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{ The Life Changing Art of Tidying Up }

Posted on March 07 2016

We are excited to post our first of many book recommendations that have made an impact on our lives! 

Happy Spring Cleaning!  Are you ready to declutter your life and home, once and for all?   This quick little read was transforming to say the least!  This is usually the time of year that I get in the mood to do a deep cleaning purge and wonder where all this stuff I never use or see came from?  It takes up most of the weekend reorganizing, dropping things off at goodwill, and tidying up my clutter free space again.  I love nothing more than walking into any designated room in my apartment, and immediately knowing where everything is.  Things may stay in order for awhile, but inevitably the mess somehow always comes back!  Luckily, I found the answer and i have been doing it ALL wrong!  



What's so life-changing about it? First, it is a step-by-step decluttering and organizing method that aims to cut the stuff that clutters your home by 50%. Once your home is decluttered, you will fall in love with how it feels that it will become difficult to welcome new things in. Therefore, your life inevitably becomes easier when you're not wrangling around extra stuff, other than the things you really want.   Marie Kondo emphasizes keeping things that "Spark Joy," which means you will only be surrounded by things you love!!!  
Another concept I loved about this book was that we should be choosing what we want to keep, not what we want to get rid of, which was a huge insight for me. I'm used to seeing an empty space and filling it.  Since I had extra space, why not?   This mindset helped me cut down on clutter and made me realize so much of my stuff only served the purpose of collecting dust. 


The author created her own method of decluttering called "The KonMarie Method," and here are the 7 life changing tips to sum up what you need to do: 

1. Tidy by category, not location 

2. Tidy in the right order, from easy to hard

3. Tidy all at once, 'intensely and completely.' Make it a one time event

4. Put all items in to a pile on the floor

5. Hold each item up and ask "Does it Spark Joy?" 

6. If not, thank it for its services and discard

7. If yes, then once the entire category has been sorted designate a space for it and put away neatly. 

 Have you read this book?  Did it change everything you thought you knew about a tidy home? Do you agree with this concept?  Would love to hear your thoughts!!  XO



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