Our home is magical, cozy and a little bit messy." Lucas - age 8
I find it a bit strange that my first post on my family adventure website should be about this rather annoying woman's book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, but in some ways, I think it might be the key to finding more magic in my family.
I write this post as I look at piles of papers that date back to 2008 stacked on either side of my desk. Usually, I simply walk quickly by the desk avoiding eye-contact with the lines that stare at me on the yellowing papers. Today, I nestle within them.
The author, Marie Kondo's basic premise is that when you are only surrounded by the things that you love, you can do great things. You only keep things that spark joy -- everything else gets discarded. The word disgard and dispose that she uses ad nauseum makes my inner environmentalist shudder. I prefer the word "donate". I have these images of the bags and bags of "garbage" (shirts) that you no longer want to wear ending up in some landfill instead of on the back of a nice woman going out for a job interview. Anyway,... as I mentioned.... I find her writing style irritating, but I do think I need to apply her method to my home.
It would be lovely to only have magical thoughts about teaching my children how to cook brewing around my head rather than the two hour frantic search for a recipe that I cut out and bought all of the ingredients for, but now can't find. Marie Kondo states in her introduction that once I do a marathon tidying session, I will have clarity in not only my physical space, but also my emotional, personal and professional as well. Wouldn't that be nice?
I just started the book last night around midnight and thought I would read a page or two and then go to bed. A few chapters in and my heart was racing, Again, not because the writing is riveting, but it made me want to hop out of bed and take everything out of my closets to find only the things that give me joy. Not exactly sure how light bulbs and toilet paper are supposed to "give me a thrill of joy when I touch" them, but I guess I will find out when I keep on reading.
I am about to host my annual swapping party at the end of January. I love this party as it is a deadline for me to get things organized in my house -- even if it means just one closet. However, this magical book inspires you to set aside a chunk of time to organize ONCE. Yup -- that's it folks -- once and you will never really have to "tidy" again.
You look at your whole house category by category -- purses, jackets, books, shoes, cans, DVDs, etc -- and decide what still inspires joy when you touch it and what you can thank for giving you what it had to offer and send it to the swap (or Goodwill) but not the dump please :)
I am going to use my Swapping Soiree as inspiration to literally touch everything I own in my house and determine the level of joy it brings! My friends should expect a truckload of bags at this year's swap!