Happy New Year! Are you ready to declutter your home and life, once and for all? Each January I start a new decluttering initiative, and lo and behold, the next year need to tackle it again. Why? Because I didn’t declutter enough the year before to entirely change our routine and outlook on ‘stuff’. Sure, I cleaned up a bit and donated a lot, but I didn’t do ENOUGH. That’s where the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up comes into play. I
threatened you with it mentioned it on and off all last year, and now it’s time to share the not-so-secret method, step-by-step. The method that WILL change your home and life, your view of ‘things’, allow you to simplify and breathe, and even save you lots of money and stress. Are you ready? Here we go!
First of all, you’ll want to get this hot little book into your hands. I’m going to help you. There’s a giveaway at the end of this post and I’m giving away THREE copies of it! Don’t let that hold you back, though. Currently the book is only about $10 on Amazon and is something you’ll read again and again as you work through the method. Heck, get it on Kindle and you’re already ahead of the game because you’re not adding in more clutter. It’s beneficial to read the book and get a full understanding of the process as we work through it, however if you can’t you’ll still get an overview here on Making Lemonade too.
What’s so life-changing about it? First, it’s a step-by-step decluttering and organizing method that aims to reduce the stuff cluttering your home (and by extension, mind) by 50% or more. Once your home is decluttered, you’ll SO LOVE how great it feels that it becomes difficult to add in more things. Therefore, your life becomes simpler because you’re not wrangling ‘stuff’. Having a home with less clutter brings peace. And can’t we all use a home that feels like a haven instead of a storage shed?
Another life-changing aspect I didn’t anticipate is how much money we’re saving! Now I only buy things I need and/or love. I’ve also made a lot of money by selling unwanted clothing, toys, and furniture. Things no longer get lost because as we progress through the method it’s SO much easier to find what we already have. Even though personally we’re only about 1/6 the way through, we’re feeling the positive impact daily!
Wondering what the KonMari method entails? Here’s a brief explanation of the step-by-step process– I suggest you Pin or share this on Facebook to make it easy to find again:
As you can see from step #2, there is an exact order you go through for decluttering. The method is arranged so the easy tasks (like clothing) are first. Once you master clothing and see the huge impact weeding out your wardrobe has on your home, you get energized and are ready to tackle harder areas. You finish with mementos, because let’s fact it, that’s the hardest thing to let go. However, you’ll be such a pro by the end it will be a cinch to quickly decide what sparks joy and what you can thank for it’s service and let go (worry not, I’m following up with a KonMari printable checklist later this week!)
Enter this giveaway and I’ll choose three winners to each receive the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up on January 10 at midnight!
HOMEWORK: Your homework today is to enter the giveaway and/or buy the book. At the very least, re-read through the steps in this post and remember to PIN it to Pinterest or SHARE on Facebook to save it for later.
COMING UP: Later this week I’ll share a handy printable checklist with helpful tips so you can get started on each category. We’ll be working through each section together, so you’ll find additional support on the Making Lemonade Facebook page to help you tackle each area!
Ready, set… DECLUTTER, TIDY, and change your LIFE!