On Monday, Melissa and Jonathon had us over for dinner and it was such a lovely evening. During our dinner chat, Melissa told me that she had been reading the life-changing magic of tidying up. Moreover, she told me that she had actually been putting the principles of the book into practice!
As you all know, I am no stranger to decluttering, but I was intrigued by learning about A New Way, especially as Melissa described banishing clothing from her closet that she knew she would never wear again. Is that not the same problem we all suffer from? At the end of the night, Melissa sent me home with her copy of the book (that is True Friend Love) and I started reading immediately.
Just a little more than 24 hours later and I have added four bags of clutter to the two that were already awaiting their Goodwill trip. Books, odd glassware, clothes, all purged. Things that I/we have owned for the last six years and have never used. Gone. At last.
There are a lot of lines in the book that are hokey, many of them having to do with whether or not various pieces of clothing have enough space to “breathe” or “relax” in your closet. I do not in the slightest think that rolling my socks into a ball disturbs their energy. I am not going to store my clothes vertically in their drawers.
But, there was one line that really stuck out to me: Spaces that are out of sight are still part of your house.
That line is why we re-painted the basement bathroom last weekend. Do we use it every day? No. But knowing that it looked Not Right consumed mental energy. The same could be said for the horrid blue tile that used to occupy our master bathroom, the shelves of books we have received as gifts, or That One Rugby Dress I Bought At The Ralph Lauren Outlet On Black Friday Six Years Ago.
None of these things improve my life and so they need to go. While the author proposes what I would consider to be a very ambitious style of decluttering: Deal with an entire category of things at once, it doesn’t seem unreasonable to move from room to room and discard all of the things that have been on the keep just in case-list for years. I am positive that will be more than enough work to get us started.