and not scattered around the house, I’m working on getting rid of more as I copy out much-loved recipes into our own family cookbook.The cupboard that our telly stands on is now where all our DVD’s, console games and board games are stored, we took all unwanted games and DVD’s to CEX to exchange for something we each wanted.The kids pretty much cleared out every toy they owned, leaving LEGO, Knex and craft stuff.There is so much space left in the girl’s cupboard and all but two storage boxes are empty.I am now getting to the end of the book’s categories, Marie stipulates not to clear each room but to sort your house by category.This really has helped to get a grasp on how much stuff we have, shocking to see how you own once it’s all in one place to sort through.
So, as I’m taking a bit of an extended blog break whilst I get my life back on track, I’m hoping I can get back to being the blogger I used to be when I started blogging in 2009, almost 7 years ago in February.
Learning to find what does Spark Joy
I also discovered that there is a follow-up book Spark Joy by Marie Kondo, which goes into in-depth detail on how to organise your house once you have finished decluttering.I’m only half way through but it’s been really helpful and reinforces the psychological aspects of hoarding.
Until my house is fully decluttered and tidy, I’ll be back as soon as I’m finished.