As spring break approaches, some of you may realize that your room is in desperate need of decluttering and cleaning. Your closet is stuffed, papers swamp your desk space, and you can’t even remember what color your carpet is because of the numerous belongings piled on top of it. What better time than spring break to clear the clutter and start the next term off fresh? Before beginning your spring cleaning journey, you need to read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, a NYT best seller with over 2 million copies sold worldwide.
In The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, author Marie Kondo writes about the process she uses for herself and her clients. As a decluttering and organizing expert, Kondo has developed a perfect method of decluttering through trial and error. Kondo advises that you go through your items in categories in a specific order. She begins with clothes because those are easy to discard. Next is books, papers, and then miscellaneous. Finally, she finishes with mementos, because those are the hardest things to part with.
One of Kondo’s general principles is to keep only the possessions which spark joy. You may ask yourself, what does that mean? For me it’s a maroon shirt that makes me smile and the leather boots that I’ve worn so often I’ve had to resole them. It’s the durable grey backpack I carry daily and my beloved Sony headphones. I use these items each week and they bring me happiness. By only having the possessions you love and cherish, your living space will be full of happiness and free of items that you feel mediocre about seeing or using.
Not only does Kondo discuss how to declutter, but she also writes about how to organize your things after you have purged your excess belongings. She has special techniques for folding shirts, storing items, and keeping everything in its place. If the thought of tidying your belongings seems daunting, this book will give you direction and advice for the entire process.
To get your copy of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, order the book through the WOU Library (Summit) or find it on Amazon.
Have you read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up? What did you think of it? Do you have any spring cleaning tips? Comment below!