I picked up this great little book yesterday called The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up on home organization and I'm already half finished it so I thought I'd share a bit about it here on my blog since we Lululemon collectors tend to be magpies that hold on to our vast collections of things. Our collections make us happy, so why not find a way to enjoy the pieces we've collected over time instead of feeling numb to it because of the clutter it has creates. I know I'm not alone in having a big pile of lulu laundry accumulating on a drying rack at any given time or a bundled up pile of headbands and lulu socks.
The great thing about this book is that its full of unconventional ideas about tidying and it's really about curating a smaller collection of meaningful things instead of hanging on to items that no longer serve us or make us happy. It's a way to enjoy the things we have and how to let go of the things that don't bring us joy and clutter our lives. One of the things Marie Kondo says it that storage experts are hoarders. That was kind of revolutionary for me as I'm alway seeking storage ideas for all my stuff as I feel like I don't have enough closet or storage space. It turns out I actually do have plenty of storage, just a lot of stagnant things I don't need to keep.
I'll write more about the process in follow up posts but the first step is going through each and every piece of clothing you own at one time. That means going through your entire house, grabbing all the clothes, putting it in a pile and going piece by piece deciding on if I love an item and need to keep it or if I can let it go - all in one go. You are supposed to do it quickly and efficiently too, not piecemeal. Today I did all of my clothing and then folded it and put it all away according to the 'Kon Mari' style but now that it's all put away I think I can pare it back more and reorganize it according to all the little ideas that Marie Kondo suggests. tomorrow I need to tackle all of my kids clothes as I feel their laundry pile is the most out of control in our house. My husbands stuff definitely doesn't need organizing as he is an organization expert and I think he has always subscribed to this method intuitively.