The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying

Over the summer, I made some big decisions about my life. I signed up for a Masters. I resigned from my job. I did a lot of thinking about what I wanted to do and where I wanted to go and how I wanted to live.

The only problem was that in the process of cleaning up my life, cleaning up my flat had fallen down my list of priorities. Tidiness was not a natural habit of mine. Clutter seemed to follow me around.

Time to try a new life-improving regime. I knew just the one: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo. If you’ve not heard of it, it’s one of 2015’s big self-help successes. It’s been in Amazon’s best-sellers for months now. Seems like I’m not the only one out there who isn’t naturally tidy.

Kondo’s angle goes beyond ‘a tidy home is good to have’. She believes that the process of tidying is transformational,  changing YOU as a person. ‘You will feel more confident, become more successful, and be motivated to create the life you want.’

If you don’t believe her, look at the testimonials from clients! Some seem more realistic than others.

‘I finally succeeded in losing three kilos.’ – very feasible, if you imagine that the tidying process involved throwing away all of your food, and potentially your fridge and oven too.

‘Someone I have been wanting to get in touch with recently contacted me’ – less feasible, unless the tidying involved getting rid of your writing paper by writing that person a letter and disposing of it in a postbox.

Obviously, I was skeptical about the concept of tidying bringing benefits that extended beyond just it being nice to have  an uncluttered home. But in the interests of properly testing this: I had a big, important job interview coming up. One that I was very keen on. Why not see whether the tidying magic would extend to getting me a dream job?

For those interested in the tidying method, here are the core components:

  • Have a big clear-out and do as much as you can at once – don’t do it bit by bit.
  • Touch every item you own and ask if it ‘sparks joy’. If you don’t love it, throw it away.
  • Once you’ve decluttered, that’s the time to find a space for everything.
  • Fold your clothes in the Konmari way. Forget about your clothes sitting in piles in your drawers: they should sit in rows where you can see everything. How to do the folding is best explained by YouTube.

So: how did I get on? Did it change my life? Did I get the job?!!! I’ll save that for my next post. Don’t want to miss it? Subscribe via email.

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