Oct 12, 2015

Reflections on The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: Don't tidy for others

I've been reading the best-seller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and implementing the "KonMari Method" described. It's so fascinating that I'm turning my thoughts about it into a series of posts. Note: This post contains affiliate links that help support this site at no additional cost to you. Thank you for clicking through them! You can read CFO's full disclosure here.

Reflections on the Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up | Chief Family Officer

When I first started reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and got to the part about sorting and keeping only those items that spark joy, I wondered if the author was going to give advice on how to get other family members on board with the program. So I was surprised and relieved when I read that I should just tidy my own possessions and not worry about everyone else's.

I started with my obvious possessions - my own clothes, my jewelry, files, books, etc. And as the primary housekeeper, I have free reign to tidy and organize most of the house. So next I tackled the common areas, such as the utensils, pots and containers in the kitchen, the extra dental and other personal care supplies, and so on.

I don't plan on tidying my husband's possessions - that's totally up to him.

But the kids ... well, I'm going to teach them about tidying according to the KonMari method. They have tons of books and toys and baseball cards, as well as clothes and more. Not to mention super busy schedules. So the trick is finding time to tidy with them, and unfortunately that's likely not going to be until Thanksgiving week, when they have the whole week off from school. Until then, our afternoons and evenings will be filled with homework and projects and sports and social obligations. But I'm going to start strategizing now about the different categories we can tidy that week (and if the opportunity presents itself, I may get a head start with at least one of the kids!).

Have you tried the KonMari method with your kids?

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