I’ve watched a couple of episodes of Tidying Up With Marie Kondo on Netflix (and skimmed through a couple more). I have to admit I feel a lot better about our house! We’ve accumulated quite a bit in 22 years of living here, but our “collection” doesn’t feel nearly as overwhelming as some featured on this show.
Having read most of her first book, I expected Marie Kondo to be more…rigid is the word that comes to mind, but was pleasantly surprised by how flexible, kind, and compassionate she seems on the show.
I love decluttering as much as the next person, but with regard to the book itself, I thought her method a bit extreme, at least taken literally. The “everything at once” process felt too overwhelming, and the “sparking joy” standard too high a hurdle. I mean, there are some things that are necessary and functional in our closets and homes, but not particularly joy-inducing.
Tidying Up, My Way
Anyhow, watching “Tidying Up” lit a fire under me, and I’ve spent several hours this week trying to get the house back in order after traveling and the holidays. I’m ready to start in on my closet again next week.
One of the reasons I lost interest in the book was the emphasis on folding and storing clothing in drawers. We don’t have much drawer space in our bedroom or closet, so most of our clothing is on hangers.
My Scarf Storage Solution…
But I was inspired by what I read to find a better solution to storing my larger scarves. I’d previously tried to organize them on hangers, but always wound up with a jumbled mess. A couple of years ago I had a lightbulb moment, and bought one of those hanging shoe cubbies, which works brilliantly. I fold the scarves and store vertically. It helps me readily see what I have, and it’s easy to put them away at the end of the day.
Most of my shelves are higher up, so I use a drawer unit like this one to store my smaller silk scarves.
When we completed our kitchen remodel last year, I decided to invest in some casual cloth napkins to use every day. At the time, I thought I’d just wash and let them be rumpled. But lately I’ve started ironing them after laundering. (Unless they are really soiled, I don’t wash them after each use…just the two of us here most of the time.)
I find it doesn’t take much time to iron them, and that it’s relaxing. It feels so luxurious to have a pressed cloth napkin at every meal. L’art de vivre, it’s about the details, non?
My Stylish French Box Giveaway
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Have you watched the show or read Marie Kondo’s books? What did you think?