My life is not magically changed, but I have not yet piled every article of clothing I own on top of my bed and then handled each piece to feel a spark of joy (keep) or not (get rid of). I haven't done that with my books or my papers or the miscellaneous stuff around my house. I might someday. Then I will let you know about any magical changes that take place.
Here's a confession: My underwear drawer looks like hers and has since a time before Marie Kondo was even born. And that is why I get a little testy. She makes millions teaching people to tidy their underwear drawers but I already knew that and just wasn't smart enough to cash in on it.
The summer after my freshman year at college, I worked at a small restaurant in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Two guys owned it and lived upstairs. There was another girl and I who worked there that summer and shared a bedroom upstairs as well. We cleaned rooms at a nearby motel in the mornings. I worked in the kitchen and my room mate waitressed with another woman who lived in town. It was kind of a strange set up, but the strangest part to me was when one of the owners asked which one of us had the incredibly neat underwear drawer. I mean he had to have been snooping, but he asked without any embarrassment at all.
Years later, when my daughter was probably six or seven, she came home from a friends house. "Mom, do you realize that not everyone keeps underwear the way you do?" She had witnessed her friends mom open a dresser drawer and toss in a jumble of panties, completely unfolded!! Honestly, the things you can't protect your young children from having to see too early in life!
I have to confess that I did learn something from that book and it is going to make my life easier. I had aha! moments over the notion of tidying once and then finding a home for the things that you keep when I reading the following bits:
- The point in deciding specific places to keep things is to designate a spot for every thing. p.131
- ...pursue ultimate simplicity in storage so you can tell at a glance what have. p.137
- ...store all items of the same type in the same place and don't scatter storage space. p.138
I realized that I am tidy, but not organized. I put things away and then can't remember where I put them so I waste time looking for something or I waste money buying something I don't need. I think: well that was not a good place to store that so I rearrange storage space and then I forget where even more things are because I am putting things into deep storage so I don't see them at a glance.