Our September book club pick is here – it just might help you refresh and renew for the season ahead!
The time between seasons has always felt special to me. It’s a time of transition, offering the opportunity to reset, look forward and set intentions for the months ahead. Weather shifts, priorities change. Often, we mark this time of renewal by refreshing our space, clearing the cobwebs that may have gathered during the busy months prior in an effort to think and see more clearly, in all senses. With autumn just around the corner and the time to clean up and clear out upon us, this month’s book club pick felt obvious to me: Marie Kondo’s wildly popular book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. Kondo, a Japanese cleaning and organization consultant, introduces the reader to the KonMari method – a method touted to guarantee lasting results and create a calm and motivated mindset.
Over the past several months I’ve found myself feeling weighted down by the burden of stuff. Too much of it, and not enough space in my small Philadelphia apartment in which to store it. These days, as we seem to accumulate more and more needless things, it’s become increasingly common for people to rent storage units in order to hide away the excess. I’ll admit, this idea is one that has crossed my own mind on more than one occasion, but I’ve refused to succumb, knowing that the solution wasn’t to hide it away, but to finally get rid of the glut and change my ways. For good. As a packrat-by-nature, the guaranteed results of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up were too good to pass up and so, I find myself with Kondo’s book in hand, and plans for some major cleaning and organizing on the horizon.
I’ll be discussing the book and chronicling my journey to tidiness all month long, and I’d love for you to join me! Pick up a copy today and be sure to check back each week for discussion and a breakdown of each section.
This weekend I’ll be diving into the first and second chapters. The first, titled “Why can’t I keep my house in order?,” delves into the why behind our clutter and Kondo’s technique. Here she explains why it’s best to tackle categories over rooms and why being a “storage expert” isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
“People cannot change their habits without first changing their way of thinking”
It’s in this chapter where she recommends tackling your clutter in one full day, rather than over a period of time. While the idea sounds intimidating, it makes sense…how often have you compiled a small bag of goods to donate with plans to do more the following day and then…you don’t? And the bag sits there…and then you pull that sweater you were on the fence about in the first place from the bag and…well, you catch my drift. It’s like ripping off a band-aid – the faster you do it, the faster it will be over and you’ll start to see results.
The second chapter, Finish discarding first, delves into the actual act of decluttering and discarding and the emotional ties we have with the things we needlessly hold on to.
“Keep only those things that speak to your heart. Then take the plunge and discard all the rest.”
It’s here where we’ll truly begin to reckon with the items we’ve held on to for a needless amount of time and where we’ll finally learn how to just let go. For me, this is a big one. With my tendency towards sentimentality, I can think of a number of items off the top of my head I’ve held on to for far too long that just need to go, but until now I’ve been unable – or unwilling – to release my grasp.
+ So, are you in? Whether you choose to grab a copy of Kondo’s book or just follow along here on the blog, I hope you’ll join me on this month-long journey.