The Art of Tidying

tidyRecently, we’ve had several patrons ask us about books about decluttering. The one that keeps coming up (and is pratically being fought over at the library) is Marie Kondo’s THE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP : THE JAPANESE ART OF DECLUTTERING AND ORGANIZING. Until I saw a YouTube video about this on the weekend, I didn’t know what all the fuss is about. Apparently, I’ve been missing out.

Kondo takes the simple idea of loving items to the world of organization. You have to love something, or feel that it makes you happy, in order to keep it. Everything else is clutter.  She begins by showing how to do this with clothing—taking everything out of your closets and going through it item by item. If you don’t feel happy when you look at the item, you et rid of it.

Sounds simple enough, right? But what about all of those sentimental attachments we have with our things? That baby-soft t-shirt with the holes in it that we’ve worn since university. Those shoes that always give us blisters, but boy, were they a great deal! That ugly painting you got for your wedding from Aunt Marge that she did herself.  All of these things can have an emotional pull that we can’t get past.  But Kondo explains how to thank the items for their usefullness, and then learn to discard.

You can watch her Google talk about the idea right here:

As it turns out, many people have done their own YouTube videos based on Kondo’s ideas. Not sure if this is the right way for you to declutter? Check out one of the many fun and informative videos to see if it might work for you. Even if it doesn’t, there is a certain satisfaction in watching someone else purging their items. You might get inspired.

Place a hold on this book at the library….it’s quite popular!

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