the view from sunday: the life-changing magic of tidying up

True story: I’m an organizer. I love keeping things in order. It doesn’t always look tidy, but there’s a method to my madness. My mom, however, has a bit of a problem letting go. Not I… I purge with abandon. Now that she’s retired, it’s time to start getting rid of all the stuff she’s held on to for the sake of work. Plus all that other stuff she’s refused to let go. Hoping to send her on her magic, cleaning journey, I gave her a copy of Marie Kondo’s The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up in Spanish (hooray for translations!). To make sure she follows through, I picked up a copy myself. She’ll have no excuse but to get to it.

My mom’s hoarding aside, this book is awesome! There are some claims that make me feel a little squinty-eyed with doubt, but most of the advice is incredibly practical and easy to follow. The life-changing magic part? Learning that I’ve been storing my clothes all wrong. Seriously, who knew storing clothes vertically rather than horizontally makes such a difference? So much free space now! Nothing snags when I open a drawer.

My home is so much lighter without all the clutter. Still have far to go before it’s just right, but it’s a start.

Behold, the great purge! All donated, of course.

Now, to bask in the glory of it all.

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Author: gricel d.

writer. librarian. cat lady.

2 thoughts on “the view from sunday: the life-changing magic of tidying up”

  1. “Purge with abandon” is such a great phrase. I’m the same in many ways, though I go through periods of collecting, followed by intense feelings of get-rid-of-everything if I collect too much…

    1. I do too, but I’ve managed to restrain myself in the last year. I had an especially hard time with handbags for a while; I would buy everything that looked like a “bargain” so my closet was a mess of bags. Target is my biggest enemy.

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