Did I tell you that I had many great intentions of Marie Kondo-ing my home this new year? I have the books – both The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, which I read a few years ago and Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up. If you’re going to read just one of them, I’d suggest Spark Joy. It’s much more of a “how to” but also includes all of Kondo’s words of wisdom.
I cleansed my closet based on her program once. Could probably do it again. I was ready to get my game plan together and get going on this because have I showed you our diabolical junk drawers?
Here you go.
I feel like my house is just a treasure trove of junk shoved in this, that and that drawer, this closet, that cabinet. What’s lurking back in those drawers? Would love to know. I’m sure I’ve bought more tape, thumbtacks, pins, staples, nails, etc. simply because I’d shoved the previously purchased ones in a junk drawer, heaped more junk on top of them and eventually they simply ended up in the recesses of the drawer unable to be detected by the naked eye.
Outside of the drawers and cabinets, our home is quite tidy and pretty for the most part. But digging deep, things get scary.
Organize in Five
But, although I intend to create a little Marie Kondo-esque initiative as I go through the organizing of my house project and I loooove her beautiful, simple books and her equally sweet program, I am also giving the Organize in 5 system a go. This is a simple but very functional online decluttering, simplifying program from the Get Organized Gal. Each day throughout the year she provides you with one five-minute tidying, simplifying, decluttering, or organizing task. I’ve already decluttered my children’s artwork from the pantry door, got my unders’ drawer tidied, and cleaned out and organized cookbooks and recipes!
Organize Whole Rooms
Along with that, I am also working through Bowl Full of Lemons‘ The Complete Book of Home Organization, which I actually began last January but am still making my way through. Her program is fabulous for tackling whole rooms. Using ideas from the book, we took Maddie’s room from baby girl to this…
Organize Your Life
And after owning it for several years, I’m putting my Organize Now! Think & Live Clutter-Free to use. This one is more of a system to help you de-clutter your brain, which in turn apparently leads to better life organization. Based on the state of our drawers, my closet and some of our cabinets I fear that the junk crammed in the recesses of our home might perhaps mirror some psychological and/or emotional issue that I’m not aware of withing my being. Like most humans of today, I’m a busy, busy gal trying to get “just one more thing” done every day. I tend to cram too much in on a daily basis.
The first project in Organize Now! is listing your top 10 priorities (working from the heart and not the head) and making sure that the decisions you make and things you bring into your life reverberate with these top priorities. I love this. I obviously listed my husband and kids as my number one priority, but right after that, I listed my parents. It made me realize that I need to make space for spending more time with them.
So, I’m somehow piecing all of these books and programs together to get my brain and my home in a more organized state. I’ll keep you updated!