So this section of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up was probably the one that was the least helpful or inspirational to me.
In fact, I sort of speed-read through some of the sections.
I felt the most important quote was this one: “Designate a spot for every last thing you own.”
And this is why: “The reason every item must have a designated place is because the existence of an item without a home multiplies the chances that your space will become cluttered again.”
I’ve always said I’m a big believer in “A place for everything and everything in its place.” However, as I read through this section of the book, I realized how many things I have that don’t truly have a designated place.
Or, that sort of have a designated place, but I’ve been so lax about actually putting them in that place that I might as well have not assigned them a place in the first place!
Empty your bag every day??
Marie Kondo also makes a strong case for why you should empty your purse/bag every day. I’m really torn on this one, personally.
I see the value in cleaning out your purse/bag daily so that it doesn’t become a traveling trash can (ahem), but it also feels like extra effort — especially since I only use one bag and don’t swap between multiple handbags.
I would worry that I’d forgot to put something in it (like my wallet or something) when filling it each day and it also just feels like extra effort to pack and unpack it each day. What do you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Did you read along with section 4 today? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it or on what I shared above.
P.S. If you have a few minutes, you might enjoy watching my latest Periscope video from this morning. I shared more in-depth how reading this book has impacted me and talk about what “spark joy” really means to me and why reading this book is inspiring me to get rid of my massive book pile next to my bed. Watch it here.
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