Saturday, May 16, 2015

Spring Cleaning

I'm going to start this entry by apologizing to all of the people who have been talking to me lately because I cannot stop talking about, "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing."  Sorry. However, I feel as though I must 'shout it from the roof tops' because I feel so strongly about the lessons in this book. My poor husband is taking the brunt of it. We are in mid-purge...well, I am in mid-purge and he is quickly picking up on how not to hold on to objects that don't inspire joy in his life. If I'm not careful I might fall into that list - luckily he's VERY patient.

What I find compelling about this book and particularly its relation to interior design is the dilemma I often face when meeting with Clients. I'm usually brought in because the house is no longer inspiring the Client. One of the main things the house needs: a ginormous purge. I'm all for repurposing items - but only the items that truly make the Client happy. It's also not uncommon that the Client will hire a professional organizer to help them while also working with me on the design. I really hope that all Organizers out there read this book and incorporate the method into their practice. I know that this book has changed the way I will interact with Clients going forward.

The KonMari Method that Marie Kondo introduces is key. Starting with clothing, we can work through our emotions attached with each item. It's more of a process of self-discovery and in the process you get to know yourself better and what really makes you happy, which leads to you bringing more of that joy into your life.

For those of you that don't have the time to read but spend a lot of time in your car, like myself, there is an audiobook available through iTunes and Audible.com. I think this was a better way to approach the book because it wasn't until the first 90 minutes had passed until the book really grabbed me - that's when I really started learning a lot. That is probably why there is a summary version available. "A 15-Minute Summary & Analysis of Marie Kondo's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing"

Enjoy! Happy Saturday!