Being tidy is a personal characteristic that I with some help and persistence could be improved. Picking up a self-help is a small step towards the bigger goal and essentially learning new habits improve your well-being. Does it really work or is it just a myth, story somebody once told that seems so unbelievable that people actually thing is just another trick of false advertising. Here is my experience – I read it, tried it and failed according to the defined measures of success but personally I achieved my very best and feel like a new men ready to take the world by storm.
When I picked up The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo I had no clue how much I could related to the stories of the author. It was an easy ready and right after I whizz through the 237 pages of guidance my palms were itching to start clearing out my possessions. I paid careful attention and bookmark every detail about Marie Kondo’s method. There is a specific order of tacking tidying that you need to follow which is absolute gold, words of wisdom such as tidy by category not by location or useful tips such as arrange your closet in descending order starting from short to long, when the longest garments are to the right. The book carries on with tricks on folding (yes you were doing it all wrong till now, I tried it can confirm that), methods of how to get rid of papers, and all that small miscellaneous objects that fills up each cupboard. I followed most of her instructions and it really made a difference. I like to emphasize on the word most simply because I could not really relate to some of her theories such as thank your socks, handbag, phone or any other everyday especial for doing such a hard work every day and fold/store them away in certain way.
I must admit that her method is quite a bit of work but it is totally worth it. I throw away 7!! bin bags of 60litres full of clothes, shoes, cosmetics, books, papers and all sorts of miscellaneous items. The air in my home feels lighter, filled with positive and uplifting energy. I can actually see the color of floor of the spare bedroom and once again feel excited about getting dressed by only using my clothes already present in my own closet. My obsessive buying and hoarding behavior is completely changed and instead of accumulating new things I found myself planning of what could I discard.
The mantra of “Does it sparks joy?” is controversial and if you are a true hoarder like me discarding all at once will not work. It took me two and a half days and while I write this my back still hurts from all that lifting, throwing and tidying. Technically I failed her method since I realize that I kept more than one thing that does not spark joy! However, this is an excellent book that gave me fruitful thoughts and clear direction to sort my belongings and de-clutter not only closets and drawers but also my mind. Could not recommend enough. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying: A simple, effective way to banish clutter forever by Marie Kondo costs £7.69 from Amazon (a small price to pay for sanity and well-being).