I’ve told the story in my book Hot Mess to Mindful Mom about how the Universe led me with sign after sign to seek out a certain medium to meet with. It was undeniable, and so were the signs that I needed to tidy up.

I began to hear about the book “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” from one friend, then another. My inbox was flooded with blog posts about it, and then one of my students actually bought me a copy and hand delivered it to my house (thank you, Jamie!). She was for sure an angel working on behalf of the Universe.

I have been feeling tugs to tidy up my life for a few months but I haven’t made the time until now, and I have to say that the tidying up book was just the motivator I needed.

I want to make room for what I want in my life…joy, connection, peace, my family and friends, and abundance. In order to do that, I need to ditch the feeling of clutter and things that are taking up valuable space in my life that are no longer serving me.

I decided to start with my closet before moving onto books, toys, my kids rooms, bathroom cabinets, my hall closet, and inbox. I am going to be very busy!

The book has a very specific methodology. You begin by removing all your clothes(or whatever you are tidying) from your closet, and I mean ALL. You hold each item in your hand and decide if it brings you joy or not. If it does you put it back in, and if it doesn’t you keep it out to “re-purpose.” This could be donating it, or selling it. Ultimately, you thank each piece for serving you and acknowledge that it can now do the same for someone else.

This turned out to be extremely liberating for me. I took this project seriously, and spent hours on my closet alone. Here are some of the before pictures. It feels cramped and jumbled, and messy. Oy!

piles on the floor! everything shoved in!
piles on the floor! everything shoved in!
this was just the beginning of the removal process
this was just the beginning of the removal process
I dare you to find that tank top you want!
I dare you to find that tank top you want!

 

There was so much shoved in the drawers that I got rid of. I don’t even know where it all came from! White tank tops with underarm stains…bye bye. Also discarded were underwear from the back of the drawer that I swear I had in college, all my old long sleeves that were too gross to wear outside that now I considered “loungewear,” socks that were stretched out, old pjs that I never wore anymore, sweaters that itched, shoes that required band-aids to wear, ratty sweatpants, bras that I hated (I refuse to wear underwire anymore), and enough else to create this pile —

I am not sure this picture does the size of this pile justice. It was loaded into six huge oversized trash bags.
I am not sure this picture does the size of this pile justice. It was loaded into six huge oversized trash bags.

After I was done, I walked into my closet and I could BREATHE. It feels spacious, and I love everything I kept. Now, I didn’t follow the method of folding you are supposed to, but I am ok with it. As always, I believe in being kind to yourself, and I knew that I couldn’t sustain the folding and I wanted to be realistic, but I assure you that you can see everything that is in every drawer.

What do you think of the after shots? Better???

Nothing on the floor :)
Nothing on the floor 🙂
Nothing crammed!
Nothing crammed!

As you can see, I still have a lot to wear, but it is all in good shape and each piece brings me joy in its own way.

I cannot recommend this process enough, and I can’t wait to work through the rest of my house. Let me know in the comments if you have ever done this or thought about it!

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