The Magic of Tidying Up

I just finished reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, by Marie Kondo.  If you haven’t read it yet, I definitely recommend it and following the advice, not that I’ve done all of what she says but it definitely has changed my life.

She provides strategies for creating space and decluttering so that we can get the most out of life. Her advice is simple and her words keep resonating in my head. Her basic premise is to consider all that you have and ask yourself whether each item brings you joy. If it doesn’t, she tells you to get rid of it so that you can create space for what does.  I absolutely love this and keep thinking about everything I see now and wonder if it brings me joy. If it doesn’t, I’m letting it go and clearing it out. It feels so good to get rid of stuff, I can’t even tell you.

My mom was here last week and I was telling her about the book and how I want to get rid of everything but that it takes time to clear things out. I pointed to a cabinet in my kitchen and she started asking questions and the next thing you know, we’re clearing out the cupboards and now they are empty. The space is ready to be repurposed and I can’t wait. Right now I love just knowing that the shelves are empty and that there is order.  I can’t wait to do more.

I called my sister to tell her of my a-ha moment and she told me she was reading the same book and was already clearing out her closets! She sent me pictures of the pounds and bags of stuff she was ready to recycle and sent me pictures of her newly organized closet. She was so happy. I couldn’t believe we were both reading the same book at the same time and sharing similar experiences.

My favorite part of the book is the end. The book is about learning how to declutter and find a space for everything and putting things back every day so that you have more time to do what you love and to spend less time wasting life on tidying and looking for things you can’t find.  She helps you to learn how to make decisions and to chose what is meaningful and these processes relate to all other parts of our lives.

She says, “pour your time and passion into what brings you the most joy, your mission in life. I am convinced that putting your house in order will hep you find the mission that speaks to your heart. Life truly begins after you have put your house in order.”

I think by deciding what you want and don’t want and by being actively present and aware as you make these decisions, these small daily decisions will actually help you to decide what else you really want in your life and to take action right now.

I already noticed in a change in my thinking. This morning I woke up and decided I wanted to go to the Farmer’s Market. Usually I’ll sit around and read the paper and make excuses why I shouldn’t move or go out. Today was different and I made a decision to go and invited Jeff to join me. He said yes, and we went on a spontaneous date together that made my day. I loved walking around, seeing friends, gathering food for dinner tonight, and eating breakfast together outside.


When we came home, I decided I wanted to cook Thai food and learn how to poach chicken. I spent several hours in the kitchen cooking and preparing dishes, just for fun. I didn’t procrastinate, as I usually do, and I enjoyed cleaning out the kitchen and just being home, playing and cooking. I loved seeing the kids come in to pick at my food and to enjoy my work and that an impromptu dinner was ready when they were hungry. I loved bringing out my beautiful dishes that I love, and actually using them just for me.  I think this is what Marie Kondo was talking about.

I created space. I made decisions. I enjoyed what I love and today was good.

I wish the same for you. Clear out the clutter. Create space. Do what you love.  nAMaste. xo

9 thoughts on “The Magic of Tidying Up

  1. Aahh!! I am loving the fact that you have come upon this book!! A dear friend gave this book to me a month ago, and it truly has changed my life !! Just yesterday, I laid out all of my shirts and blouses, put my hand on each one, and told myself” does this bring me joy?” .. I got rid of so much .. And briought the rest to a women’s shelter… Knowing I have less to deal with has given me the gift of quality time with my family and friends.. So simple .. 😊

  2. That’s awesome sister. I just did my linen closet today. I can see everything! I got rid of another construction bag worth of things that I don’t need or want anymore! This is such an inspirational book! …and you know if my cluttery butt can do it, anyone can! Love you soul sister!!!

  3. I bought this book on a whim on Friday! And read half of it that night. By Saturday morning, Hubs and I were cleaning out our kitchen. I don’t know how this is possible, but we took 9 boxes of items out and away! By Sunday, we had completely scrubbed and refreshed our cooking space (the heart of the home). I feel energized and buoyed by our weekend devotion to clearing space.

    • It’s so liberating and exciting to let go of stuff and to feel like it’s okay!! Isn’t it crazy that you were able to fill 9 boxes with stuff you no longer need? Enjoy the fruits of your labor and feeling “skinny.” I wonder what you’ll do with your new sacred space?? Congrats!!

  4. I bought the book last night and have my first carload to take to the NNS today! Felling very energized and hubby is happy, too! He mentioned the book to me about a month ago or so, but I didn’t act on it until I heard your story! Thanks for sharing.

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