There are some people who seem to be naturally tidy. Maybe their mother taught them well; maybe they have a natural penchant for cleanliness and organization. Whatever the reason, there are some people who just seem to glide effortlessly through a pristine, minimalist existence. I am not one of those people. Apparently, Marie Kondo is.
As a child, Kondo was naturally neat with a keen interest in leading an organized life. She devoured lifestyle magazines, made her own drawer organizers, and even went through a phase of throwing out her family’s belongings all in an effort to improve her surroundings. As a young adult, she tirelessly researched the topic of home organization, even looking at the psychology behind it. Her findings and theories were later applied, with varying degrees of success, in her career as a professional organizer. Years of research combined with years of experience eventually led Kondo discover a tried-and-true method for living a tidy life.
Growing up with a horde of siblings, I never had my own space. Even my drawers were shared, with everything I owned spilling over into my sister’s side and vice versa. The concept of having a space dedicated only to me and the things I loved most was completely foreign to me. This shortcoming haunted me well into my adult life, causing my college dorm room, my first apartment and even my first house, to all become stressful, out of control messes. Eventually, I muddled through and figured it all out, but it would have been a heck of a lot easier if I had Marie Kondo and her words of wisdom leading the way.