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Clear The Clutter- Five Steps to KonMari Your Home

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For me, anxiety is like having the walls continually closing in. When I am sitting at home, my brain is going 1345131 miles a minute going over my stressors- the laundry is everywhere, books are piled up, Tate's toys overtake the house like Nazi's in Poland. It's completely overwhelming to live in a home that feels like its crushing me. When I'm panicking, I need space to collect myself so I can calm down, and you can't do that when there's mountains of clutter and labels yelling at you.
Recently I have read a set of books by Marie Kondo about tidying up the home. Like many of the books I own, my mother had given me these, and since I was pregnant and getting crap for work hours, I had plenty of time to soak in the tub and read.
YO. My life changed. I read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up in 24 hours because I literally could not put it down. To think that I, the girl who has been caught with rotten food in her bedroom, could be so into a book about cleaning is a testament to how legit this book is.
The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up covers methods and tips on how to best declutter and organize your house so that it is neat and spacious. Below I will cover five basic steps to get your home organized and stress free!


1. Commit.

We've been living the same way for years now, and it sucks, right? So if you really want to make a change for good, you have to COMMIT. This isn't an "eh, I'll toss out a box of stuff and call it good" kind of cleaning. This isn't moving your crap around so you can't see it. This is letting go of everything that is exactly what it is- crap (although Kondo usually puts it into much nicer terms). You need to pick a start date and stick with it. It would work best to schedule it when you know you can commit the whole day to going through every bit of your belongings. In some cases it may take more than one day, especially if you're a packrat like I was, or just busy with that thing called life. The point is to keep on plowing through until it's done. You'll know if you've fully committed when you see the results at the end. If it doesn't blow your mind, then you were as half-ass comitted as your ex was.

2. Think About Your Ideal Lifestyle

If you need some motivation to get you into the tidying mindset, think about how wonderful life will be when you're surrounded by the things you love. Picture it in your mind- you come home from a stressful day, on the verge of wigging out, into a home with an airy and inviting feel. The light is soft and cozy, and you immediately throw yourself onto the couch without having to move around last week's laundry first. Your purse, keys and shoes all have a home, and if you suddenly have to leave the house that evening, there's no running about in a tizzy looking for them. Think about how much more calm and relaxed you would be if you didn't have to worry about the detrimental state of your home.

3. Discard, Discard Discard

Now throw everything away.
Just kidding, but you're gonna get close to it if you want to feel the changes. One of the iconic pieces of the KonMari method is narrowing down your belongings. Less stuff, less clutter. But you don't have to go full blown minimalist in order to live a peaceful life- you can stop discarding when you feel you have everything you want to keep.
 

4. Tidy Your Belongings in This Order

Clothes, books, papers, Komono (miscellaneous), and sentimental items. The purpose of this is to get you in shape to properly discard things that don't spark joy. Clothes are something we are constantly cycling through, so getting rid of them is the usually the easiest. By the time you get to the sentimental items, which are usually the most difficult to part with, you would have a better idea on what to keep and what to let go.

5. Does it Spark Joy? 

The mantra of tidying, "Does it spark joy?" This is the litmus test for every item you own, from 2011's prom dress to a dried up pen. Think about the use you get out of each item, or if you have something similar but in better condition. Look at each object and don't just think about whether it gives you joy. Do you feel it? Or is it just a lumpy sweater? Yes you are going to be getting rid of many, many things when you start this journey, but when it's all over your home will feel more spacious and organized. You'll have more room to breathe and easy access to all the things you need. On top of it all, all the things you love and enjoy would be easier to display so that you may share that joy with others.

Start off with these basics for KonMari and get rolling with changing your life. Think about the life you want where your home is cool, clean and inviting. When the clutter is gone, the anxiety starts to subside, and everything gets just a little bit easier.


If you want to purchase your own copy of The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, get it here from Amazon, available in hardback, paperback and Kindle. Also while you're at it, spring for the follow up book Spark Joy, and get detailed instructions and illustrations on how to organize all those things that spark joy in your life.

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