The book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” has now shown up three times in the past month and a half. The first time was through the Alexandria Stylebook. The next was with Apartment Therapy’s Instagram account, and finally, with the Jess Lively “Life With Intention Online” course. I knew I had to buy the book.
Every now and again, for as long as I can remember, I’d get in these moods and want to “throw everything away.” I’d open a closet, or a drawer, get rid of a few items, re-organize, feel better for a little while, and then shortly thereafter, still feel unsettled. It was like a never-ending circle. And let me tell you, my stuff is pretty neat. My closet is color coordinated; I have all of my tops in one place, pants in another, and dresses in another. Do I have nights where I got off work so incredibly late that my stuff is strewed about? Oh my gosh, of course! But nonetheless, once I get everything back in order, I’m still like “why the hell do I feel like this?”
Well, Ms. Kondo explains that in order to effectively tidy, we must get rid of things that do not bring us joy. I guess it’s the same definition of insanity—doing the same thing over and over to expect different results.
As I finished the book just the other day, my life has evolved in a way I didn’t think it would. I have been waiting patiently (something I am terrible at doing) to go through all of my belongings and get rid of the ones that do “spark joy.” In fact, to celebrate my birthday and a “new year” I’ve decided to take the day off of work to accomplish this task. Expect a full report that may be well over 333 words. Until next time…