Join in on the closing discussion of our September book club and find out what we’re reading in October!
Sifting through the contents of our collective lives is not a task that can be completed in a day. Nor in a weekend. Not even in a month. Yes, one thing that became abundantly clear throughout the pages of Marie Kondo’s The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up is that there’s no quick fix for dealing with a messy life, no matter how much we may wish for one. It’s difficult, emotional work but, if you’re willing to put in the time and energy, the effort will pay off in spades. Who knew that a clearer head, less stress…happiness, were hidden beneath the clutter of our lives?
One month in and I still have plenty of work to do (I have yet to tackle my closet of art supplies), but I can confidently say my clothes are still neat and folded. After traveling for the past few weekends without much time to neatly unpack and repack between trips, I was left with a substantial amount of clothes and paperwork to deal with. While I had made a mess initially — one that I’m sure Marie Kondo would take issue with — I was amazed by how quickly I was able to dispatch everything to its place using the methods learned in the first portion of the book. What usually would have taken me at least a couple of hours was reduced to just 30 minutes of work. As someone who was initially skeptical of the buzz surrounding this book, I’m (mostly) now convinced Kondo’s method of “choosing joy” is potentially life-changing. “Mostly” because I largely disagree with her method in regards to discarding photographs. With no grandparents to relay the history, the huge cache of family photographs — and the notes included with them — my family has stored have been an invaluable resource in tracking our history. While yes, it may be wise to discard those blurry scenic photos taken while driving or the likely large amount of failed selfies on your phone, I believe a bit more care and forethought should be taken with family photos, especially old ones.
In the coming months I’m looking forward to slowly and methodically tackling the remaining categories of stuff in my home. The box of beauty samples, under the kitchen sink, my messy and disorganized pantry, these are the places I always intend to organize but never seem to get around to…until now.
I’d love for you to share your experience with this book in the comments! Did you participate in September’s book club? What are your thoughts after putting Kondo’s methods to use? And for those who are interested in learning the methods we’ve been discussing, we’re giving away a copy of the book to one lucky reader! Check out what we’re reading in October and then scroll on to learn how to enter.
October’s book club pick: M Train by Patti Smith
Despite telling myself that I wasn’t going to choose another memoir, having just finished up Kim Gordon’s fantastic Girl in a Band, here I am, Patti Smith’s new book, M Train, in hand. But M Train isn’t your average tell-all — in this quick read, Smith vacillates between dreams and reality as she traverses the process of artistic creation.
We’ll be discussing a few chapters each week throughout the month, so be sure to grab a copy and join in!
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