KonMari Method · minimalism · Personal Finance

A little more magic, please?

Marie Kondo’s first book “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” appeared in my library app today so I thought I’d read the book that got the tidying up cult movement started. So far, its much more of in-depth history of how she came up with her method (yawn). One quote of hers did speak to me. In her book, Spark Joy, she briefly talks about tidying up with help you create the life you want. Her first book outlines why she believes this to be true and how to discover the life you want to live. She urges you to ask the question “Why did you pick up this book?” and delve into what isn’t occurring in your life that you hope will by tidying up.

“Tidying is just a tool, and not the final destination. The true goal should be to establish the lifestyle you want most once your house has been put in order” – Marie Kondo

So I asked myself this question. The book(s) were suggested as I struggle with loving the home we currently own. My original thought was that if I decluttered, my feelings could potential change. Then of course was the money factor. Could I sell my items to help in my financial goals and thus potentially get to place where we could sell the house. Today as I was reading, I asked myself, “What lifestyle did I want?” I tried to stay away from just making a list of material desires (bigger home) or new year resolutions, but I came up with quite a list. There might be more but this is what I could think of today.

Food/Kitchen – I want…

  1. to have a zero food waste kitchen
  2. to feed my family more vegetables
  3. to eat meatless breakfast and lunch on most days
  4. to make vegan recipes for my son that the whole family will eat

Home – I want…

  1. to reduce the amount of single use items we use
  2. to know where everything is in my home
  3. the stuff I buy to be items we needed (for the most part)
  4. to not spend long hours cleaning and organizing my home each week

Family/Kids – I want

  1. to spend more time on the floor with my kids
  2. my kids to read and play more
  3. to spend more quality time with the kids and husband
  4. to reduce the amount of TV/screen time for the whole family
  5. to be a teacher to my kids
  6. mornings not to suck
  7. my car not to look like a warzone at the end of each week

Spiritual/Personal – I want

  1. to meditate every morning
  2. to practice yoga
  3. to feel more at home in my home especially when my family is home
  4. to read more
  5. to be less attached to my cellphone

Do you think Marie and her magic could really help me adapt the above lifestyle changes?


14 thoughts on “A little more magic, please?

  1. I’m currently in the process of “tidying” (I’m on paper) and actually some amazing things have happened for my husband and me. So, yes, I definitely think the KonMari method can help you adapt to lifestyle changes!

    As noted in Marie’s book, cleaning and tidying are not the same thing…so I actually recommend flylady.org for cleaning…It teaches you how to do just a little everyday and then you still have time for your life–much of what you said you wanted above. Just replace the “decluttering” from Fly Lady with the “tidying” of the KonMari method and I think you will be pleasantly surprised! The “tidying” process is harder than the “decluttering” of Flylady (IMHO), but once it’s done it’s done! It’s worth a little sacrifice up front to get the live you describe above.

    As for the more vegetables (and fruit?), my husband and I have recently discovered Joe Cross and juicing. Although the title is somewhat offensive, I highly recommend you watch the DVD Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. It will explain all of it you and it’s actually not a bad film. This is an EASY way to do the more veggies and kid’s like doing it! BONUS! I know that you can connect to Joe Cross on Facebook and that he has books out on Juicing.

    I hope this is helpful to you and I would love for you to blog more about this –and all the progress you are making!!

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    1. That’s what I’ve come to love about blogging! Such great tips. I need to look into Flylady more I depth. I visited her website and got so confused. Lol. Juicing, huh? I’ll have to watch the movie. 🙂

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      1. With Flylady it’s all about the baby steps. You do not have to jump in and do everything at once. I am glad to hear that you checked it out!

        I love the great tips you come across in blogs too!

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  2. This sounds like a book I would enjoy reading! We have been working on reducing food waste in our household and have been eating more vegetarian meals throughout the week. Sounds like the author is right on target with her philosophy!

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  3. I devoured this book last year and I really believe that if you’re open to it her advice will help you. I blogged about my experience a bit (and the changes I made to her process). I think once we have a clear idea of what we want in our lives, her system allows you to achieve it.
    I love how detailed you are! All I knew was that I wanted to be able to have clear spaces and have the house always feel restful and not feel like we didn’t have enough storage. Those goals were definitely achieved. Bonus: I also began crafting more and actually enjoying all the rooms in my home.

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    1. Actually all I do is boil them. I’ve roasted potatoes but never thought to roast veggies. Hmm…I should try it. I tried steaming some broccoli the other day with mixed reviews. But what kid likes broccoli?

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      1. Well, my sister is 25 and vegan but eats like a kid (vegan mac&cheese, Chik’n Nuggets, pizza) and she likes roasted broccoli, so I suppose you never know! I’ve done broccoli, brussel sprouts, and other vegetables with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper. It seems like your eating something rich and unhealthy even though it’s just veggies.

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