The Big Spring Fling

The origin of the centuries-old tradition of spring cleaning is murky, but the tendency to want to get things in your home spruced up and cleaned out around the time the tulips pop up remains tenacious. Maybe it’s the fresh spring air or the renewed energy that seems to hit each year around March that encourages the flinging out of unwanted items and sudden compulsive bouts of deep cleaning. Whatever the reason, the trend continues, and the world seems to be full of new twists on old ways to get back to basics and organize one’s home and life.

We certainly can’t argue with the notion. Decluttering your living spaces does a world of good in other aspects of your life, as well—it helps increase productivity, leads to better financial management (we’ve all bought a replacement item only to find the original magically appear as soon as we walk back in the door), and causes drops in stress levels. With all the good it does, it can be difficult to get started…and downright dizzying to sort through all the methods, tips, and tricks for getting there.

With that in mind, we’ve narrowed down the playing field a bit. Here’s our take on a few of the philosophies and personalities in the organizational world:

Marie Kondo

How could we not put this soft-spoken force of organizational accomplishment and Netflix’s Tidying Up star at the top of the list? It seems everywhere you look there’s some reference to Konmari or sparking joy scattered about on social media, the TV, and in the bookstore. The basic premise of the Kondo method is doing things once and never again. In her book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, she walks you through five major categories of stuff to organize in their totality. She strongly emphasizes letting go of things which do not spark joy when you hold them. It’s a nice, almost spiritual approach to the inanimate objects that surround us. Her success stories are numerous, and while your life may be thrown into chaos for several days as you go through her system, the outcome is a home that will (hopefully) never need a tidying-up overhaul again.

The FlyLady

If the mere thought of piling every single item of your wardrobe into the middle of the room and going through it at once threatens to break you out in hives, Marie Cilley (aka The FlyLady) offers an opposite approach. The program is downright frumpy when compared to the sophistication and sparkle of KonMari, but beneath that lies a very approachable and do-able system that centers around doing things in 15 minute increments. We’ve all got 15 minutes a day to spare, right? If you have trouble focusing on a major overhaul or find that a little-bit-every-day approach fits better into your lifestyle, this may be the avenue for you. The journey begins quite humbly in simply keeping a shiny sink.

Julie Morgenstern

Deep down, do you suspect your inability to keep up with the clutter of life is something uniquely yours that will in no way be tamed by the cookie-cutter approaches your friends brag about over coffee? Perhaps Julie Morgenstern’s philosophy is your answer. Her method revolves around finding solutions “from the inside out” and stresses not changing who you are but rather finding an approach that identifies the root of your disorganization and works within your individual style. It’s easy to say we want to change how we organize our lives, jobs, and families, but is that what we really want? Maybe you just want to stay YOU and let the system accommodate. It’s a valid goal, and could be worth exploring. Julie Morgenstern helps you focus on doing just that.

There you have it, three little dips into what the dream of organization might hold for you. If any of them pique your interest you can find out more by going the following websites:

https://konmari.com/

http://www.flylady.net/

https://www.juliemorgenstern.com/

Even better, order a few of the books that appeal and set them aside to read next summer at the pool (once you unbury your suit and sunscreen from last July). After all…there’s always next Spring.

Happy organizing!