Marie Kondo received a lot of flack when she suggested that you "get rid of your books" (and she never actually said it quite like that) but this is what it looks like when you apply the KonMari Method to your books.
For some of us, we buy a book, read it, and then keep it on our book shelves (or nightstands, under our beds, in our basements, in the kitchen, in our cars...) However, books are meant to be read, not stored as relics or dust collectors.
As a Certified KonMari Consultant, I’m here to assure you that tidying your books is painless and very effective, but for those of you with a sensitivity to tidying books, you may not want to read any further for there are some shocking images following this message. :)
Step One: Gather all books from where they are stored and place them in one spot.
Step Two: Assess each title by asking yourself, if it’s something you haven’t read, will you read it, and if it’s something you have read, will you read it again.
Step Three: Once you have touched every book and magazine you own, lovingly place each one back on the shelf standing upright.
Finally, decide where to responsibly re-home the books you no longer wish to keep.
***No books were harmed before, during, or after this tidying lesson!**
When we empty our bag / briefcase on a regular basis not only does it allow us to keep it tidy, it also allows us to take care of any pending items on our to-do list that my be hidden inside. For myself, I have a dresser by my front door that I’ve converted into an art supplies storage-area and one of the drawers serves as the location where I keep the contents of my bag. I can only tell you don’t knock it until you try it! You will be able to more easily change bags in the AM when needed and it will keep you feeling light and full of joy when you show gratitude for the hard work that your bag endures on a daily basis. Each category has it’s own little zipper pouch that I purchased at Sprouts. This keeps everything neat and tidy and it keeps me from not digging through my bag in search of a single item.
Happy Tidying, Everyone!!
Did any of you watch the interview with Marie Kondo on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert? You can watch it here.
She nails it on the head when she says we all have clutter in our hearts and that’s what needs tidying. This is what sets the KonMari Method far above any other type of self-help method because this method isn’t just about tidying, it’s about addressing your past, present, and future, by putting your things in order. If you open a drawer and it’s full of things that aren’t being utilized, can you imagine what it would be like for you to open that drawer and for it to only contain the items that you actually love and use? Then can you take that one step even further and imagine what it feels like to wake up in the morning knowing you are waking up to get ready to go to your dream job? I know many of you have read the book or maybe perused the book, but I want you to know it is called The Life-Changing Magic for a reason. You can only truly understand what this life-changing magic is all about when you try it for yourself!
Happy Tidying, Everyone!!