Tidying Up

The Life Changing Magic of Moving

We are finally getting out of our apartment and moving into a house! Thanks to our good friends and realtors Todd and Luke of House333, we found the perfect fixer upper in San Diego’s South Park neighborhood for a great price. The location is absolutely perfect! We are three blocks from Balboa Park (a runner’s paradise), a short bike to a lap pool, and walking distance to organic markets and great restaurants.

Over the past four months we have been doing a complete renovation of the property. Thanks again to Luke and Todd of House333 for connecting us with the best contractors we have ever worked with! My wife is an absolute amazing designer…and I gotta say….this is her best work yet! Not even joking…there is not one person from HGTV that I would rather have design our house over my wife.

The Life Changing Magic of Getting Rid of My $h!t

Normally I despise moving and wouldn’t wish it upon on my enemies but I’m actually really looking forward to this move. A good friend recommended a book (thanks Tara!!!) called The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo. The basic premise of the book is that you should get rid of every possession that does not immediately “spark joy” through the application of the “KonMari” method, which is a systematic process of going through your belongings.

Some of my favorite tidbits from the book are:

  • Organizing just creates an illusion that clutter isn’t a problem.
  • Excess is caused by our ignorance of how much we actually own.
  • We should be choosing the things we want to keep and not what we want to get rid of.
  • We are surrounded by too many things we don’t need “just because” we might need them in the future.

The main point is that a cluttered space equals a cluttered mind and by freeing ourselves of the excess, joyless stuff it frees us to pursue whatever it is that makes us happy. I wholeheartedly agree with that sentiment since my very first post was trying to get at the same thing in a less articulate manner. I really believe in the idea that all the things I own should truly add value to my life and not feel like a burden. Just imagine if every possession we had brought us joy…I know…a little “woo woo” but kinda mind-blowing.

KonMari Method in Four Sentences

Marie advocates that tidying involves only two essential actions: discarding and deciding where to store things. Discarding should be done all at once, intensely, and completely. We shouldn’t even consider putting things away until we have finished discarding. When it is time to put things away, all items of the same type should be stored in the same place.

Since moving literally requires touching everything I own before putting it away in our new house, it provides the perfect opportunity to undertake her method for simplifying, organizing, and storing. Therefore, I’m actually kinda looking forward to something that is mostly pretty terrible.

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