We’ve all been there. After spending hours cleaning and organizing, we step back to admire our work and vow to keep things looking neat and tidy. Yet time and time again, the space we cleaned reverts to its cluttered state. The problem is, when most of us clean and organize, we are really just rearranging our stuff.
The key to lasting tidiness is to only keep those things that bring us joy. This is the premise of the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Upand the basis of this challenge. The author and developer of this system, Marie Kondo, spends her days teaching people her “KonMari” method, and she makes the amazing claim that nobody who completes her system has ever rebounded and reverted to messiness and clutter. This is because as you go through her prescribed method of tidying, your mindset changes and your perspective shifts. Even if you have failed in the past, or think you are just “not a clean person,” or even if you think you are lazy, you can do this!
One of the keys to lasting tidiness is to do it once, and do it right. The KonMari method can take anywhere from a weekend (if you live in a very small space or just have a room to yourself) to six months or longer. But the tasks are broken down into easy, manageable parts so that you won’t get overwhelmed or lose steam part-way through.
This challenge that has been developed for you will last for about six months, but there will only be one assignment per week that will take anywhere from a few minutes up to an hour or more (depending on how much stuff you have). I know six months seems like a long time, but ask yourself this: How long have you been trying to truly get your house in order? How long do you think it will take to do it, and keep it that way? Do you feel like you are doomed to tidy for the rest of your life? Do your possessions seem to multiply, no matter how much you throw out? If so, the possibility of being done in six months and never having to do it again is pretty amazing. Of course, I’m not saying that you will never have to do the dishes or the laundry again. But if you follow this program fully, your home will never revert to a state of clutter and disorganization.
During this course, we will cover topics like:
- Why tidying a little at a time, or room by room, doesn’t work
- What to do if your family members are the messy ones
- The correct order for tidying so that you don’t rebound
- What to do when you can’t throw something away
- The proper way to fold and store your clothes
- How to decide whether to keep something or get rid of it
- How to store books, papers, and sentimental items
It’s no secret that our environment affects every part of our life, including our emotions and physical health. Most of us (if not all of us) would love to live in a clean, relaxing environment. The good news is, this is actually possible (even if you have kids)! And the effects will be amazing.
- Your decision-making skills will increase and be applied to all areas of your life–not just to housekeeping.
- By going through all your possessions, you will also process your past and be able to let go of things that may be holding you back from your true potential.
- You will clarify your true ideals and set a standard of excellence for yourself and the things you own.
- You will be happier and more peaceful without all the noise of excess possessions. You’ll be surrounded by only those things that bring you joy.
So, are you ready to take the plunge? If so, just move on to the second post in this series. And please subscribe! When you subscribe , you will receive my Ordered Checklist for an organized home, plus other surprise freebies you don’t want to miss! (I’ll email you the checklist and surprise bonus items when you confirm your subscription. But as soon as you subscribe, you’ll get to see my famous pants folding video!)
Are you worried you don’t have time for this? Take heart! Everything is broken down into small, manageable weekly tasks. So go ahead and enter your email address below to begin your journey towards a peaceful, organized home! And be sure to share this on Facebook and Pinterest! (And follow Ice Cream Inspiration on Facebook and Pinterest, too, if you would be so kind!)
One thing that is crucial to your success is going in order! Please don’t just skip around to the things that most interest you. Going in order is key to avoiding relapse! You’ll find the link to the next post at the bottom of each post, or you can also visit the Transform Your Home, Transform Your Life page where all the posts are listed.
Are you ready to change your life? What are you waiting for?
Next week’s post: Preparing for the Challenge.