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The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up  (affiliate link) is the new trend in books, in case you haven't heard.  It is by Marie Kondo and claims to not only help you declutter and organize your space, but give you a better life.  She also mentions that you should only have to ever go through this "special" tidying process once in your lifetime.  Sounds good to me.

One of my favorite tasks is cleaning and organizing.  I like getting rid of things.   A good before and after picture makes my heart beat fast.  And I whole-heartedly believe that my life would be easier and more enjoyable if I had fewer possessions.  This book seems to be the answer that I have been searching for.

And many parts of it are the answer.  There are actually instances in the book that not only have me nodding my head up and down, but also make me say, "I already do that!"  Marie and I are sure on the same page in some cases.

But the book is written with a focus on Japanese culture.  Some things don't necessarily apply to me.  For instance, people in Japan must have a lot of books and makeup samples for the emphasis that she puts on them.

She also lumps everything aside from clothes, books, paper, and keepsakes into one miscellaneous category.   I don't know about you, but I have just as big of a clutter problem in the kitchen and basement as I do in my bedroom.

And she is a big proponent of literally talking to and thanking your belongings.  I don't really picture myself carrying on a conversation with my least favorite shirt any time soon.

Her biggest idea in the book is to keep only those items that "spark joy."  On one hand, I understand the concept.  It is easier to get dressed if you only fill your closet with clothes you actually love.  But on the other hand, there are things you need to keep in your life that won't ever spark joy for you.  My toothbrush is a necessity, but I don't get a feeling of joy when I touch it!  Does that mean I have to dispose of it?

My friend Kristi from Making It in the Mountains and I have been trying to come up with a plan for introducing you all to this book and take you step by step through the decluttering process.  Cleaning, like exercising and shopping, is so much more fun if you have a friend involved with you.  You're also more likely to stick with it, too.

But our problem has been deciding what exactly we should do on our blogs.  There are many posts on this book out there, but they all basically tell the same story.  I like to be different.  I'm not convinced that every idea in this book will work.  And I've got some ideas of my own when it comes to cleaning up our lives.  I'm all for increasing my happiness and making life a little easier.  I loved this book, but I'm not sure that everything in it will help me to do that.

So today, I thought I would open it up to you to let us know what you think.  I've put together a super short three question survey below to gather your answers.  You're also welcome to leave a comment if surveys aren't your thing.

I want to make sure that whatever Kristi and I decide to do will be exactly what the majority of you are looking for.  My goal is to develop a plan that will put us all on the path to properly organizing our homes.  Please take a moment to let me know what you think, and if you are interesting in joining us, you can purchase The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up here.  (affiliate link)

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