The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: Part Two

This is part two in my series on The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. If you’re just joining us, you can catch up with part one here.

Here we go-oooooooooooooooh!


Yup! That’s right. Fresh outta the gate and I’m already changing things up on this KonMari journey 😉 But that’s how I roll.

This is what I started with:

The first step in Marie’s method, as you may have guessed from that photo above, is to gather every item of a particular category in one place. She says start with clothes. I started with books. Potato. Potahto.

I’ll give you guys a quick rundown on how things progressed. Then I’ll get into what I learned, what I liked and what made me laugh.

Let’s go!

As life goes, on my first pass through I was a total noob. Will this work? Am I doing it right? What if I get rid of a book I should keep or keep a book I don’t need? I’ve got second guessing down pat 😉

Once I made it through, I was able to breathe a little. This isn’t a linear process and you can keep going until you feel done. Relief!

I took another two passes.

The books and I went from this…

to this…

to this…

to, drumroll, please… this.


Okay, so, what did I learn?

Like Marie promised, I had waaaaaaay more books than I would have guessed. All those? Mine. As someone who had prided themselves an active discarder, it came as a bit of a surprise. And yes, it’s true. You do collect items in multiple locations.

What I liked

I liked the feeling of relief I had after the stress of that first pass.


No really though.

I also liked the feeling that I was taking real steps towards reducing. Progress! I felt a shift in weight when I stopped to take stock in what I was doing.

My visual self and I also looooooved filling up our reusable grocery bags full of items to carry out the front door. Sweet, sweet success.
What made me laugh

How accurate Marie was in her description of how things would go down. My experience was pretty much to the T. I love stuff like that! Ahh, the shared human experience and just how predictable we all are. Group hug!

I also had a little chuckles at my final pile. Had I used only my logical mind, I never would have picked out the arrangement of books I ended up with. But that’s the point, right? You don’t use your logical mind. You use your feelings. And that’s why I think it works 🙂

And there you have it. The nitty gritty of my first taste of KonMari! Stay tuned for part three in this series, coming soon.

Now, tell me in the comments below: are you an active discarder? If so, what’s your method? Have you ever tried gathering every item of one category in the same location?

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