Today I want to talk about organization! You might know I love organization, but I never seem to have my bedroom organized. So, when I heard about Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying: A Simple, Effective Way to Banish Clutter Forever, I was interested. The book itself is very easy to read and understand, and reading it made me really excited about tidying my room!
In this post, I am giving you the best parts of the book (I am translating from Portuguese, so it might not be exactly as the English version) and also showing you my bedroom, so I can later on show it after applying the Konmari method of tidying up!
- Organization is a tool, not the final goal. Your goal should be to adopt a new lifestyle after your house is organized.
- The best way to sort what stays and what goes is to hold each item and ask: “Does this bring me joy?”. If the answer is affirmative, keep it. Otherwise, throw it away.
- Before choosing what to keep, gather everything that falls into the same category. Take them from the closet and put them in the same place. […] When you put everything together, you can compare similar items, making it easier to choose which ones to keep.
- Start with clothing, then books, documents, random items and, in the end, items with sentimental value.
- I recommend dividing clothes in the following subcategories: tops, bottoms, clothes that hang (blazers etc), socks, lingerie, bags, accessories, special occasion (bikini, uniform), shoes.
- The most important thing is to decide what to keep, not what to throw away. Which pieces will bring you joy if kept in your life?
- If there are too many books to put on the floor at the same time, separate them in four categories: general (books for fun), practice (reference, recipes), visual (photography), magazines.
- My basic principle for sorting papers is throwing everything away. […] After all, they never bring us joy. That’s why I recommend throwing everything that doesn’t fit into one of these categories away: what’s being used right now, what will be needed for a determined amount of time and what we need to keep forever.
- Papers should be organized into two categories: ones that need attention (bills to pay, letters to be answered etc) and ones we need to keep (documents, contracts, payed bills, warrants and manuals). […] Only the “keep” category should be divided into “rarely used” and “frequently used”.
- [About random items] The basic order is this: CDs and DVDs, beauty products, make up, accessories, documents, electronic devices, house utility (stationary, sewing kits etc), house reserves (medicine, detergent, tissues etc), kitchen items and food, others.
- As you organize your house and reduce your belongings, you’ll find out what are your deepest values and what really matters in your life. However, the “reduction” and the “storing method” shouldn’t be your focus.
- The decision about which objects to keep is, in reality, a definition of what lifestyle you want to live. The addiction to the past and fear of the future rule not only the way you sort your belongings, but also how you relate to people and work.
- The best way to figure out what we truly want is getting rid of what we don’t want.
- I can’t imagine greater happiness than being surrounded by things I love. To reach this state, all you have to do is get rid of what doesn’t make you feel like that. There is no easier way of happiness. What other name could be given to the effect caused by organization than “magic of tidying”?
Now we let’s check my room before tidying it up!
This is what you see from the door:
Behind the door:
Under the shelves behind the door:
In front of my bed:
In front of my bed pt 2:
“Under” the desk:
My shelves pt 2:
Under the shelves (behind the keyboard you can see in the next photo):
Under the sink:
Let’s see how different it will be when I’m done organizing it with the Konmari method!