Our home is magical, cozy and a little bit messy." Lucas - age 8
There is a lot of magic in our home. That said, I sometimes feel encumbered by the sheer numbers of shoes in our closet that I trip on or the beautiful storage boxes I have purchased for my bedroom closet, but never actually put anything in. I just seem to enjoy stumbling over them every time I go into the closet. I know my husband certainly relishes in it.
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!