Tidying the Nest

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Earlier in the summer amidst all of the clutter and chaos my house became after we began a renovation on an RV all summer (post to come), I looked around and thought, “This house is a disaster and as soon as the kids move out I’m purging all this stuff BIG time!” Technically, I might have actually said that statement out loud more than a few times. I think my receptors to words like clean, tidy, organized, and stress-free were heightened because I heard these words everywhere associated with Marie Kondo’s book. So, after much hype on blogs and GMA, I drank the koolaid and bought the book.

Ms. Kondo is touted as an organizer extraordinaire. She has developed a method of organizing called the KonMari method that has literally swept Japan’s households clean of clutter. Ms. Kondo describes her methods in detail throughout the book as well as sharing some of her personal history. All of that aside, I was underwhelmed by the book. I’ve read organizing books before, and just maybe I was hoping for a cleaning fairy wand, but I was disappointed.

What I did like about the book:

Her methods for folding are genius. I’m still working through the discarding of my clothes but I’m impressed so far. As a lifetime baller of socks, the idea for storing socks has really helped me save time and helped me to quickly get to the socks that I want. Also, the order and manner of discarding is unique. When I sorted my tops, for instance, the book instructs you to pile all of your tops from everywhere in the house (except the ones in the laundry) together to sort. Instead of room by room or closet by closet, she has you gather all of the like items into the same location before you discard. I found this idea easier than other methods and quicker. Lastly, Ms. Kondo states that the discard will take months. She’s right. Her approach is more comprehensive but I believe it will yield better results. This idea is obvious yet candidly refreshing.

 

What I did not like about the book:

Some of the practices that she would like you to incorporate as you are tidying are unrealistic and are perhaps better understood in a Japanese culture. I found some of them odd and off-putting. For instance, she suggests that you remove all of the contents from your purse each night, thank the purse for its service and allow it to rest for the evening before refilling the purse in the morning. Not going to happen here. Poor purse. She also requests that you verbally greet your home when you arrive and as you tidy your space and discard items that you thank the items for their service. Again, not for me. These practices are probably a reflection of her Shinto beliefs.

Ms. Kondo also shares parts of her personal history to explain her passion for organizing. I found most of these personal stories distracting to the book’s purpose. One story would’ve been sufficient instead of interspersed throughout the book. Perhaps, these personal insights would’ve been better suited to a memoir rather than a book on organizing. In addition, I also found the English translation glitchy at times. While the words were probably translated right, the overall gist was wonky in these places.

 

Ms. Kondo’s mantra to use while discarding is: Does it spark joy?  Overall, I’d say this book is a 2.5 stars joy out of 5 stars joy rating. I’m encouraged to use what I like from the book and discard the rest.

Blessings,

Mimi

So clean house! Make a clean sweep of malice and pretense, envy and hurtful talk. You’ve had a taste of God. Now, like infants at the breast, drink deep of God’s pure kindness. Then you’ll grow up mature and whole in God.” 1 Peter 2:1-3 The Message

 

My Favorite Things Revisited

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Today’s post is a revisit of My Favorite Things from last year. Coming up on Thursday, I’ll be posting My Favorite Things 2014.  

Mimi

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Today, I’m joining in with other bloggers for Melissa’s annual Favorite Things Link up Party  @ 320 Sycamore.  This party that she hosts is one of my favorites that I look forward to every year.  This year, I’m sharing some products that are favorites I discovered this year and some that I’ve enjoyed for many years.

1. Pacific Organic Soup: This soup line is delicious.  I just discovered it.  I haven’t tried all of them but the butternut squash and the tomato are yummy.

Organic Creamy Butternut Squash

2. Bookmarks magazine is a wonderful way to find new books and read reviews.  I particularly like the “Have You Read” section where readers send in their lists.

Bookmarks Magazine

3. Musee Bath Balls:  They’re made local and are all natural ingredients.  I particularly love “Man of Constant Sorrow”.  I have arthritis and it’s great for sore muscles and joints.

4. Paddywax Library Candles: This line carries candles named after several famous authors each with their own unique scent.  I like the tobacco flower and vanilla mix found in the Mark Twain candle.  The scent smells like what I would expect his library to smell like.

5. Wet N Wild  Fergie Nail Polish in Going Platinum: All bright and shiny and perfect for the holidays {and later}.

Wet n Wild Fergie Nail Color Going Platinum6. The Good Home Co. Beach Days Hand Soap smells wonderful –just like the beach. A little pricey but on cold winter days –lifts your spirits of warmer days to come.

7. A Lighted Seam Ripper with a magnifier is an awesome thing when you make the number of mistakes I do sewing and have difficulty seeing those tiny stitches clearly.

Mighty Bright - LED Lighted Seam Ripper with Magnifier8. Yoga Mat Sanuk Flip Flops: The bed of the flip flop is made from yoga mats so they’re super cushy.

Yoga Mat9. Popcorn Indiana’s Black and White Kettlecorn: I hesitate to suggest this popcorn treat.  You’ll love it and it’s not calorie free.  I buy mine at Sam’s but I’ve seen it at other locations even Dollar Tree.

Popcorn, Indiana Drizzled Black & White Kettlecorn10. Solar Shield Sunglasses: These glasses wrap around your regular glasses without being wobbly.

What are some of your favorite products?

Click on the favorite things image and you can visit Melissa’s site and the others who are participating.

favorite things 2013Blessings,

Mimi

“Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name…who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”  Psalm 103:1,5  NIV Bible

 

Friday Finds #4

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I have some fun finds for you today.  Just click on the picture to visit the sites.  Happy Friday!

This peach walnut dump cake looks yummy and easy from Mostly Homemade Mom. The other recipes look really good too!

These pumpkin designs are cool from Alisa Burke.

Halloween and Fall graphics from The Graphic Fairy and don’t you love that they’re free?!

50 Fantastic Halloween and Fall Graphics  //  The Graphics FairyAwesome and inexpensive Halloween crafts from Better Homes and Gardens — I think this wreath looks really easy to make.

Sophisticated Swarm Wreath

I think this idea from My Soulful Home is really clever.

Pumpkins from Scrubbing pads a repurpose http://mysoulfulhome.comBlessings,

Mimi

“Then I was the craftsman at his side.  I was filled with delight day after day, rejoicing always in his presence,”  Proverbs 8:30  NIV Bible