tidying up

I’ve started a funny daily ritual the last month or so. It’s basically a turn down service… for myself. Sometime in the hours before bed, I tidy my bedroom, turn off the overhead and turn on the bedside lights, fluff the pillows and turn down the covers. That way, when I’m ready to turn in, I snuggle up in a hotel-esque oasis. It makes the every day event of going to bed feel luxurious.

Now, I haven’t started putting chocolates on my pillows yet, but maybe I will.

I got to thinking about this the other day when I realized it’s been almost exactly a year since I started the process of “Kon Mari-ing” my life. I read Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, for my book club last March and it really did change my life.

I am far from perfectly tidy, and I’m not going to try to summarize her book here. It should be required reading for all humans, so I’m just going to recommend you purchase it and read it yourself. What I do want to do here is tell you that my life was forever changed by that book — not because I learned the best ways to fold clothes and stay organized — but because I learned how to create an environment in which I can thrive. Her philosophy changed my relationship with things, with money, and with my home. Tidying Up was also one of the first meaningful interactions I had with the idea of good energy making an impact on one’s life — an idea I plan to explore further in future posts.

All this to say, for those of you who (like me) are on this journey of self-improvement, I think The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up is an excellent place to start.

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