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Organizing versus Cleaning

Organizing versus Cleaning


spark joyI recently read Marie Kondo’s book Spark Joy.  Chapter one starts with “Tidying is the act of confronting yourself: cleaning is the act of confronting nature.” Organizing versus cleaning – that sounded interesting to me!

One thing is for sure, we can’t deny that Marie Kondo has challenged our views of our relationship with stuff.  We have been forced to consider if every item in our home really sparks joy, and if it does not, she encourages us to just get rid of it.

I sometimes go around thinking, This thing has not sparked joy in a long time. Can I donate it, or can I recycle it, or does it just need to go?  Regularly, I have been getting rid of things that people may have given me. We have all been guilty of getting a gift and thinking, ”Oh my, how long do I have to keep this?” It ends up staying in your home way longer than you meant to have it just because you didn’t want to hurt someone’s feelings.

I have been regularly confronting myself about what I have in my home and my closet. I have to confess to having a book addiction. I probably have a couple of thousands of them in my home. That category will have to wait for the end!

Marie Kondo also made me look at cleaning differently. I never thought of cleaning as “confronting nature,” but that’s what that is. I don’t have to describe the dirt in our homes!  I have a lovely tree outside my front door, and twice a year, I feel like it moves inside!  In the fall all of the leaves just find their way inside the house; in the spring, flower petals can be found all the way in the kitchen.

I appreciate that there is a real distinction between organizing and cleaning.  Organizing deals with our stuff and our feeling about it.  Cleaning deals with the everyday dust that magically appears in our homes.

I see people on Facebook all the time saying they are cleaning before their cleaning people come. You stand corrected! You are organizing before the cleaning people come!

If you have not read Marie Kondo’s book, Spark Joy.  I highly recommend it. It will inspire you to question the items you have in your home.

Cris Sgrott

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