Guilt-Free Purging

Loitering Dolls

I went on a much-needed vacation last week and I actually got a chance to read a book: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by [Kondo, Marie]

It may have been the topic was of interest to me, but I was able to read it in a couple of sittings. It gave an interesting perspective on how to clean up and downsize:  Instead or organizing by area/location, organize by category.

people who can’t stay tidy can be categorized into just three types: the “can’t-throw-it-away” type, the “can’t-put-it-back” type, and the “first-two-combined” type.

I am definily of the first type because my goal was, in recent years: A place for everything and everything in it’s place.

In a nutshell, you put all your shirts, for example of a category, on the floor and you pick up each one and if it give you good feelings when you pick it up and touch it, you keep it.

Believe what your heart tells you when you ask, “Does this spark joy?”

The author gives a recommended order of categories that have proven, in her experience, most effective – shirts were first. Once you get the hang of making the keep vs toss decision, the momentum and hang you get from this decision-making pocess supposedly gets easier.

You just need time to dedicate to go through this process. Perhaps during your next rainy weekend, I can negotiate a couple of hours to start with the shirts.

I currently have a one in one-to-two out policy when it came to making clothing purchases.  This method is suppose to make a big dent in the order you go in.

I highly recommend this book if you’re looking to improve your living space and situation. Apparently, once you go through the whole process, you may hit some sort of mental clarity.  Some have changed their careers paths onced they saw what books were left on the shelf.

I’m excited to see where it may lead me!  

How about you – what do you do to keep you space sane?


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