Marie Kondo and my room

Hey guys!

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:thumb_IMG_2438_1024

Behind the door:thumb_IMG_2450_1024

Under the shelves behind the door:thumb_IMG_2451_1024

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In front of my bed:thumb_IMG_2449_1024

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My desk:thumb_IMG_2446_1024

“Under” the desk:thumb_IMG_2453_1024

More desk:thumb_IMG_2445_1024

My shelves:thumb_IMG_2444_1024

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Under the shelves (behind the keyboard you can see in the next photo):thumb_IMG_2454_1024

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Bathroom:    thumb_IMG_2455_1024

Under the sink:thumb_IMG_2456_1024

Let’s see how different it will be when I’m done organizing it with the Konmari method!

Love,

Dani.

Starting the new year!

Hello!

I’m a lot happier today than I was in my last post. Since then, I have seen my ENEM (a national test) scores and they are not bad! I might be able to get in a really good school and course (since here in Brazil we choose a course and see different universities, instead of choosing an university and adapting into a course there – which I’ve felt is kind of more like the case in the US (sorry if I’m wrong))! Moreover, I am done with the entrance tests I had for another university. I have absolutely no clue how I did, but hope is the last one to die, right?

Anyways, since I am finally done studying, I can say that I’m on vacations! This is my summer vacation and I already lost one a half month of the two months we have, but, oh well, let’s make the most of the time I have left.

Today was my first day with no studying or doing tests, so, obviously, I had to clean my room. Please don’t judge me, but every beginning of year I just throw random papers, reorganize shelves, clean up everything etc. I still haven’t gone through my closet – and I’m really excited about sorting through my clothing because I always take out a LOT of pieces and I also remember amazing things I forgot I had -, but I have done my desk, my shelves and my walls. Yeah, I took down all the wall décor I had and remade everything. Well, part of it, because I loved the cleaner look without posters and all on the walls.

Entering my room now, after this clean up, is refreshing. I lit up a candle, opened the windows so some air would get in and played some music. The room is a lot more open, clear and brighter, in a way.

I watched a video today on YouTube – I don’t remember which one – and the girl said she loved cleaning and, also, no one regrets taking time to clean. Like, have you ever said “oh, I wish I hadn’t cleaned my room”? Yeah, guessed not.

So yeah. 2016 finally started for me and it started well! I’m so happy right now and I wish I remain this way throughout the year.

Take care, with love,

Dani.