Lately I've felt an alarming need to clean out the cobwebs of my soul. How's that for the first sentence of a blog post!
There seem to be drawers full of thoughts, memories, ideas, and worries that are so full I can no longer slam them shut. It's manifested in long conversations, pages of journals, and 15 minute free-writes in the morning when I can fit it in. I think that's to be expected. But as I clear my mind and make room for something new (or can see through the fog to what may already be there), I've found myself having a physical need to tidy up, as well.
Rather than viewing it as one big hurdle to jump, I've taken it slowly, combing my way through our apartment and the belongings that have managed to stick with me year after year. I've found great joy in making space - so much so that I feel quite addicted to it.
I'm very eager to read Marie Kondo's book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, because I love the simple idea that has escaped from her pages:
First, put your hands on everything you own, ask yourself if it sparks joy, and if it doesn’t, thank it for its service and get rid of it. Second, once only your most joy-giving belongings remain, put every item in a place where it’s visible, accessible, and easy to grab and then put back.
I plan to put her advice into practice this weekend in the areas that need it most.
1. Glass and Dinnerware
How many coffee mugs do you really need? How about that plastic cup you got at an event 2 years ago? I dream of having open cabinet shelving, so my personal goal is to get rid of anything that wouldn't look absolutely dreamy in that space. And if I have a bright yellow polka dotted coffee mug that I can't get rid of for joy's sake, I'll be happy to keep it.
You can do it. I promise. The most wonderful thing about getting rid of what you don't absolutely love is that after the fact, you walk into a closet that excites you! Read more about the how to's from Kondo's book in this helpful article.
Sometimes I don't clean out the refrigerator because I just don't want to deal with the gross trash afterward. L-A-Z-Y. Throw out the old dressings and half-eaten leftovers for a 5 minute fix.
I did this a few weeks ago with dread. I had jewelry that I'd held onto for years for nostalgia's sake. But as I collected my pile of lost earrings and necklaces that I'd never ever wear again, I was left with only my absolute favorite pieces. It's a small collection and I love it very much.
5. Make-Up and Beauty Products
Out with the old - and gross. This one is a simple no-brainer.
I'm also planning on going through my library this weekend and dropping a few things off at Half Price Books. This is a big step for me, someone who once dreamed of having Belle's Library and collected just to collect. Perhaps one day I'll return to the idea, but right now I'm keeping only the stories that have shaped me so far and making room for the ones to come.
You might also notice that I've been tidying up the blog a bit. More to come on that front :)
Do you have your own tidying tips? Share them with us in the comments!