Yes, I did write this post a few weeks ago, and I admit that I was in a hurry when I pushed Publish. I didn’t realize that WordPress had a glitch and posted a garbled blend of two earlier revisions.
I didn’t see it until the next afternoon and I was aghast! But, I must admit, some of it was pretty funny. In the spirit of Marie Kondo and her “life changing magic of tidying up,” I want to tidy up that post.
What I like most about her method is that it works and it’s fun. So much so that I’ve done my closet and dresser since then.
Regarding her rules:
- Tidy by category, with goals. (Okay, I agree. One thing at a time)
- Start by discarding everything at once, intensely and completely. (I couldn’t stop laughing after I read this. If you followed my instructions and discarded everything at once, intensely and completely, you’d be done!)
- Only keep things that spark joy (Agreed)
- Never pile things: it takes up space, etc. (I piled things. See below)
- Don’t change her rules to suit yourself. (I changed the rules)
- Use her folding method for everything. (I had coffee with a friend the other day who is also ‘tidying’ and we laughed about trying to fold thong-underwear using her method. Sorry, Marie, some things need to be piled)
The whole paragraph in the original post discussing the Ghost in the Machine…..ended up being a total clusterf***. Live and learn.
Marie Kondo says, “Your real life begins after putting your house in order.” So I began by dumping the contents of my dresser on the bed. I wasn’t neat, but I still can’t dump all of my clothes on the floor. I sorted into Keep, Donate, Discard piles. Once the latter two were in sacks (discarded completely and intensely) I folded most things using her method. I was impressed by how neat my dresser was, and shocked by how much I hadn’t used yet had crammed in there.
I’ve realized that I do need an assistant standing-by with a pitcher of Martinis. But, I knew this job was dangerous when I took it!
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