Last week I shared what I disagreed with from the book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. This week I want to share what I love about the book. If you haven’t read it, I definitely recommend doing so. It’s a pretty quick and easy read, and I think you’ll come away feeling inspired and motivated to declutter and organize.
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The video below is a recording of a Periscope I did about this topic (follow me there at @iheartplanners). If you’d prefer to read rather than watch the video, I have the same information written below the video:
Organize your home “all at once”
The book recommends get your home organized all in one go. She clarifies that by “all in one go”, it takes most people about six months. I found this perspective a refreshing change from all the “do a little each day” advice that I typically see. Personally, I think either the all-at-once or a-little-each-day approach can work, but I think the all at once approach is often overlooked and overrated. I find that it’s often easier and more efficient to get on a decluttering roll and keep on going. Plus that way you will very quickly see dramatic changes, which will help keep you motivated.
Put everything in a pile and choose what to keep
She recommends decluttering by category and placing everything from one category in a big pile. From there, pick up each item and keep only those things that “spark joy.” I love the concept of choosing which items to keep rather than just glancing through things and deciding what to get rid of.
Guilt free discarding
Since she recommends keeping items that spark joy, there’s no guilt in discarding things that don’t do that. She also says that even things you never used (like a shirt with the tags still on) have served a purpose (such as teaching what styles don’t work for you), so there’s no need to feel guilty getting rid of them.
Everything needs a place
She encourages you to find a designated space in your home for every single item. I think this is definitely key to keeping your home tidy. If you take a look at any extra clutter lying around your home, I bet most of it doesn’t have a designated spot.
Don’t spend too much time organizing things you don’t use often
I love how she recommends not spending much time or effort organizing papers. She says you rarely ever need to access them, so they should all have one file. I think this is a great point. I know I’ve spent a lot of time organizing papers that I never touched again. It might not be worth spending lots of time organizing them.
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