Who hasn’t seen and fallen in love with the Netflix series “Tidying Up with Marie Kondos?!” Based on her #1 New York Times bestselling novel, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing,” Kondo’s has created a way to remove clutter from your closet, junk drawer, car, and heart, allowing you to fully live a life of joy.
Marie Kondos presents the KonMari Method of Tidying in 6 steps:
- Commit yourself to tidying up.
- Imagine your ideal lifestyle.
- Finish discarding first.
- Tidy by category, not by location.
- Follow the right order.
- Ask yourself if it sparks joy.
While some have seen the KonMari process as a little ‘woo-woo,’ I find the holiday season a perfect time to give it a shot. Tidying your home during the holiday season can help to not only de-clutter, but also give more. Right now is the time of year most people are spending tons of money on gifts for others and hot deals, but is it necessary? Have you ever found an shirt in the back of your closet, with the tag still on it, that you know you’ll never wear? We’ve all returned from the store to find we’ve bought something we already had at home… it’s time to tidy up.
Instead of going black Friday shopping, I spent the better part of that weekend purging literally bags full of garbage (broken, damaged, or unusable items), plus two full plastic totes of donations. There was even a perfect little nephew birthday gift found in the bottom of a drawer: my beloved, but too small, Kobe Bryant jersey, which I’d been holding onto since EIGHTH GRADE (yes, almost 20 years)! Needless to say, in case you didn’t know, I’m now officially the world’s coolest aunt. He loved it…called it ‘retro.’
Hooked on that gratification of giving, I also picked up two gifts for foster children in need this Christmas. Giving is the reason for the season, after all! Give thanks for your home, be grateful for the possessions that give you joy, and give items that no longer serve you to others in need. The holidays can get hectic and stressful. A tidy home and a giving hand allow you to fully enjoy this time of year, with peace of mind and space to breathe.
❤ always, Annie Z.
Sources include: Marie Kondos KonMari.com