After writing one of my Life Changing Lists I realised that the clutter in my life was getting me down. It was causing anxiety and stress, crippling my creativity and was definitely keeping a lid on my productivity. So upon recommendation from a friend, I bought a book called “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie ‘Konmari’ Kondo. I enjoyed reading it but was more interested in whether the title would live up to its promise…
In case you have no idea who Marie Kondo is or what it means to do a once-in-a-lifetime tidy, I decided to do a little pre-tidy video to explain what all the fuss is about. Enjoy!
And so it began.
I wasn’t keen to share this with the world as I find it pretty shameful, but what the hell – maybe it’ll help another clothes hoarder out there!
It took about 12 hours to get through my clothes. They’d come from 2 wardrobes and a storage unit and ranged from size 6’s to size 12’s thanks to 10 years of weight fluctuation. More of them than I’d care to mention still had tags on them. (You’re welcome, charity shop that received all 30 bags of them!)
The thing that struck me the most was the difference between trying to do a downsize from within the wardrobe vs out on the floor. It’s like an invisible cord is cut when you take it out of the safety of the wardrobe and suddenly it’s just a piece of fabric, not something that you have an intimate relationship with.
I wasn’t sure how I’d reach my goal of clearing 50-60% and yet, by midnight that night, 60% of my clothes were in garbage bags and I already felt lighter!
One day down… 3 to go.
To be honest, the next 3 days were a blur of garbage bags, boxes and back-breaking trips up and down the stairs, filling the car with bags to donate.
Once I was done with the clothes, Marie said I had to tackle the books. I thought it’d be a quick job being that all my books felt special to me and I never felt the need to get rid of any… but of course, once they were out of the bookshelf and onto the floor, suddenly the magic left most of them and I managed to say goobye to over 160! We were able to throw out 2 bookshelves and the books left over now live in one room of the house, not three.
After books came the office and all the paperwork, random electronics (and mystery cables!) that had been collected over the past 10 years. Yawn. This was not an exciting part of the tidy but DAMN did it make a difference! Our office is so much more functional now and I actually enjoy working there – where before I was taking my laptop out to the living room because I couldn’t deal with the clutter. For those about to undertake a tidy: DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP.
I put my bathroom off ’til last because there was so much damn makeup to go through and it all needed cleaning. I ended up sitting on the tiles with a glass of wine and plodding away for over 3 hours to clean every container, wash every brush and throw out about 50% of what I had (most of which was probably 3 years past its expiry!) My bathroom is now visitor friendly for the first time in my life.
Fast foward 3 weeks…
I wouldn’t say I’m 100% done with my tidy. For one, I had a stylist come and help me with my wardrobe (well, what was left of it) and she managed to help me get rid of another couple of bags of clothes and I reckon there’s another bag I could still ditch. Seriously, I LOVE having space in my wardrobe – it’s amazing. I estimate I’m now sitting at 20% of what I used to own. And I still fill an entire wardrobe (and a bit more). Ouch.
I also have a huge pile of stuff to try and sell. Yes, I’ve given away tens of thousands of dollars worth of clothing, but it’d be nice to get a few bucks for some of my best pieces plus the electronics etc. I’ll give them a fortnight to sell after I list them and if they don’t, they’re gooone.
Finally, I reckon my kitchen is FULL of uneccessary items that would be happier with a new home, but I had to draw the line at four days off or my business would have imploded. I’ll definitely do a round 2 tidy and start with the kitchen because I love the idea of having an empty shelf or two. (Who AM I??)
So IS there a life changing magic in tidying up?
Watch the video below and decide for yourself!
PS As per my promise in the first video, I sponsored a World Vision child from Ghana! He’s super cute and my next goal is to save enough money to go visit him. Hopefully, since I’ll be shopping less in future, the goal will be more attainable than before my tidy! 😉
I know a few of you mentioned buying the book when I first started talking about it, so I’d LOVE to hear your own stories and – even better – see some before and after photos! Either leave me a comment or post your story to my Facebook page. Thanks again for reading! 🙂