Monday Mantra: The Art of Tidying Up

Weekend Plans

Although I never read Marie Kondo’s book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” my experience this past weekend was an eye-opener. You never realize how much stuff you have until you go through your home room-by-room and begin to declutter. That’s exactly what I started to do over the weekend, and boy, was it a chore. As if my back didn’t already hurt after a long work week, spending an entire Sunday “tidying up” surely did it no favors.

But I learned an important lesson in the process—I have a lot of (unnecessary) stuff. As I went through clothing I haven’t worn in years, old textbooks from college, and assorted possessions that I had long forgotten about, I thought of Kondo’s book—and how I need to read it so I can simplify my belongings.

While I don’t consider myself a pack-rat by any means, certain articles of clothing have hung around for longer than they should have because they reminded me of a certain time in my life. As I began to go through a dresser filled with things I haven’t worn in years, it made me realize that I could probably learn a thing or two from Kondo’s book.

I am happy to report that after a full day of straightening out, I have made progress in the organizational department. But now I’m left wondering where my weekend went?

*Photo via @letterfolk



  1. I just saw a segment on Sunday morning about this book. I am tempted to grab it. In the segment, she mentioned that you should pray for the item that you are giving away. If I did that, I would be a clients’ houses forever during closet audits. Lol! I think it’s a sign that I need to get it since I was thinking about it. Have a great week Vanessa!

    1. If I did that, I’d be purging (and praying) for my closet forever. I can’t believe how many pieces I have accumulated over the years. This was just part one of my closet purge. Let me know your thoughts, if you read the book. It’s next on my reading list.

  2. I hear you. I actually did some spring cleaning on Saturday and I feel so much lighter. You may want to try out Poshmark to sell gently used clothing and accessories. I’ve been using it lately in order to purge my closet and it’s very user friendly.

    Taffeta & Tulips

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