Social Media is all about Tidying Up with Marie Kondo on Netflix. I have to say I love seeing my friends decluttering and getting rid of things weighing them down. I just feel like cheering them on!
I read the book a few years ago and started to really implement a lot of things I learned immediately. Now, I will say, I don’t hug my items and tell them thank you because I just can’t, but it has made me really take a look at all the crap I own and decide “Do I really need this? Does it make me happy?” Maybe that’s why its been an ongoing process for me? Anyway, I feel as though if something doesn’t make me happy or serve a purpose it needs to be out of my way.
I was holding on to a lot of clutter out of guilt because someone else gave it to me and it felt wrong to get rid of it. It took me a long time to realize that if people in my life are going to be mad at me for decluttering my house and making it a place where I feel at peace, then I probably don’t need their negativity in my life anyway. And HELLO, anxiety is what causes me to rush to these stupid assumptions because I promise you that no one cares that I didn’t hold on to a sweatshirt that they gave for Christmas in 2001. Seriously, no one cares and I should not be stressing about it.
Once we really started to organize and decorate our house I realized that I want to spend less time cleaning and organizing and more time enjoying my home.
Our house should be a home, not a storage shed.
Now, I still love to have cute décor and things hanging on my walls. In fact, I love my walls cluttered, it makes me happy, therefore bringing me JOY. So there, joy suckers.
But, having things piled in my cabinets and closets that I haven’t touched in three years is seriously a waste of space and it causes me so much stress and lost time because then I feel the need to organize it. This is precious time I could be spending playing with my kids or reading or binge watching Netflix series. But seriously its dumb. Those are clothes that could be sold or donated. Books that I’ll never read again could be passed on to a friend. I’ve gone through the house twice since Thanksgiving and made probably $300 off of stuff that I don’t need. That money went towards things I want (a new to me dining room table for example) and debt (Yes, I do also love Dave Ramsey).
And don’t get me wrong because I know that this isn’t the way for everyone, I’m just explaining why I love it and how it has helped me. I am finally to the point where I can sit in my living room without being stressed out and I can lay in my bed without feeling like I’m drowning in clutter. I love not feeling stressed out constantly and spending way too much time organizing things I don’t love or need. I have read that clutter makes anxiety worse and I’m here to tell you that this is the case for me for sure. If you are struggling with clutter and just having too much stuff I highly recommend reading the Tidying Up book or watching the Netflix Series!
Have you gotten into the Tidying Up trend yet?