I jumped on the bandwagon and read “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up”.
First, I unlock the door and announce to my house, “I’m home!” Picking up the pair of shoes I wore yesterday and left out in the entranceway, I say, “Thank you very much for your hard work, ” and put them away in the shoe cupboard. Then I take off the shoes I wore today and place them neatly in the entranceway. Heading to the kitchen, I put the kettle on and go to my bedroom. There I lay my handbag gently on the soft sheepskin rug and take off my outdoor clothes. I put my jacket and dress on a hanger, say, “Good job!” and hang them temporarily from the closet doorknob. I put my tights in a laundry basket that fits into the bottom right corner of my closet, open a drawer, select the clothes I feel like wearing inside, and get dressed. I greet the waist high potted plant by the window and stroke it’s leaves.
Froufrou overload. I spent a great deal of time trying to keep my eyes from rolling to the back of my head. It started to go bad for me right in the first chapter when she talks about how once people start this life changing method of tidying – lives are completely changed. One person was so changed they even got a divorce. It’s not that I don’t think a divorce is ever necessary and it may have been the right thing for the person to do, I just don’t know that it should be a selling feature of your method. I was just so happy getting rid of all my extra stuff, I threw my husband out too!
A nit-picky little disagreement I mentioned on instagram. No way that there isn’t going to be some wardrobe cycling in the standard sized closet of standard Wisconsinite couple.
My biggest complaint was the permeating idea of affluence which probably makes sense when you think about the audience of home organization books, but was still overwhelming. I think it’s a little arrogant to assume that people can afford to surround themselves and clothe themselves only in things that “spark joy”. Ideal, perhaps, but also unlikely.
Anyway, all of this to say, while I’m not crazy about all of the book there are definitely ideas worth incorporating (visualizing the life you want to live, organizing by type and not room, and doing it all in one sweep). I’ll fold clothes all fancy if it helps keep my t-shirts more organized and while I’ve never been one for keeping a bunch of mindless paperwork around, I’ll go through and toss out more (though some of the things she deems unnecessary, I use and will keep).
So I’m spending some time thinking about what I want life to look like and how our family home can reflect that. Of all the things she speaks to, I think that is the one thing I will definitely be taking away from this book. It’s always a good idea to begin with the end in mind.