The first half of my life I was a pack rat. Not in the hoarder type way but I definitely held on to things I really didn't need to. My wife has been trying to beat that out of me. And for the most part, I've gotten better. Over the years I've let her down size a lot my...crap. But I know I can get rid of more.

Then I saw this new show on Netlfix called "Tidying Up With Marie Kondo". It peaked my interest for a couple reasons. First, I was curious to see how bad other people were when it came to hanging on to stuff. Second, I wanted to see if I can take my game up another notch. The answer to that is yes...yes I can.

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Here are some tips from her show for getting rid of the clutter in your house.

  • Take Inventory: That means get out all your stuff and dump it in a pile in the middle of a room. Start with clothes. The thought being, once you see all of it, it makes it easier to get rid of it. You can work your way to books, electronics, etc.
  • Ask Yourself "Does It Spark Joy?": Look at everything individually and ask yourself "does this really bring me joy". Be honest with yourself. You might be surprised how many things really don't.
  • A Place For Everything: Don't just leave things in an "area". Everything should have a specific spot. It will decrease clutter and you'll always know where it is.

It's amazing how good you feel after getting rid of things you don't need. It's like a huge weight being lifted. For more tips from Marie click here.

Here's her method of folding clothes.