Tidying Up and Art of Decluttering


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 the life-changing magic of tidying up:  the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing by Marie Condo

This small book by Marie Condo was indeed a life changing book for me.  I armed myself with this book, a tiny downsizing e-course with it’s community, constant prayers to God, fb and calls with friends & family the fast and often overwhelming month timeframe of my journey of decluttering and downsizing to my current tiny home began.

My ‘then’ closet was larger than my current bedroom, closet and bathroom combined (almost the current size of my entire tiny/small home).   I began by decluttering and tidying up my closet.  I knew I would be going from a beautifully appointed 10 ft. x 20 ft. closet down to a less than 3 1/2 ft by less than 2 ft closet.  Definitely Life Changing Magic was performed here.

Literally taking every piece of ‘everything’ out of my huge closet one morning – I touched and took an extremely hard look – physically and emotionally at each piece.  Each item had to feel great (physically and emotionally), fit well, have a purpose and look fabulous to keep it.  That’s right no missing buttons, no “it will fit one day”, etc…  Honestly this can be done, it is a hard process that get’s easier with each piece.  This process allows you to feel quite ‘seemingly magical’ within the peace and ease that comes at the end of the hard work.  (a very, very long day for me)

Rarely do we wear all the clothes in the closet that we have.  When we do remember something we want to wear, many times we can’t find it.  Perhaps we remember an article while we are out shopping and purchase another one.  Sometimes an article of clothing  no longer fits,  but it may some day.  Let them go – someone else will love having them.  IF there is ever a time you find that you could use something you let go of – then enjoy the moment of getting it again.  Remember, if it is that fabulous red dress that you truly do LOVE it will still be in your closet – as you keep those items.

A few closet benefits that you will get in life by tidying up:   You will know what you have, very helpful in all situations.   Imagine, you can pull out whatever you want from the closet and you’ll know it will look, feel and be great on you.  Think of the money and time you will save – less laundry and ironing too…..let’s not forget the fabulous, organized and lovely space that is created – by you, for you!

This was just my closet – the even harder areas and days lay ahead during that month…

What area of your home and life would you like to see “the magic of tidying-up” begin?


(I highly recommend this book, I have read it, done it, walked the walk and am talking it too.  If you purchase through my link, I do receive a small fee at no cost to you.  Regardless of the store,  I highly recommend purchasing, reading and doing.  I gave a copy to both daughters and a few friends too)



1 thought on “Tidying Up and Art of Decluttering

  1. Wowsa! Looks like a very useful read…we all have actually “too much stuff” in our lives eh? 🙂 Just ordered my copy off of Amazon..I am in the process of “decluttering” from 3,000+ square foot lovely home to eventually a teeny tiny lake cottage that will max out at around 300 square feet…168 as it stands “now” with lots of acreage surrounding it. Each and every item I have taken and “will take” to the cottage must be creative, .artful. and purpose minded….did I also mention “all” must be “pretty” as well ?!!!! 🙂 Will definitly let you know how the book impacts me and my goals…thank you for suggesting! Have a blessed day!

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