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‘The Life Changing Magic of Tidying’ by Marie Kondo

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo

What’s this got to do with drawing, I hear you ask?

Well, on the face of it, nothing at all.  However I’ve just finished reading this delightful little book and I am sure that it will prove itself as being directly linked to my work, my creativity and therefore, the drawings I love to do.

A quick Google search on Marie Kondo, or her method known as ‘KonMari’, will provide a treasure trove of YouTube and blogging insights, so I shall spare you the details here… In essence, Kondo explains that when you surround yourself only with the things that bring you JOY, your life will become immeasurably better.

I love the whimsical style of her writing and her no-nonsense attitude to discarding items which no longer serve you.  I can just imagine her home and how it must be a peaceful haven.  I so want a peaceful haven!  It’s not often that I finish a book and can feel myself itching to get on and DO something with my new knowledge.  I know this site isn’t exactly the best place to document my decluttering project but for want of somewhere better, I’m sorry but it’s here to stay!  I hope I will be able to prove my theory that this is intrinsically linked to my work……

So, as I embark upon stage one of the KonMari method, which is basically getting to grips with my clothes, I have the following questions to ponder:

  1. When will I start this process?  I think it’s going to have to be evenings.
  2. As instructed, I will start with sub-categories of clothing. When I remove all of the items that do not ‘spark joy’, will there be anything left for me to wear? Seriously. I have spent the past few years in a haze of buying-only-what’s-needed-and-never-because-I-truly-love-it, so I am genuinely worried that I may be left with nothing practical to wear. Embarrassing over-sharing Instagram pics to follow, no doubt.
  3. How does the KonMari method sit with my eco tendencies?  I realise that key to the success of this method is to discard items and remove them from your home ASAP, preferably immediately.  However, I cannot justify binning anything that shouldn’t be binned, and I like to sort through my crap charity donations carefully to ensure that I’m sending things off to the best possible next place. Or selling if it’s worth the effort.  This is never a quick process and I do worry about filling the hallway with stuff-in-bags, thus increasing the temptation to keep a few bits rather than discard, discard, discard.
  4. I am overwhelmed when I think of the entire house and all that we have inside it. (And secretly very impatient to start grabbing stuff from random rooms and throwing it into a bin bag. But Kondo tells me to resist this urge, and so I shall resist.)  At the moment I am sorting for myself only, but I do wonder how I’m going to bring the rest of the family along with me.  It’ll be an interesting ride I’m sure.

Wish me luck.  Any tales of the ‘magic’ elements of the KonMari method are most welcome at this stage – please do share your experiences.  Especially if they are hugely positive and resulted in the aforementioned magic seeping into every part of your life…. ooh yes!


  1. ainslie

    ha – well done for finishing it! It / she tested my resolve and my intentions within the first few chapters:)) However I have picked it up again and given that you made your way through it I suspect my issues are mine and not the author!! One tiny comment on your process – don’t forget that KonMari says that the declutter / organisation process takes 6 months – I think that bit is what put me off – but here I am two months later and only one room done…so stick to your plan and good luck. Keep posting – this is absolutely about work – it is totally linked – especially from a creative place. xx

    • Ah thanks Ainslie – and I hear what you’re saying, there were moments in the book where I had to push myself to read on – but I am totally in love with the concept and whether it takes six hours, weeks, months or years, I am determined to see it through! Having posted it here for all to see does add a fair degree of motivation to stick with it… 🙂

  2. This is SO exciting! I just finished the book yesterday and I’m about to start on my clothes this morning. I’ve been toting around old clothes for as long as I can remember. I’m going to dig through storage too because I’m pretty sure I still have all of my maternity clothes (my daughter is 9!) Eek!

    Looking forward to seeing your progress 🙂

    • Brilliant Kara! I can’t wait to hear more about your progress… hoping to get started this week, I may need to split it right down into subcategories so that I can do a little bit each day. Good luck!

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