I knew this moment would arrive one day. What moment is that you ask? Two words: the purge.
As I’m sure you’ve noticed, I am a lover of “stuff” and have been my whole life. While I’ve eased up my shopping habits in recent years, starting a product- and project-based business, having a blog, and getting married all equate to their own influxes of objects, something I’ve referred to numerous times here on TNTP and my Instagram. There’s finite space in our tiny #casadegloob (not to mention the four families in NJ who are housing the rest of our stuff for the time being — yep, you read that right, FOUR) and if we want to remain in our cozy little corner of Chelsea without going totally insane, something has got to give. (If you remember, tidying is one of my “New Year’s” resolutions!)
I also knew that when this day arrived I would turn to Marie Kondo, famed Japanese master of streamlining and organizing, for help. My best friend Becky happened to have a copy of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, which I promptly cracked open and began taking notes. If you’re considering clearing your home of excess stuff, I absolutely encourage you to read this short yet incredibly helpful book. After a lifetime of testing every tidying method under the sun (seriously, she used to tidy for fun as a kid!), Kondo breaks down each category one by one, giving you strict instructions on the best and most efficient way to sort through everything in your home.
(Note: Initially when brainstorming this post I had planned on reiterating the main takeaways from the book, however there’s so much good stuff in there and Kondo has a way of putting an impactful perspective on it, so I guarantee you’ll get the best results if you just read this quick & easy book!)
As you can imagine, tidying your entire home is a major undertaking so I highly encourage going into it with that mindset but knowing the outcome is going to be so worth it. Kondo recommends that instead of tidying little by little, make it a once-in-a-lifetime “special event” while your “spirits are uplifted” so that you never have to do it again. The idea is that not only are your purging your home of unnecessary stuff, but you are also finding a home for each remaining item, enabling you to quickly and easily return each item to its correct spot every time you’re done using it. The result should be more time in your life to enjoy quiet bliss in your tidy space. Sounds great, right?