I hugged every last one of my possessions and all I got was this VERY TIDY house

I wrote on Facebook a few weeks ago that John and I were in the process of KonMari-ing our house. I had been thinking about doing it for a long time. I'd had a sample of the book (The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up) on my Kindle for months. But I kept putting it off for a few reasons: 1) I'm terrible at following other people's rules, and I figured I'd crap out on this thing after a minute, 2) I was against the idea of tidying categories of items one at a time--collecting ALL the clothes and then ALL the books from every room in the house--instead of just getting it done one room at time, as I'd always done (and, alas, my house always ended up disorganized again), and 3) I was NOT buying into the idea of hugging my shit and deciding whether or not it brought me joy. That was a bridge too far for me.

But then something flipped. I don't know. I think maybe it was because the kids were about to be off of school and I saw the summer looming in front of us, and I thought, "Hey, this is something for us to do." Maybe it was because my book was about to launch (buy it here!), and I needed something to distract my mind.

Regardless, I jumped in with both feet.

In case you're new to the whole KonMari thing, it's basically a tidying marathon. Marie Kondo (KonMari) is a tidying expert. Yes, apparently that's a thing. She boasts a 100% success rate (that in itself should've been enough to turn me off, because who is SHE?). Kondo recommends tidying your house category by category (first clothes, then books, then physical media, etc., until you get to the really personal stuff at the end, like photographs and letters), and she believes you should only keep the things that spark joy. That's really the only criteria for or against keeping anything.

I was so skeptical. Everything brings me joy! I need all my things! But, as I really got into the process, I found that it was very easy for me to find stuff that sparked the opposite of joy--the stuff that actively annoyed me, the glasses that were always a pain to clean, the jeans that never fit right, the sweater that made me look like a Christmas box.

These things are all gone.

In their place are things that I really like--pants that make me feel good, bags that I love, underwear that is car-accident ready--and each and every thing has its place. Right now, you could walk into my house and open any drawer or closet door and I WOULD NOT BE MORTIFIED. I might even invite you to peek.

Come. Enter my home, and let me walk you through this journey.

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I wrote a book! It's YA novel, THE SOUND OF US. You can find the details right here! Kirkus calls it "a winning story about a teenage voice student that hits all the right notes."

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