I’m sure many of you have heard of the “tidying” craze hitting social media that originally started as a result of Marie Kondo’s documentary on Netflix “Tidying Up.” I watched the first episode the other night it became so clear why her ideals are so important for American families to learn!
Generally speaking, it seems like our culture tends to reside in a sort of organized chaos. (I’m talking about myself as well.) We typically like to see organization, but once you start to dig a little bit, the disorder starts to become evident. I notice this in my own home when I open my dresser drawers and see clothes wadded up and shoved in there or when I open the hall closet that contains everything classified as “miscellaneous” that didn’t seem important enough to have on display somewhere. Where am I supposed to put those meaningful knick-knacks that don’t serve a purpose anymore but I would feel guilty throwing away?! I try my best to stay organized, but hey, I’m only human.
With that being said, it is so obvious in watching Marie’s show how much being genuinely tidy affects these families in a positive way! Her respect for the items that we keep in the home and willingness to let go of those things that “no longer bring joy” to us is exactly the lesson so many of us need to learn.
Whenever I am organizing my life, I tend to ask myself three questions:
- Have I used this item in the past 6 months?
- Is this item relevant to where I am at in my life right now?
- If this item were no longer in my house, would I miss it a week from now?
Once you answer these questions about that item, you’ll know more clearly where to store it and you might even get excited about using it all over again!
For me, keeping my house in a clean/organized state helps my overall well-being and keeps me from going crazy when I get home from work in the evenings. It’s so much nicer to come home to a clean house rather than one of chaos. Here are some tips from thenester.com to help you cut out bad habits and promote a happy and organized home!
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