When you think about your room, what comes to mind? Is it a super special place where you can go to recharge and relax? Do you want it to be?
One of my favorite books, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, truly is life changing. It has transformed the way I look at my space and has me super excited for Spring cleaning! In a nutshell, Marie teaches the KonMari method of removing clutter from your life and surrounding yourself with things that make you feel good, and in her words: “spark joy”.
Now that it’s (hopefully) starting to warm up, Spring is a great time to go through and do a little bit of tidying in your most special and sacred space… your room! Even if you share a room, taking time to clear out all the things that you’ve outgrown and no longer use will create space to welcome new things into your life.
The Konmari method emphasizes gratitude for the things we own. Like your favorite shirt or pair of jeans. It feels good to see the things we value. Especially when it comes to our passions. Arranging your prized possessions in a way that makes you happy and proud when you look at it them is a pleasant way to wake up to and come home to at the end of the day. One of my favorite things is I LOVE to feel cozy! So I drape a blanket over the side of my couch as a welcoming invitation for some snuggly reading time.
I personally went through this method of tidying 3 years ago, and I’m so glad that I did! It wasn’t until going through my clothes and really identifying which ones I wanted to have in my life, I found myself finally getting rid of items that didn’t fit, were torn, had stains and even holes! And it showed me I was taking the fact that I have so many clothes to wear for granted.
It’s hard to notice the weight of our environment when we are in it, but once all the clutter is removed from a space, we feel lighter and more relaxed. And, oftentimes our surroundings are a reflection of what’s going on inside of us. By taking the time to organize your life on the outside also does the work of creating some mental space on the inside. Imagine a room that reflects your personality and all the things that you love!
What are some of the ways you like to organize your things? How does it make you feel?