last feature for the paper, I wrote about how using the
Marie Kondo method of
decluttering my home has impacted me as an organizer to my core.
She encourages us to keep only the stuff that makes us happy. This
is actually a tall order, and not an insignificant psychological
feat. While I was on my organizing kick last year, I hit a wall
when it came to the paper purge, and the whole process got put on
the shelf. Then I hit critical mass, with the excess stuff of
having two growing children cluttering up my basement and work
As I continue to work on “the purge of all times”, it is easy
for me to get sidetracked and lose my motivation. Luckily, Marie
Kondo’s new book,
Spark Joy arrived just in time. I’m in the middle of it,
and have to stall the urge to put it down, just so I can go get rid
of some more unwanted stuff. This book is much more in-depth and
descriptive, complete with illustrations on how to fold your
clothes properly to maximize drawer space.
I’m eagerly anticipating reading Chapter 6, about getting
rid of paper. I’ve built this task up so much in my mind that it
has paralyzed me. I’m afraid I’ll shred something I may need down
the line. Yet, if I’m being honest with myself, when was the last
time I actually needed to reference one of my paid bill statements?
I can’t remember. Surely, going through this category of stuff will
feel just as liberating as shedding the bags and bags of clothing I
did last March. Wish me luck, this duty is next on my list.
In Sunday’s Life section, I wrote a column about my own
home organizing challenges. Even as an organizing professional,
I still wage a battle against clutter on a regular basis. I hope
that you’ll find some of my ideas about how to tackle that looming
mountain of stuff in your living space, inspiring.
Yes, I have just two favorite home organizing books. I’ve read
many, but only two have actually changed the way I think about home
organizing. This is the best time of year to gear up for
organizing your living space to better fit your needs. You’ve
just accumulated more wonderful possessions from the holidays, and
now you need places to put them. In next Sunday’s paper, I’ll
write more in depth about the process of purging. For now, here are
two book recommendations, as you consider what to get rid of
and how to fit your new belongings into your daily life.
The Life-Changing Magic of
Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. This book really has changed my life
for the better. Her determinant for what to keep and what to
toss is, does it spark joy? Not only did this help me get rid of
lots of excess, but it stays on my mind as I shop, so I am less
likely to buy impulsively. Kondo also encourages you to purge
by category of item, not by room. This was a game-changer for me.
I’ve got her newest book
Spark Joy, due out on January 5, on order and I am so looking
forward to its arrival.
My next favorite is Organizing From the Inside Out
by Julie Morgenstern. I love this book because she really
delves into how to arrange your living spaces so that they make the
most sense for how you live your daily life. She also gets specific
about filing systems and how to store all kinds of items.
Morgenstern encourages you to think of your spaces in terms of
zones, and how you use them. For example, a living room might have
zones for reading, watching TV and doing homework. Then you work
off of that footprint for where to put things you’ll need to access
for those activities. She compares it to the way a Kindergarten
classroom is organized. I just loved that principle and it has
really stuck with me.
I hope the approach of the new year has you motivated,
energized and ready to improve your home’s function through the
power of organization. We can go on this journey together.