A clean home feels good, doesn’t it?
Amid the chaos that can be parenting, a tidy, organized space is a needed breath of calm and peace.
A bit of self-confidence, if you will.
It won’t be long before we’re sweeping again, picking up the toys and folding the laundry, but what if we approached a clean home differently? What if we dramatically changed the way we see our home and how we organize it? The laundry and dishes will always be there, but to step up our cleaning practices by adding in a deep organization process along with it could ensure a longer sense of peace that I think we all crave.
I know I do.
Marie Kondo is a Japanese tidying expert who introduced to me an extremely effective way to banish clutter and create a happier home. In her delightful and insightful New York Times best-selling book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” and now Netflix TV series, “Tidying Up with Marie Condo,” she encourages us to first discard unused items in the home, and then organize the space. Only then can a space be organized and stay that way.
But “discard,” that’s no easy word. What if I need it later? What if an item means something to me? Kondo inspires us instead to ask ourselves, “Does this item spark joy?”
This is a respectful way to minimize what we keep. Everything in our homes, we own because it’s important to us now or it meant something to us at some point in our lives. But how much do we keep before it becomes a burden?
This practice of discarding and organizing allows us to pay respect to the decisions we once made — like pictures we framed or sweaters we wore two winters ago — but it also grants us permission to move on.
This is offering gratitude to our personal belongings, which is an incredible habit to teach our children, but then knowing when a clean space and peace of mind matter more.
Kondo also insists that this practice is only effective when done by category, not by room. Choose not to start with the kitchen then move on to the bedroom. Instead, start with clothes and finish that task before moving on to dishes or pictures or books, etc.
The more you move through your home with this cleaning method in mind, the more it becomes a mindset, a true desire to create order in your living space.
It’s euphoric, Kondo ensures. “A dramatic reorganization of the home causes corresponding dramatic changes in lifestyle and perspective,” she says in her book. “It is life transforming.”
A positive lifestyle change to begin the spring season? I think we’re on to something great. Good luck!
About the Author
Angela Tewalt is a writer and mother to two boys. She shares parenting stories and inspiration in Guidepost Parent.
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