A Review: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo

 

A review of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

Just a little update on my hoard for ya.

Things were going o.k. for awhile - and then we started remodeling our house. And then my Mom died. And then we moved. Remodeling, death, and moving - that's like the TRIFECTA of unwanted stuff raining down into your space. The only thing worse than a bunch of stuff you need to sort through and get rid of is a bunch of stuff that is covered with 200 year-old plaster dust. Seriously.

My intention for the move to Colorado was to bring only the items that I loved. I would donate or sell everything I didn't want in my beautiful new apartment so that I could focus on mountain hikes and eating out at expensive restaurants. And then...I reached the point during packing that pretty much everyone does. The point where you say, "F*ck it. It all goes on the truck. I'll deal with it when I get there."

And that's pretty much where I'm at right now. Dealing with the aftermath of that mentality. Now, on the positive side? The mover made a comment that at 3,000 pounds, we were "light" for two married people. Maybe.

But when I heard good things about Marie Kondo's book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, I downloaded that book right away. So this is also a book review. Not just a hoard review.

Kondo's toughest assignment is to sort by category, asking each item if it brings you joy. Like, she wants you to lay out every piece of clothing you own on the floor so that you can see what you own. And when you can see every piece of clothing you own in front of you, you have to question your relationship with it. If it doesn't bring you joy, it goes in the garbage or gets donated. If it gets sent away, you need to send it away with gratitude. There's more to this process than I can capture here, but I won't spoil it for you. You need to read the book.

And you need to quit dissing your socks. No, really. Kondo says,

"Have you ever had the experience where you thought what you were doing was a good thing but later learned that it hurt someone? At the time, you were totally unconcerned, oblivious to the other person's feelings. This is somewhat similar to the way many of us treat our socks."

Your sucks HURT emotionally when you roll them into balls. According to Marie Kondo.

It's funny to read, in its way, but what she's really talking about is our relationship to what we own and what that relationship means in the context of our lives. It's the meaning of the stuff that makes it so complicated. How many pictures of my mother do I need to save? What does it say if I discard a gift that someone chose for me? The answers to these questions are in this book. Or at least a helpful process for moving toward those answers. And there's a great chapter on the seductive nature of organization products and how to break up with them.

Probably my most immediate takeaway from Kondo's book is the section on sorting papers. There's a small list of things you need to keep - in my case, tax paperwork as I'm self-employed - but everything else? Kondo says pitch it. Chuck it. Throw it away. An instant cure for the stack of appliance manuals I had on my table. I thought the buyer of our Virginia house should have them, but I never quite got them in the mail to the realtor's office. Yesterday, I picked them all up and threw them in the garbage. Google it, dude.

I'm thinking seriously about dropping my grandma's dishes at the thrift store. For real, this time.

Good book. I recommend it. And I recommend it with a bottle of Apathy Anti-Bad-Mood Spray - to refresh your mind and your space while you sort.

--Heidi

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Special for Denver, Colorado RIGHT HERE.

Inspired by the people I met on a recent trip to Denver, I'm running a new ad in Colorado's Westword publication.

 

 

This week's special: Purchase a full-sized bottle of Apathy and you will receive a set of four mini-misters as a bonus gift!

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Gretchen Rubin's Happiness Projects: Happier at Home in 21 Days or Less?

It's hard to disturb Kiki and White Kitty just to make the bed.

 

I've never read a book by Gretchen Rubin and yet...I love everything she has to say. She is a master at sharing helpful content on the Internet. You really must visit her website or subscribe to her monthly emails.

I started making my bed each day after Gretchen Rubin advised that making your bed was [oddly] linked to happiness. I did make my bed, but only if it didn't disturb the kitties snuggled up in the blankets.

So, following Rubin's advice, I started making the bed religiously. In spite of the kitties. And making the bed often extended into a quick tidy of the bedroom in general. (Which, by the way, involves a quick spray of Apathy aromatherapy spray to clean the air.) And when I come in to a calm, clean bedroom at the end of the day...I find I AM happier. Oddly enough.

Gretchen Rubin has a new series of "21 Day Projects" to help you find more happiness at home. There's one on de-cluttering; one to help you stop yelling at your kids; one to improve your relationship; and the one I'm going to try - "Getting to Know Yourself Better." Seems so relevant as I process the artifacts of my past lives and try to figure out what happens next. Each program is $4.99 - but the relationship series is free.

If you sign up for one, let me know. Maybe we can digest and share our findings by email?

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Simply Charming in Winchester, VA now stocking aromatherapy mood sprays!

  

 

Anti bad mood aromatherapy sprays are now for sale at Simply Charming in Winchester, VA!

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New Labels.

Over the next few days, we'll be working on uploading photos of the new labels to the shop's website. The new labels include the funny descriptions from the website - a request from 100 percent of our customers! Here's a preview of the new labels from front and back:


 



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Now Available at Four Seasons Resort and Club, Dallas!

 

 

HR Products is pleased to announce that our anti-bad-mood sprays are now available at the Four Seasons Spa at Las Colinas in Dallas, Texas!

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Aromatherapy mood lifting sprays on DailyCandy.com

Our anti-bad-mood sprays were featured in a hilarious anti-Valentine's slideshow, "(Not So) Bitter Party of One" on DailyCandy.com  

The feature made me so happy - I love DailyCandy.


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Why I Developed A Set of Anti-Bad Mood Sprays: 1.0


Why did I develop a set of anti-bad mood sprays? Not just for you. Not just for your office or your home. 

I did it because when I arrived at my office this morning, one of the building tenants had parked in the driveway entrance to the parking lot. And left his car there for 45 minutes so no one could get in or out of the office garage. Which meant I had to find a spot on the street and then, when he finally left, drop what I was doing and move my car again. The fact that he thought he could do that without worrying about the rest of the building's schedule? That's why I developed

Aggressive™. 

Blended with aromatherapy essential oils to calm me down. Which is good. Because sniffing herbal room sprays is so much more acceptable than letting the air out of his tires.Or whatever I would have said if I'd run into him in the hallway.Fresh orange. Maybe I can pretend I'm somewhere else. Like an citrus grove in Florida. Instead of this old, smelly, office building where I don't even get to use the parking spot that I PAY FOR. 

--Heidi

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BUY THREE GET ONE FREE + Free Shipping: Cyber Monday deal!



TODAY ONLY: Buy three aromatherapy mood sprays (your choice) and get one free*. 

The perfect office gift for your secret Santa; the natural antidote for bad smells in workplace restrooms, at home, or in the car. 

Apathy™; The Antidote for Ego; Passive and Aggressive™ aromatherapy mood sprays are spray-able essential oils. Each formula is custom blended to combat a specific kind of bad mood. The scent is subtle enough for use in shared spaces. 

*The purchase price will be refunded to your credit card when order is processed. 

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Cubicle Mood Sprays: Secret Santa Office Gift Guide

 

 

 

How many times a day do you find yourself thinking, "I hate my boss?" Google Analytics tells us that this phrase brings more people to The Antidote for Ego website than any other. The sad part is that people aren't even really looking for a "cure," per se. They're just making a kind of search engine confession. These are desperate times.

Cubicle mood sprays can't fix your situation, but they will help you cope. At least in a small way. The aromatherapy blends in each bottle were developed to mitigate common workplace complaints; behaviors that affect all of us at one time or another.

The biggest seller on my website is Apathy - and Apathy is a great cubicle mood spray to start with if you've never tried aromatherapy before. It's a fresh, grapefruit scent subtle enough for use in a shared space. The natural citrus will clean bad food smells out of the air and improve your mood.

A great idea for your Secret Santa, but mostly, a great idea just for you. Free shipping through the holidays.

 

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