Joy, yes JOY is what Marie Kondo from The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, says is important for keeping a Tidy home that you feel your best in. I’ll admit, I’m not a tidy person by nature. I love to create new things and when my mind gets racing, I leave a tornado-like path behind me. But I’ve been working on being tidier and keeping the house clean instead of rushing to clean up before people get here. Does anyone else have that problem?🙋
Getting rid of STUFF
So here’s how it works. We spend a lot of time cleaning up things in our house, but in her book, Marie Kondo focuses on the importance of getting rid of stuff before cleaning and tidying. Which makes total sense right? The more stuff you get rid of, the less you have to clean. But now comes the tricky part. How do you actually get rid of stuff in your house? How do you know what to keep and what to get rid of?
Hold each piece in your hand
That’s where JOY comes in. Marie Kondo suggests picking up each item in your house, room by room (I know it sounds like a lot of work, but it’s worth it!) and seeing if it sparks joy. For example, I started with my clothes in my closet. Instead of just looking at each piece of clothing, I held it in my hand and decided if I felt joy when I held it.
I know it sounds strange, but when you try it, you just KNOW if it gives you joy or not. There were plenty of clothes in my closet that I held and felt happy, but then there were a lot of clothes that I knew right away were not making me joyful. They were the clothes that I only wore a few times a year because they didn’t fit perfectly. Or the shirts that were slightly shrunken from too many washes. Or the new pants that I bought and once I brought them home I realized I didn’t like them as much as I thought.
These were the clothes that I needed to get rid of. The ones that didn’t make me feel happy.
Room by room
Next, I made my way around the room and started picking up other objects. I had a throwaway trash bag and a thrift store trash bag on the floor next to me. I picked up candles, decorative items, necklaces, and anything else I could find. I held them each to see if I felt a connection or joy. After I was finished in the bedroom, I moved to the bathroom. This was the real winner.
I found so many toiletries and makeup items that I haven’t used for years. Do they make me happy? No, because I haven’t even used them and they take up space. Getting rid of things in each room all at once actually gave me a sense of relief! I continued moving from room to room doing the same thing. And you know what? In the end, I had more than 2 trash bags full of things (which I’d like to call joy-sucker-outers) that I was ready to throw away and donate to people that might make them happier than they make me.
Now there are certain exceptions to the rule. For example, my dog, Lily’s, food and water bowl stand. Does it make me feel happy? No. Would I like to buy a nicer one someday? Yes. But does she need the food and water bowls right now? Yes. There are certain items in the house that don’t necessarily give you joy but you have to keep them for one reason or another, and that’s OK. For these items and what to do with those pesky “tidy killers” like papers, heirlooms, pictures, and so much more, Marie Kondo has solutions in her book!
Surrounded by the things I love
I have to say, walking around my house now, I actually do feel more joyful. I’m surrounded only by the things I love. Things that make me smile, things that have memories attached, and things that I truly need.
Now, when I go around and clean my house or get rid of things, I don’t focus on what I have to get rid of, I focus on what brings me joy, and what I want to keep.
Now, for tackling
the place where tools and building supplies go to die the basement…😱
What spaces in your house do you need to tackle? Do you have any tricks for getting the job done and keeping it clean?
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