I love organizing. But only in theory. Only when it’s already been created. Like when you walk into a perfectly pristine Container Store and pretend that buying a few of those containers will render your house as perfectly clean and perpetually organized. But creating order is another beast entirely. And not one I’m particularly adept at wrangling.
I am midway through a closet reorganization right now. I’ve been putting off this project for at least six months, and probably longer. But a few weeks ago I read a rave review of a book called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing and it lit a fire under me. First of all, isn’t the title incredible? Life-changing and Magic? To describe “tidying up”? Aren’t you intrigued?
And it’s totally different than any organizing book you’ve ever read before. The advice is both inspiring and practical. My favorite tip is that you should only keep items that “spark joy.” It’s a criteria so ingenious, it helps you narrow down what you want to keep a zillion times easier than any other organizing tip I’ve ever heard. (No more hemming and hawing about “Do I want this? Will I use it again? Have I used it in the past six months?” Nope. Does it spark joy or not? It’s so easy to determine that the process of organizing happens exceedingly quickly.
I was so excited to get started that I couldn’t wait to finish the book to get started. It made me want to start cleaning and organizing. That’s crazy, as normally, I’ll take any excuse not to get started.
I still have a ways to go in my organizing project. After all, Marie Kondo, the author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up suggests you organize your whole house once and claims it’s never necessary to do such an overhaul again, because once you live with the result, you’ll never go back.
All I know is that the “joy” criteria is already affecting what I bring into my house in the first place. Which means Marie Kondo has a point, doesn’t she?
You can buy the book here.