part two: the life-changing magic of tidying up the japanese art of decluttering and organizing

Last month we blogged about a book we were reading called ,  the life-changing magic of tidying up, the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing by Marie Kondo & our real life application to our clothes. 

We wanted to continue sharing our journey and we’re now on to the second part of the tidying process:


where we continued to ask ourselves the question:

Does it Bring Us Joy?


We thought clothes were hard, but BOOKS were truly harder. In fact, we had to do the process twice. Again, the idea starts with the fact that you have to gather ALL of your books into the same place to begin. So every book in our house was gathered in our dining room to begin the process. Then you take all of the books, place them on the floor, and pick up one at a time asking yourself, “Does it bring me joy”.

Here is a photo that is a part of the process:


We had to do this process TWICE because the first time we were holding on to books that didn’t bring us joy, but something else was making us hold on to them.

 So we did it again and then, we then examined that “something else.”

Some we kept because they held sentimental value.

Some we kept because we thought maybe we’d read it one day. (how many unread books can one keep on their shelves? The answer will surprise you).

But the strangest reasons of keeping books was an accomplished feeling of,   “Yeah, I read that” or even more embarrassing a strange proud feeling of

 “Yeah, I never read it, but hey, I own it!”

But the truth was, “Yeah, I read that 15 years ago, (or am never going to read it),  and now it’s been sitting here collecting dust and turning yellow and it’s FINALLY time to let it go and let someone else read it.”

We found that we hold on to books we’ve read for

1) tangible evidence that we existed in the past

2) tangible proof we’ll be well-read in the future.

The book on the left we were keeping for sentimental value. In the second round of  “tidying” books it made it to the giveaway pile. With a title like “The Things They Carried,” it was a reminder to NOT CARRY THINGS.

The book on the right, well, we own two copies. So even though its a favorite and it brings us joy, the second copy made it’s way to the giveaway pile :)


And VOILA! Here you have the before and after.

Another feeling of weight being lifted.

Packages will be mailed this week to those who reached out to us to receive a surprise book in the mail!! (We posted this giveaway on instagram incase you missed it, and we’ll be giving away a few more things in the weeks to come!). the_life_changing_Magic_of_tidying_up_Books_minamilist_0010

if you truly follow the Konmari method, it works. You question it as you’re piling up boxes and bags of things you’re going to give away, “Really, is this going to make me happy?” And then the reality sinks in. After giving things away that don’t spark joy.  you are left only with that stuff that brings you joy. THAT feeling is what makes the process so magical.

So. What’s next to tidy?  So glad you asked.

Next up is PAPERS, (which we will be tackling this week BUT we may or may not blog about because really, do you want to see photos of us sitting on the floor shredding papers?)

Okay maybe you do want to see us blog about tidying our papers?  Leave a comment & let us know! Otherwise, we’ll move on to the part we’ve been most excited for….

drumroll please….


tchotch·ke (ya know, misc stuff?!)

and we’ve started the collecting process and putting in the same room today. Didn’t realize we were cat people,  but we are in-fact. Stay tuned for the next step in our tidying process.

Here are before & after’s of everything we have tidied so far