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Being Tidy is a Habit

being tidy is a habit

Did you know that being tidy is a habit? Science shows that habits begin to take shape in as little as 21 days.

Have you ever tidied madly, only to find that all too soon your home or workspace is cluttered again? If so, let me share with you the secret of success. Start by discarding. Then organize your space, thoroughly, completely, in one go. If you adopt this approach—the KonMari Method—you’ll never revert to clutter again.

– Excerpt from Marie Kondo’s book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

being tidy is a habit

pillows with meaning and purpose

Certain times and events prompt us to tidy and declutter our surroundings – spring cleaning, company arriving, the Holidays approaching or moving locations. All worthy reasons to evaluate our collections of paraphernalia that mound up without us even noticing; perhaps like the proverbial how to cook a frog, by gently turning up the temperature on the pot on click at a time.

In her book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” Marie Kondo tackles the quest of organizing and storing, creating simplicity in our lives. She sees the art of decluttering as more than putting everything neatly away. It’s a way of putting one’s house and life in order.

Kondo challenges you to ask yourself whether each object you have is achieving a purpose. Is it propelling you forward or holding you in the past?

– USA Today

The concepts are simple and profound. It’s more than systematizing, arranging and categorizing – it’s a mindset. In this mindset one is surrounded by items that spark Joy. Coincidently, the name of her most recent book is “Spark Joy.”  It’s an illustrated “how-to” practice the art of decluttering handbook.

being tidy is a habit

artisan dishware to collect and use

For me, pieces that spark joy have meaning. They hold a special place in my heart, remind me of somewhere I’ve been, are comfy to be on or are simply useful for day-to-day activities.

Book chapters give pause for consideration:

  • Why can’t I keep my house clean
  • Finish discarding first
  • Tidying by category works like magic
  • Storing your things to make your life shine
  • The magic of tidying dramatically transforms your life

The innocent chapter titles challenged me to tackle projects in a different light, including the recent move of the shop from Newport Avenue to our delightful new home on Knoll Avenue. Because the mindset is more than stuffing objects out-of-sight, the whole process becomes a thoughtful practice of being tidy.

I’m working on the habit –









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