So I waited a good few months before I reviewed The life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and its methods just so I could make sure it actually worked. I feel sort of bad that I didn’t take before and after photos of the room (cause it was worth it!), I should have. But let me tell you my experiance.I live with my 4 year old son and my fiancé and we basically have to cram everything in our room because we are sharing a house. (This means our bathroom supplies and cleaning supplies all that good stuff is in the room we sleep in, plus it is a small room – limited space!). Believe me, it is really hard to work a full time job, to come home to a dirty mess made by a 4 year old and 24 year old man. On top of that, I have to study, cook, and make time for the Gym. I have almost no time to do anything and sometimes I work two weeks straight no day off.
For a long time the room was filled to the brim, laundry everyplace, under the bed and on the floor. The laundry basket would be overfilled, the bookshelf was filled with everything BUT books and it was so full of random stuff all over the place, stuff just kept non-stop falling down. The Drawer was full of unfolded cloths and hardly would shut. The closet was the same deal. It was horrible. Dear goodness. I wish I had taken pictures.
Around February 2015 I bought a laptop case for my new computer (freaking expensive computer that is) and because I’m obsessed with looking things up before I buy them I youtubed reviews on the case. I came across a Vlog under recommended, talking about planners. This is how I got into the planner society. I became interested and bought my Erin Condren Life Planner (ECLP). That is when my interest in organization came into place. Of course, I youtube reviews on the ECLP and came across a youtuber named “Organized Jen” and I followed her on Facebook. I immediately was inspired by her beautiful clean home an passion to keeping things tidy, neat and clutter free. A month later she made a post about how excited she was to read a book called “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo. I thought the book look interesting, and of course I desperately needed help. So I ordered it.
As soon as I got the book I became addicted. I read the whole book in 2 days. There is just is so much knowledge and stories in there. I was appalled, I thought I was organizing the room this whole time, when really I was doing everything wrong. I was dead wrong about the way I was “Organizing”. That is why everything was always a mess, and when i’d clean it, it would revert back to a poop hole in a day or so.
Marie Kondo mentions that she became sick of having to clean on a daily basis, and that she actually doesn’t enjoy cleaning. Her method was to create a way that you can keep the room so tidy that it required very little maintenance. She claims that she has never had to go back to any of her clients because her method was THAT effective.
…and let me tell you. I have been using her method since March 2015. It is now July 2015… I have NOT had a messy cluttered room since before I read her book and used her method. In fact I applied this method to the whole house. So now, the whole house is clean and almost like a show home. Our room mates appreciate it.
So now you know, her methods do work, that is if you actually read the book front to back and apply her methods to your cleaning regime. I am going to let you in on a few of her tips that I found the most intriguing and you can decide yourself if you would like to purchase the book yourself – for deeper investigation. Remember! you will not be fully enlightened unless you read the book! because she fully explains why these methods work in her stories.
Let me remind you, this is a very small percentage of all the knowledge I gained in this book. Maybe like %1 lol. But to give you an idea.
1. Declutter first, Store Later. Marie Kondo mentions “We should be choosing what we want to keep, not what we want to get rid of.” to put it into action you would pick up each item in your hand and ask yourself if it sparks joy to you, if it does then you keep it, if it doesn’t you thank it for serving its purpose and then discard it. Before you start putting things away you must declutter everything. This means your going to be tearing out ALL of the cloths in your closets and drawers until you have this whopping mess of stuff infant of you, and begin sorting from there what you want to keep. She says that you should follow this order: Cloths first, then books, then papers, then misc. (Kimono in Japanese), and lastly moments (photos etc.). The purpose is to dispose a lot, be minimalistic. The less stuff you have the easier it is to maintain. Keep only things that spark your joy and give you purpose.
2. Set A place of everything. Everything you own should have a location for it to rest. Even the smallest things. If you do not have a designated place for each of your items, you will see things floating around the house here and there and things go missing!
3. Junk Drawers that have random stuff. Ha! this one I could relate to deeply. Marie Kondo mention that when she was a child she would obsessively organize her families drawers. She mentioned one day she organized a drawer in the hallway which was full of random things, scissors, glasses, caps, etc. Then the next day she organized a drawer in the kitchen, when she opened the drawer in the kitchen she could have swore that she already organized this drawer before because it was filled with the same random things in the hallway drawer. Then she realized the home had drawers all filled with random similar things all over the place. This is when she said to organize by category and not location. So for example, all office supplies will be in one spot, all papers will be in one spot, etc. Items should not be in random drawers all over the house.
4. Organize Vertically: Things like for example clothing, should be folded and organized vertically so you can see every piece of clothing you own, and have easy access to it. It looks neat and tidy too!
5. Tidy up all in one shot: Marie Kondo said “If you tidy up in one shot, rather than little by little, you can dramatically change your mind-set” can you imagine how good it feels to come home from work to sit down and have a cup of tea and just relax, and do very little to maintain your space? It is lovely, I can tell you, I have had five months of stress free cleaning.
Those are a few things I really liked that she mentioned in her book. There is just so much more. I could write so much more, but I didn’t want to make this post to long, or spoil the book. I feel Marie Kondo really deserves the credit for her hard work to figure out a such a great method (The KonMari Method). I appreciate her writing this book and being able to get this knowledge into my head. It really has changed my life, and I haven’t had clutter issues or overly messy home every since! But I URGE you to read the entire book!