I read her second book late last year, a book that left me a little cold. And then watched her TV show on Netflix. I found her personality in complete contrast to the first book I read.
So, I went ahead and jumped on the band wagon, requesting her first book from the library. The book she said to read first. I’ve never been one to do things in the correct order.
I’m still reading the first book and mostly enjoying it. Mostly, I get her ideas although a few parts do leave me going what? And thinking she might have had some childhood issues.
Found myself stuck at home on Monday and Tuesday. Perfect time for a bit of clutter clearing. I decided to just try her method. Starting with only my things as she suggests in the book if you can’t get the rest of the family to join in the “fun”.
Admittedly, I was skeptical about it. I don’t really have too many clothes as I’m not exactly a size where I enjoy clothes shopping. Didn’t think I’d have very much to let go.And folding my clothes like that? Please.
- My clothes mountain was a bit more than a mole hill after all
- Three bags of items to donate!
- And there is actually something kind of zen about folding clothes her way
I really do find a bit of joy opening my drawers and seeing all my clothes, deciding what to wear. It’s nice to have a place to put my clean laundry. We’ll see how this all goes once the laundry (currently mostly done) piles up on us again.
Things listed under clothing I also went through: jackets, bags, shoes, jewelry. Some items on the list didn’t apply to me. I own exactly one swimsuit and no costumes. Not being much of a fashionista this category went pretty fast for me. Books…well, that’s going to be different.
My exact thoughts after finishing category 1 tidying:
- I think her main point is to love the things you own. And not bury the things where you can’t see and enjoy them. This is much easier when the things you don’t want/need/love aren’t in the way.
- The get it all done at once method appeals to my personality. It’s not a spend all your time doing this so much as a finish this category and then, move on to the next. There’s less decision-making for me if I know I’m working on clothes vs picking out a set number of random items each day.
- I really would like to hear her and the Flylady debate.
- Distractions still happen but they’re easier to move past if you have a plan: This is a sentimental item, save for last. This is miscellaneous, save for that category. I can’t go to bed with this stuff everywhere (Especially if it’s covering the bed! Am I the only one wondering if those people in the show slept on the sofa or shoved their things on the floor?).
- Her focus is purely on tidying and clearing out stuff. I like that she’s not telling me how or when to clean my kitchen or bathroom.
- I think this works for me (so far) because I’m in a bit of a transition year. Things look different to me with older kids, one leaving home for college in the fall.
Have you tried tidying up her way? What did you think?
*I may try to update my thoughts on this each Wednesday as I work through all the categories. There’s a great printable checklist here if you want to see the order of clearing items Marie Kondo deems important.