Taking Time To Tidy
I don’t know about you, but my household endured a lot of “stashing” during the holidays. So please hear me when I promise you, the goal of this post is not to boast-rather it is serving as more of a therapeutic exercise than anything.
Do the items in your home spark joy?
Growing up, I dutifully completed a few simple chores in my daily routine. I made my bed, helped to fold and put away my clothing, watered house plants, and was a good little scout helper around the house. I remember hearing the saying “Cleanliness is next to Godliness”…and those words stuck in my head, so I have to say, to this day, I feel a tinge of guilt about leaving the household unkept in any way. Guilt aside, this five word mantra has been a pretty good motivator toward tidiness in my life. But, recently, I have adopted a new one! My sister in law told me about a book she read, entitled The Life–Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo. In this title, the Japanese author writes about her process of organizing and keeping housewares in categories ie. clothing, paper, sentimental items, and items she refers to as “komono” or miscellaneous. The book has now taken reality TV form, so, with cameras rolling, Marie takes her process into the homes of American participants, in a show called Tidying Up. The part of the process most interesting to me, is the tool she offers to help the homeowners part ways with items cluttering their homes. It comes in the form of one simple yes or no question. “Does this item spark joy?” If yes, it’s a keeper. If the answer is no, then the item is thanked, and tossed.
So, this January, as many of us aim to put our best foot forward in the New Year, I have resolved to employ this system in my housekeeping, and tidying is becoming much more joyful and efficient!
My favorite change is this system of folding-I never knew clothing could become so tiny!:)