You may have heard of the book that I am reading: The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo. Heck, you may even be reading it yourself.
I found it on audio for free (after I bought the hardcover!) on YouTube. I sent the link out to my virtual book club (we’ve only actually read 2 books together; this would be number 3) in case anyone else wanted to read it and talk about it. Or more importantly, to read it and then to act on it.
I decided to act immediately upon finishing a section. I finished the first section that said to start with your clothes, so I did. It took me about half an hour to empty out all the closets and drawers and make the big pile of clothes.
It took me about 11 hours to discard everything I wasn’t keeping and then to put back everything that I was keeping!
Do not let this dissuade you! Full disclosure: I did try on a lot of things before I decided to keep them. Even if the item did “spark joy” (criterion from the book), I didn’t feel joyful in too-tight pants.
After I emptied my clothes out, I took a picture of the pile and texted it to my husband (the husband who had brought this book to my attention once or twice before I bought it), who was at work.
I didn’t receive a reply.
Me: Did you get my text?
He: Well, what?
Me: I thought you’d be glad to see that I started on the tidying up.
He: No! It was terrible! Looking at that made me anxious all day!
File under ‘be careful what you wish for’, husband.