Thursday, February 19, 2015

This book literally changed my life.

Such a cliche, but it's true. The Marie Kondo bestseller has been the topic of many think pieces and media attention. And after reading it, it's easy to see why.

I was reading a passage in this book about the way that clothes want to be folded! Yes! The clothes have a way that they want to be folded! You will "feel" the way that the clothes will need to be stored. "Psh, this sounds like a bunch of hooey," I thought to myself. It just so happens I had a load of clothes in the dryer. As the buzzer went off, I realized I had a perfect opportunity to try the folding styles she mentioned in the book. 

Lo and behold the clothes spoke to me. It felt great to fold them in the perfect pockets like she instructs. Maybe there was something to this after all. As I finished this load, I was annoyed with the other clothes in my dresser, not folded in the perfect way...I couldn't wait to get started. 

In a nutshell, Kondo says that you should take each item you own in your hands and ask yourself, "Does this item bring me joy?" Once your get rid of the excess, you should be left with only items that you want to care for. The theory is that once you have only the items that matter, you can focus on the important things in your life. Kondo claims that none of her clients have relapsed and that many end up losing weight, looking better and they are able to focus on long-shelved dreams and aspirations. 

After clearing almost all of the sections in my house, I woke up the next day refreshed and felt lighter and healthier than I had in years. I wish I had taken more before and after pictures, but I really didn't know this would be a life-changing activity (even though it's in the title of the book!) Another thing that I love about the book is that she encourages you to use the things that you already own to help you organize. 

I will say that I have felt better (although there has still been some tidying in between). I am actually thinking of getting rid of more.  And since I have cleared my wardrobe, people have been complimenting my outfits more often. 

Honestly it's such a short read for such a life-changing book.

Recycled storage containers

Look at that upright folding!