Spring Cleaning Part 1: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

I got the urge the other day to clean my room in a serious way. It’s pretty badly cluttered, and always has been. I can find what I’m looking for most of the time because I have a pretty good memory for it; it’s what my friend Amelia has referred to as “floorganized.” But I really don’t want my room to be a gross, shitty place to hang out, so I borrowed a book that my dad gave my mom for Christmas, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.

I’ve only gone through the tidying system with my clothes so far, but the effect on my whole room is striking. I took a bunch of pictures during the process, here’s how it went:

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When tidying using this method, you must pull all of your clothes out of everywhere and put them on the floor. I have a lot of clothes.

This image reminded me of the hypodermic needle  scene in Saw II

This image reminded me of the hypodermic needle scene in Saw II

Once you have all of your clothing on the floor, you go through it by category and decide what to keep and what to get rid of. You do this by holding each piece and asking yourself if it sparks joy. If it doesn’t, it goes. It’s an interesting way to decide, and I like it. If it doesn’t make you happy, why have it in your life? Marie Kondo also suggests that if you are getting rid of something, you should thank it for its service, whatever that may have been. Years of good use, teaching you what doesn’t look good on you, keeping you warm, etc.

Beautiful dress section of now-clean closet

Beautiful dress section of now-clean closet

So I sorted and decided what to keep and what to get rid of. I haven’t taken a picture yet, but I decided to get rid of A LOT. My roommates couldn’t believe the pile I was giving away. I had them look at the nicer things to see if they wanted anything, but the rest is going to the SPCA thrift shop.

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Using the recommended method of folding clothes, I found that, for the first time, everything fit in my drawers and I even (gasp!) had some extra space.

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I hope my dad reads this post, because he will be soo happy that I finally learned how to fold efficiently. My drawers actually close all the way now without jamming! And I thought of another pair of pants to get rid of while falling asleep last night. This is definitely progress for me.

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My room is an infinitely more pleasant place to be now. I cleaned the top of my dresser as well and the room feels so much lighter! Next up is my desk area and bookshelves.

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After many years, I’m parting with my bean bag chair. I haven’t used it in this room; it’s just been a place to put clothes, so I got a valet stand instead. Someone else will get to enjoy the bean bag now.

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It is so nice to have my clothes organized and some actual floor space in my room! Stay tuned for part 2 of my spring clean when I do my desk and shelves.

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