If you don’t know, I am a junkie for books. I love love love reading. It used to be more fictional romance, now it is mostly non fiction books. I think reading has for sure helped me in general in life. Sometimes it feels discouraging to read how-to’s but honestly, just take all of it as a whole. Take bits and pieices. Work on a few things at a time, don’t feel like a failure because the books may point out weaknesses, that could be a whole other blog post. I thought since I have been reading a lot of books and loving them, I would start talking about books I have read.
Do you ever feel smothered by stuff and clutter? I know I do. It’s easy for me to save something because I think one day I may need it. So things get shoved into areas and forgotten about. Before long clutter builds up. Sure I may tidy up my house and it will look okay from the outside, but I know about all the dresser drawers stuffed with T-shirts, the chaotic kitchen cabinets, and the unorganized cosmetics under the bathroom sink. Even though they are out of sight, they really aren’t. They aren’t because I open them everyday. I see the chaos and it really does create a little chaos inside of me.
It is really hard for me to get rid of stuff. It feels wasteful, especially with my DIY mentality. I think to myself, well I could possibly use that for this project. I also have a slight fear of using things, mostly my favorite things. Like in grade school I wouldn’t want to use my favorite colored marker because if I used it, then it would be gone. So instead I would hoard it, and it would go dry without any use. This weird concept has applied to other things in my life. Really dumb, I know but I am working on it I promise! When I saw the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing (affiliate link) being mentioned by another blogger, I was instantly interested. It seems lately my “stuff” has been more smothering than normal. I had been wanting to try the audio book version of amazon for awhile, so I thought this would be a perfect chance. I listened to the book in like 2 days while I sewed. It really changed my thought process on stuff and tidying up.
She talked about her history in tidying, and how and why other methods don’t really work. She explains the best way to go through your house and tidy up so you don’t rebound. I know for me I have tried to tidy up and I still feel overwhelmed by stuff. After listening to her book I was geared up and ready to get rid of half my house! Maybe that’s an exaggeration, but really, I was really to get rid of stuff. I started seeing things around the house that I couldn’t wait to get rid of.
A few of her points that really stuck out to me were:
-Does this item spark joy?
-Has this item served it’s purpose?
-Her folding method
-Keep only the things you really love.
She ties everything together so nicely and makes it seem almost fun to tidy up. There were a few things I didn’t really agree with. Like how our things have feelings. I understand that is is Japanese culture to think that, and that’s great, it just didn’t really resonate with me. There were a few other things I can’t see myself doing, but most all of it was extremely beneficial. Loren and I have already gone through our entire wardrobe and gotten rid of TONS. Like tons as in I have empty drawers now and all my summer and winter stuff is combined. I used to store one season, then swap them out. It seems like I don’t really have that much left, but when I look at it I know its only stuff I love. There isn’t anything shoved in forgotten places, I can see it all. The drawers are nice and tidy and not chaotic. It was honestly really sickening to take everything out of my wardrobe and pile it on the floor, I never realized I had that much!
Now that our closets are picked through, it’s on to the rest of the house! If you too feel smothered by stuff, chaotic drawers, and forgotten about items in storage, I would highly recommend this book!