Have you heard of Marie Kondo? If you haven’t, she’s my soulmate and I want to say that up front. If you have and you’re just not that into her… keep on moving, crazy. This blog post is not for you.
I am a VERY organized and structured person, it’s one of my favorite parts about myself. I LOVE lists and cleaning out my house. Therapy corner: This directly ties back to my childhood and how I learned to cope with stress and anxiety, it’s really worked out for my husband. Back to my sweet Marie, she’s a tiny little angel who goes around to people’s homes and helps them declutter and simplify their lives by asking “Does this spark joy for you?” She has a show on Netflix and a website, highly recommend….don’t roll your eyes, it’s life changing.
Marie has basic rules for tidying up. Ah rules, thank you sweet, structured angel. I want to elaborate(how I interpret and apply them) on these a bit and bring them down to our undeserving level. I’m trapped in a rabbit hole people, I’ve cleaned out my Grandmother’s closet (hi, Grandma!), and have been working on my parents home for 3 weeks now. My Mom is completely opposite than me when it comes to cleaning out and purging so this has been super fun (love you, Mom!). Call me, I’ll come clean yours out too, I’m on a roll. Here are Marie’s rules.
RULE 01 Commit yourself to tidying up – Mind over matter here. Identify the areas that needs attention, mark off some time to get them done and dig in whole heartedly.
RULE 02 Imagine your ideal lifestyle –You know how like on Real Housewives you see their homes and most of them have perfectly organized refrigerators, pantries and closets? And you think to yourself, “Wow, that’s really pretty, maybe I should do my areas that way.” Yeah, that’s not going to be your ideal lifestyle, boo boo. Those darling hot messes have staff. I know, one day we will too, damn it. Alright so for this rule, here’s what you should do. Take this vanity in picture #1 for example. What products do you use everyday? Give those some land on top of your space so that they will be easily accessible and in eyes’ view. What products or tools do you not use everyday? First of all, go through those and make sure #1 they haven’t expired and #2 do you really need them? The things you’ve decided to keep need to find a home in a drawer, cabinet, etc. See picture #2? Yes, like that. This will change your everyday routine and will make it so much easier to keep up with what you’re about to be out of and let you better utilize your 57 things of eyeshadow and samples you’ve gotten from our beloved beauty stores/subscription boxes. Ideal lifestyles for us normal people include baskets and bins to wrangle alike items in.
RULE 03 Finish discarding first –Have you ever gone through a box of paperwork or magazines and thrown pretty much the whole thing away? Or cleaned out your closet and had 8 trash bags of clothes you no longer want? Ahhh it gives me a high like what I imagine sniffing paint would be like. So therapeutic! I don’t know why, it just does. Crap weighs us down, people! So for this rule, attack those closets, junk drawers, stacks of papers, magazines, old pictures, etc and THROW crap away you don’t need or put it in a pile to sale or donate. Go through all those areas and then circle back around and organize later, or do it then if you’re so inclined. Here are a few pictures from our closet and how I’ve grouped and color coordinated AFTER I cleaned everything out.
RULE 04 Tidy by category, not by location- So Marie does this by going through clothes first, which is a fantastic idea because clothes take up so much space. She goes on to do books, memories, etc. I clean out one room at a time because that’s what works for my OCD brain. This method of category not location might work best for you. Either way, it gets the job done so do whatever will keep you motivated and productive.
RULE 05 Follow the right order- Clothes, books, paper, miscellaneous items, sentimental items. This is Marie’s order. This may work wonders for you if you are lost and have no clue where to start on your journey. I will tell you again to do what works best for you but this list can keep you going in the right direction!
RULE 06 Ask yourself if it sparks joy- I know that I annoyed my family to no end every time this phrase came out of my mouth. BUT, if you’re stuck on a sweatshirt from high school or a pair of heels that kill your feet when you wear them, seriously, ask yourself if that item makes you happy. If it doesn’t give you that little inner squeal, part ways with it. For me, black leggings spark hella joy for me so I gave them a whole drawer to live in. Lean in to what you love and your days will be better for it.
I’m going to clean something now. Hope this post sparks some joy for you.