I love setting the clocks forward! It’s proof that spring is right around the corner. And you know what comes with spring besides mud puddles, shedding, and riding in the light? Spring cleaning. I’m totally inspired by The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. You’ve heard of this best-selling book, right? It’s rocking my world.
I’m not even done reading the book yet, but I’ve already thrown away about 15 pounds of random C-R-A-P ranging from old hotel shampoo bottles to out of date Claritin tablets to buttons for clothing that I probably don’t own anymore.
Yes, I did get on the scale to see how much the bag weighed when it was full. It was that exciting.
If you’re not familiar with Kondo’s method for tidying up, it’s basically take all your similar things (she says you have to do this by category: clothing, books, etc.) and spread them on the floor. Pick each item up in your hand. If the item sparks joy, keep it. If not, throw it away or set aside to donate. If you keep it, store it with related items vertically. Skip fancy containers and use shoeboxes to facilitate storage.
You are supposed to thank the object you are about to dispose of for being part of your life and serving its role. I skipped that step–I can’t get into thanking an inanimate object.
The dogs really enjoyed this process even though they weren’t invited, and I had to retrieve a rock I picked up in Israel a few years ago out of Tigger, my retriever’s mouth. (The rock was from the site where our tour guide, an Old Testament scholar, believes the battle between David and Goliath took place. It just seemed like I should grab a stone for the symbolism.)
I’m not sure where a rock like that should be stored, so I put in the drawer with my makeup and hair dryer. Why not? It’s been there ever since.
Later in the process Tigger grabbed a doggie shampoo bottle and chewed off the cap and a dab of shampoo was on the floor of my bedroom. I am going to read into this act that he wanted to contribute toward the cleaning effort and thought his job was to shampoo the carpet.
Next Up: Magic of Tidying Up My Tack Trunk & a Trip to a Donation Center
My next goal is to apply this same principle of tidying to my tack trunk. How many sets of polo wraps and girths of the wrong size for current horse does a horse girl need?
Currently there are two bags of clothes and random knick-knacks ready to go to a second-hand shop this week. I think the category that is going to be the most difficult for me to rally for and apply the tidying method will be books. I love them. I don’t have to even read them, just have them around me to be happy. I get very sentimental about books. I’ll probably save that category for last.
Please Add Your Thoughts & Comments: Have you started your spring cleaning yet? Do you have tips to share on purging or organizational methods you love? Do tell!
*Now about that Wet Brush. . . it really is a miraculous brush. My sister told me about it and I’m hooked. It has reduced the time it takes me to brush out my hair after a shower from about five minutes to less than a minute. And it doesn’t pull at all.