Marie Kondō Book Review

If you’ve been keeping up with my journey or are just learning about minimalism, then this is a definite book you should read. It’s called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondō. Does her name sound familiar? She has a new show on Netflix! If you’ve started watching it, I recommend reading her books! Marie Kondō created a tidying method of her own and has a widely large clientele where she assists people in cleaning and organizing their homes. In this book, you’ll learn about her method, clients she’s assisted, and how you can achieve a tidy and stress free home.

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My review is as follows:

I enjoyed reading this book. I found that a lot of things that she mentioned to do I was already doing! While I continued to read, it made me want to start cleaning and purging right away but I made myself finish the book before going any further with the process.

I’ll admit I did skip some parts here and there as they did not pertain to me(ie: keeping manuals, living with large families, etc)

One thing I really enjoyed was her explaining the process in which you should tidy your things – starting with clothes, books, and then going down the line of everything else. Reading it made so much sense to me and made sense to the fact that even tidying in this order can create less stress about it. I’ve been putting it to the test and have been thoroughly impressed.

Before reading this book, my only basis to declutter and organize was to hold the items and ask “Does this spark joy?” I would fly around my room and look at everything I could visibly see and just start discarding. With the new method found in this book, it became a lot easier to sort and discard by category rather than place. It also made the process go a lot faster.

From start to finish I always felt motivated and inspired to start tidying more. Something I really loved was that she stated she is a self-proclaimed lazy person yet she keeps her space tidy and organized. All you need to do is find your balance and what works best for you and you can achieve the perfect environment for your house and yourself.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I intend to keep it around to look back as a guideline and to keep myself motivated to stay clutter free for life!

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As for her Netflix show, if you haven’t started this yet I also recommend it! Something I found really helpful in the show is that she shows you how to fold your clothing. Her method is listed in her book however I’m a visual learner so I didn’t really understand the concept. Watching her actually do it on her show has been life-changing. I actually look forward to folding my clothes now!

 

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Decorating: Minimalist Style

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I love home decor and decorating. I’ve had my bedroom style change so much over the years and while I loved each one, I never felt completely at home. Sometimes you walk into a room and it just doesn’t feel right. It doesn’t give you the right energy. Thinking back to all my previous rooms I definitely had a lot of stuff around. I had posters and pictures all over the walls, furniture, dolls, etc. I definitely had no concept of minimalism back then. When I first moved to California I was still in high school and obsessed with The Hunger Games. I had everything: movie posters, magazines, signed posters, pictures…you get it. All of that covered my walls and including all my regular decor. Since then, my style has changed and the amount of things in my room has dwindled down. I believe that with many different moves, I got tired of having to pack up everything, unpack, decorate, and then take it down again. It’s exhausting! In the condo I currently live in, I finally feel at peace with my room. I still keep decorating here and there to complete my aesthetic but I’ve never felt more comfortable in my bedroom before!

Decorating your home can be tough as a minimalist. If you search for a minimalist room you’re bound to find a lot of white walls, limited furniture, and a few pictures or plants. As I’ve said before, there’s no correct way to be a minimalist. It’s whatever brings you joy to your life! Me personally, I hate having empty wall space so I make sure to utilize as much of it as I can. Here are some tips to help you get started.

  1. Use what you have. I do urge you to use some decor that you already have as it saves you money and makes your room a little more special! However, situations can change. Two years ago I purged almost all of the decor in my room. I had gotten out of a long-term relationship and had so much negative energy surrounding me and my room. The more I thought about it the more I realized that all the decor I had was everything to do with my ex. I wanted a room that was specifically ME. So I do approve that if you need that change – GO FOR IT!
  2. It’s OK to have stuff. The goal of minimalism is not to get rid of everything and have a bland room. The goal is to let go of things that don’t bring you joy anymore; to cleanse your house and your emotional well being of any negativity. I purged through some of my books but there are still a bunch that I want to keep! I love rereading them or they have sentimental value to me. They still bring me joy so they stay! As long as you are happy with the outcome, that’s all that matters!
  3. Purge before decorating. If you started minimalism already then by now you should have gone through most of your items and purged what doesn’t bring you joy. If you’re reading this now and are interested in minimalism, then I urge you to purge! Going through all your items will be extremely beneficial for you. You may find some decor you’d like to use or find something to DIY! There are endless possibilities out there for you!

Now ladies and gentlemen, the moment you’ve been waiting for! Here is what I recently did to redecorate my room.

The dresser: I originally had my dresser in my closet because I didn’t like having so much furniture out in my room space. I kept it that way for well over a year and finally I had enough. I started hating having the dresser in my closet as it was hard to get some clothes and my closet felt way more unorganized and cluttered. So out it came! I didn’t want to leave the top bare but wasn’t completely sure what to do with it. I knew I wanted more plants so I got myself a new succulent and cactus. Their spot on the dresser gives them the most sunlight in my room. The vase in the middle was a gift from my dad. Originally it was on my nightstand but I love this arrangement so much better! The seashells and rocks I added because they just fit so well! They originally were laid out on my bookshelf and looked completely out of place. My soap stone jewelry dish, a gift from my mom, was also added to the top along with my copy of Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur. When I look at my dresser now everything is so perfectly placed and it brings me such a peaceful energy when I look at it.

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Wall shelves: When I first added the shelves I used them to hold my plants. They did well but definitely did not get enough sunlight. I was unsure what to put there so I went to Target and decided to peruse. I found the picture frame and fell in love with it! It’s so simple and fits my aesthetic perfectly(all I need now is the perfect picture!) I did one more walk through in the decor section and happened to come across this decorative vase. I instantly fell in love! It’s so cute and fits my color scheme so it was a must have! The top shelf is a work in progress but I do like what’s there now. The candle is from Gypsy Vine Co and it smells amazing! The “No New Friends” was a Christmas gift from one of my close friends and it’s just too cute to not display! I have a feeling I’ll add something else to the top shelf eventually but for now it’s perfect!

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—————————————————————————————————————————————–Trying to purge and redecorate can get overwhelming when you start this path of minimalism. You’re creating a whole new life for yourself! It’s a new way of thinking and living. Like I said, my room is still a work in progress and that’s okay! It’s taken me quite a while to figure out what I truly wanted it to look like. We constantly change as people and what we want in our lives. I always had a basic idea of what I wanted my room to look like but couldn’t really piece it together. Pinterest is a helpful site when you’re looking for ideas. I surfed through there for so many hours just looking at different room ideas and seeing what really grabbed my attention and what I aspired my room to look like. In the end, my room is completely my own! It may have the qualities of someone else’s but everything in here I’ve handpicked for myself and fallen in love with. It’s an amazing feeling and knowing that only a few things and the experiences with it give me so much joy makes all of this worth it. Once my room is finally complete I’ll share pictures in a new post – stay tuned!

My Benefits of a Weighted Blanket

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I heard about weighted blankets a long time ago because a friend of mine had purchased one. She said she absolutely loved it and after that I completely forgot about them until recently. I don’t remember exactly how(probably an online ad) but I started becoming interested in them. I read reviews and posts about them and how life changing they were for some people. I also came across an article that someone wrote about their child who has AD/HD and how beneficial the weighted blanket was for them.

In my post about my mental health, I mentioned that a lot of changes have been happening in my life the last few months. I’ve been switching between a few medications and had a new diagnosis that I was trying to work through. Just recently I had another doctor appointment where they are questioning another diagnosis for me and the potential for another medication switch. Basically there’s still a lot going on for me and my health and I’ve been doing my best to find my coping mechanisms.

And now we get to the weighted blanket! After reading several articles about how they’re very beneficial for people with mental illnesses I was hooked on wanting one. There are many different kinds out there but the one I have is The Calming Comfort Weighted Blanket. From their website, here is how they explain how the blanket works: The Calming Comfort™ Weighted Blanket applies an even amount of pressure over your body to help the production of serotonin and melatonin (the body’s primary sleep hormones), simulating Deep Touch Pressure Stimulation. It feels like a warm hug, immediately sending you into a state of comfort and relaxation.

Knowing this and the information I found from the articles, I was very eager to get one. I have a few mental illnesses and I also have a hard time sleeping. The sleeping part I always struggled with, even as a baby! It always takes me a long time to fall asleep and when I do, I constantly wake up throughout the night.

Okay, fast forward to actually getting the blanket. *This is not an exaggeration* It literally feels like heaven. I immediately snuggled up with it on the couch and having all that weight on me felt so good. Not to mention it’s extremely soft too! My first night sleeping with the blanket was one of the best sleeps I had had in a long time. I woke up feeling refreshed and actually well rested. Now I know you’re probably thinking, ‘Well Kait, how do you REALLY know that it was working?’. One night I went to bed without the blanket. I had it nearby but was just too lazy to grab it. Nothing changed during my day or in my normal routine. I did everything as I normally would have, took the same medications, and had my same bedtime routine. I had also been using the weighted blanket for about a week every night already as well. That night I felt SO distressed! I couldn’t get comfortable and when I finally fell asleep I was awake maybe 30 minutes later. This went on for a few hours. I eventually grabbed my weighted blanket and fell asleep shortly after – and stayed asleep.

Ever since then I have used my blanket every night and the occasional cuddle on the couch. I have been falling asleep faster and staying asleep the entire night. I wake up feeling well rested and comfortable. It’s been very rare that I wake up without anxiety anymore! I highly recommend you give the weighted blanket a try. If you struggle with anxiety, depression, or AD/HD then this blanket is truly a great gift. It’s also helpful for those that have an issue being touched by other people. Some of my friends, myself included, don’t necessarily prefer to be touched when we’re having an anxiety or panic attack. Some don’t like to be touched in general. For them it’s not a great way to get them to calm down; it only amps up their anxiety. This blanket could be an option for them as it will stimulate the pressure stimulation without having to feel another person on them.

Check out their website and find more testimonials about the blanket!