Back in September I completed the not insubstantial task of tidying Louis' room using the principles in Marie Kondo's 'Life Changing Art of Tidying Book'. Four months on and it's a miracle! His attic retreat remains in good order. True I have to pop up and retrieve socks, pants and sweet wrappers from under the bed. But there's not been a return to the groaning pit of squalour it used to be where I stood in despair and thought 'Where the hell do I start with this lot!'
The landing outside is also ordered. There's even storage areas that are empty. And there's still plenty of shelf top available for Louis to acquire more crap to display. Of course I meant treasures just then.
The rest of the house remains easy to look after as well now that all that I own has a home. Yes I've had plenty of people take the piss but let them. Honestly I feel happier now as my tidying heroine, Marie, promised. But then I always knew that it would be so. For I'd worked out the inter-relationship between an uncluttered environment and a calm mind a long time ago.
Just two problem areas remain. The sheets on the top shelf of my linen cupboard are messy. I'm not the best at precision folding yet. I'm on a mission to work something out. By the way all my pillowcase are stored vertically in that storage box. I'm super happy with that arrangement. Sad isn't it? No wonder Louis periodically forces me to self test for OCD.
My food cupboard isn't to my liking either. I'm blaming the Second Martha Stewart. She sent me away with two big bags of uneaten food from her holiday home at the end of her stay. So my larder is a bit crammed. I'll just have to set about thinking how to use some of the strange goodies I've accumulated and start munching. Bacon jam on a great big gingerbread man anyone?
This system works. I'd really recommend it. The house is easier to clean. Nothing gets lost because everything has its own home. Every purchase is made on the basis of whether it brings joy and enhances my life. Way more stuff still leaves my home than is making its way through the door. The sense of space is wonderful and still expanding.