Well just like the title declares, spring has finally come to us here in eastern Ontario and boy are we grateful! I love when spring comes around, I get to shake off my winter blues, throw open my windows and spring clean my little heart out. This year I feel especially motivated to just rip my house apart from top to bottom and clean it like it’s never been cleaned before, inpart because of a book I acquired on my travels in Ottawa called The Life-changing Magic Of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art Of Decluttering And Organizing by Marie Kondo.
Essentially Kondo has created her own method to tidying your house and keeping it that way. At first I was a bit skeptical and curious so of course I Googled it and there is an ocean of people touting the KonMari Method and how it has changed their lives. So the very basic concept is that instead of working on tidying one room at a time or 5 minutes here and there, you are to gather all items from one category (I mean ALL items e.g. clothes), pick up each item and ask yourself if it Sparks Joy. If so keep it, if not toss it.
Riding the success of her first bestseller Kondo came out with her follow-up companion guide, Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up. In this book Kondo gives us an illustrated guide to her infamous KonMari Method along with such things as folding everything from shirts to socks.
Now I have read the first book and agree that it could easily revolutionize a person’s life but I found the idea of the “Method” to be completely overwhelming in thought. To me, the principles of gathering all of your belongings, from one category, into one huge pile, to be a huge undertaking if you’re in a family. Ideally the “Method” to me seems to be geared more toward a single person.
I would love to actually put the “Method” into practice and give it try this spring so I will update you on the progress, if any…
by Marie Kondo [Ten Speed Press]