The Fragrance of Love: Tidyness

by Cathy Baker

I LOVE the idea of tidying up.

I’m a sucker for book covers. Case in point: the life-changing magic of tidying up…the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing, by Marie Kondo. 

I didn’t go in search of such a book. In fact, I was looking for a new Ravensburger puzzle when the cover caught my eye. Once inside, however, I was immediately drawn to the clean lines, white space, and content. 

Books on organization of all types line my shelves but I knew this one offered a unique twist. After all, this New York Times Best Seller has sold two million copies worldwide. Maybe there was hope for me after all. 

In all fairness to the author, I don’t want to give away all her secrets but one small, yet significant suggestion she makes is to touch everything when deciding what to do with it. If that particular thing doesn’t spark a sense of joy, out it goes!

Lucky for Marie Kondo, the idea of a tidy, uncluttered home did indeed spark a sense of joy within. It’s a keeper. 

I’m not going to vacuum until Sears makes one you can ride on. -Roseanne Barr
The best time for planning a book is while you’re doing the dishes. -Agatha Christie

Your turn! What area is in most need of organizing in your home? (If you say books, you’re not alone.)

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