Let’s Get Real about Organization

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Can we be really real for a minute?

(I mean, we’re just talking about organization, don’t stress too much.)

What do you all think about Marie Kondo? You know, the Japanese decluttering guru who tells us to thank our socks before we roll them in particular ways.

Uh-oh, can you tell what I think just from that last sentence? Let me back up a little.

I am someone who has lived among clutter my whole life. It’s not like I’m a hoarder; rather, I’m comforted amidst piles upon piles of things. I love photos, kitchen gadgets and saving cards to send in the mail for my good friends’ upcoming birthdays. I have a penchant for buying clothes—I can’t resist a good sale at The Gap. And there is always a sale at The Gap. My kitchen island is vast, and though I swore when we moved into our house that it would always remain clear and empty, it is anything but. It’s a dumping ground for whatever is in my hands when I walk in the front door. Basically, my relationship with clutter is: I’m drowning in it.

When The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up came out, I read it. I enjoyed it. I thought it was a little woo-woo, and maybe I wasn’t going to fold my clothes the precise way Kondo did using her namesake KonMari method, but the big ideas seemed sound.

(If you want a deeper explanation short of reading the book, Gwyneth’s team at GOOP has one here.)

I wasn’t itching to get out of my arm-chair and attack the piles of clutter in my house. And while I’ve seen a lot of posts about bloggers and Instagrammers who have started using Kondo’s method, it occurred to me the other day that I’ve never seen anyone post that they’ve finished. Kondo herself says her method is thorough, and it takes a lot of time. But once you finish decluttering with her strategies, you’ll never need to do it again. So then why aren’t more people finishing?

This winter, I’ve been desperate to purge, purge, purge, in hopes of living in accordance with the William Morris quote of having nothing in my house that I do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful (not a far cry from Kondo’s own mantra). And though the KonMari method seems like a logical place to turn for such an attack on the piles on piles of stuff, I just can’t bring myself to get there.

I’d love for one of you reading this to show me the light. Have you decluttered using the KonMari method? Did you finish? Can you fill me in on what I should be doing? I’m all ears.

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