The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up
September 30, 2015
September 30, 2015
I saw this book on a girls’ Instagram that I follow and was interested to see what it was all about. Coming from someone who isn’t necessarily “tidy” I was surprisingly curious about how life changing this little book could be. Unfortunately, I’ve been one of those people that always has said, “My room/house is a mess today, I haven’t had time to pick up!” But the truth is, it was always a mess…until this book…
I was coming home from Galveston one day and low and behold I saw this book at good ol’ Buc-ee’s! Go figure, they literally have everything. So I snatched it up, and read it out loud to my mom the whole way back to Houston. I couldn’t put the book down and all I wanted to do was start getting rid of things in my house that didn’t serve me or make me happy. This idea was fascinating to me. Of course, you should surround yourself with things that bring you joy, but we live in a world where we collect too many things and just keep holding on to them because at some point we needed them. This book helps you “tidy up” once and for all. This book taught you that everything you own should have its own spot in your house. It should bring you some type of joy and it should serve a purpose. If it doesn’t, then you get rid of it.
Within 2 hours, I emptied out 8 bags of things! I was getting high on getting rid of stuff, which if you ask my family they wouldn’t believe that I just said that. Growing up, I always loved reminiscing on things that used to bring me joy when I was supposed to be cleaning, which really never got me anywhere but a messier room and a good yelling from my mother. So the fact that I was willingly getting rid of things was a huge surprise to me and honestly felt really good. My favorite part in the whole book was the idea that things serve us for a reason at different points in our lives. We needed them at that time, but if we don’t need it anymore, we should part with it and move on to whatever is serving us now. Key word: now. This way of life really helps you to live in the present, and not hold on to things that no longer serve you or bring you joy. We can relate this idea to more than just “items” in our lives. I like to think of people, or projects or hobbies too that I can use this idea for. We all are constantly changing and creating new life, but sometimes hold on to the old things not realizing that they may be bringing you down and holding you back from blossoming into who you truly are at that present moment. This book is WAY deeper than I could have imagined, and I loved reading every word. I highly recommend this little gem, and truly believe it lifted some weight off of me after I read it & tidied up and hope it can help you too!